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  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows Assessment Server from the Windows 8 ADK. Part 1 of X

    Fa-La…It’s the magical mystery tour…..   Well, not really, but it is the Windows Assessment Server brought to us by the Windows 8 ADK!   Lets fire this bad boy up and play around with it. Step 0.  Prepare your environment. You need DHCP and DNS and a Server running 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Bitlocker

    Today’s tip… Previously, BitLocker encryption has been an ‘all or nothing’.  Either a volume was completely encrypted or it was not.  Windows 8 brings us a new option, ‘Encrypt Used Disk Space Only’.  Just like it sounds, this option allows us to encrypt only the parts of the volume that...
  • Blog Post: RunAsRadio.com spot

    Look for the Dudes’ interview with Richard Campbell on RunAsRadio , where I get into a discussion on Slow Boot/Slow Logon scenarios, tools to use and common culprits. The spot appears on May the 18th! Links discussed on the interview are: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents...
  • Blog Post: How to collect a trace for audio or video problems in Windows 7

    Assume the following:  You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from.  The user complains of audio issues, stuttering, latency, etc…or video frame rate is low.  Something annoying. Like my previous post, lets cover a few basic rules here as we get started: 1.  If...
  • Blog Post: How to setup a rolling 200 meg log file in 2003 with a PAL template that sustains reboots

    1.  Get a PAL template or other perfmon template.  You can run PAL at pal.codeplex.com or use one created for you by CTS or another party. Simply open PAL, go to the “Threshold File” tab at the top, and Export the template by clicking “Export to Perfmon Template”.  Note to save it as a...
  • Blog Post: How to collect a good boot trace on Windows 7

    Assume the following: You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from. A good trace. One that you know other people will be able to decipher as well as yourself. Maybe I’ve asked you to collect a boot trace so I can look at it and pointed you to this blog. Maybe your Sherpa of IT...
  • Blog Post: The network impact of a Windows 8 RT device on your network.

    Edited! So someone had this question.  It’s a good one.  I didn’t know the answer so I found out….   Articles here and here would indicate that network traffic should be both intermittent and light.  So….lets check it out. The Test:   I built a Windows 8 VM in my lab.  Updated...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Bitlocker PIN

    Today’s tip… While it still requires administrative privileges to configure BitLocker, with Windows 8, standard users can now by default change their own PIN/Password.  It is recommended that this be used in conjunction with the ‘Configure use of passwords’ GPO setting to enforce length and complexity...
  • Blog Post: The Dude’s Greatest Hits

    As requested by several customers, I’m putting up a list of tools I find useful in troubleshooting, etc… First up…. Data Gathering I use the following tools to gather data from systems.  Each has its own place, much like a mechanic has many tools, so does the average engineer… PFE MPS Reports . ...
  • Blog Post: How to redirect Serial Ports in Windows Server 2012 RDS/VDI

    This tip came to me from a question someone posed internally that we had to find an answer for by hunting someone down .   This property isn’t exposed in Server Managers’ UI, so you can set it by calling this powershell command:   Set-RDVirtualDesktopCollectionConfiguration –CollectionName...
  • Blog Post: How to stand up a MediaWiki on Windows Server 2012 (10 easy steps with pictures)

    Step 1. Setup Windows Server 2012 (see my build a lab series for that if you don’t know how). Step 2. Patch it and name it blah blah. Step 3. Download Microsoft Web Platform 4.5: http://www.bing.com/search?setmkt=en-US&q=microsoft+web+platform+4.5 Step 4. Run it. Step...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Server 2012 Free e-book available

    I highly recommend giving this a read so you are ready for Windows Server 2012.  The dude had a hand in proofing the book and even has a sidebar on page 25 on performance monitoring.  Give it a read, rumor has it there may be some floating around at TechEd Orlando and Amsterdam as well… PDF...
  • Blog Post: Yet another xperf analysis post

    Pump up the volume, Pump up the volume… Slow Boot: Yep, that’s slow.  Clearly not in CPU usage though…what about disk? Nope (the dude knows nothing about this trace except he (when looking at it the first time) named it ROFLCOPTER)…. So basically the system hangs at boot from 30 second mark through...
  • Blog Post: What does a good boot look like (aka, what should I be happy with)?

    It’s a question I wasn’t prepared for in class last week, but one that made sense really.  For the IT Pro that doesn’t eat breath and sleep this stuff, what does a good or ‘fair’ trace look like? Something like this: What we are looking at here is a boot up that finishes before 45 seconds, with...
  • Blog Post: The David Solomon TechNet Spotlight Talks are online once again!

    As some would say…Mission Accomplished. It’s a long story, but I use these videos, particular part of the part 3, in my class to teach how Windows talks to physical RAM. The students just about universally dig it and now they are rescued from the Akamai cache and posted once again…...
  • Blog Post: The dude does xperf…

    So the Dude (that’s me) has gone over how to collect xperf traces a few times now, but what do we do after we’ve collected a solid .etl file you may ask?  Well, that’s what this post is all about.  This is how the Dude does it.  The Dude you see is listening to Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd...
  • Blog Post: When an Exchange Server doesn’t Exchange…

    “Well the high sheriff, told his deputy, won’t you go out and bring my Lazarus?” Why am I quoting the Po Lazarus tune, the opening song of “O Brother Where Art Thou?” when I’m supposed to be talking about the Exchange Server that doesn’t?  It’s the Chewbacca defense!  This Exchange Server is...
  • Blog Post: Ladies and Gentleman (and low lifes), it is with outstanding pleasure tonight that I am able to present to you, the reader, with an xperf trace….

    For those who didn’t yet know, the Dude is a fan of old school rap.  So one of these days, not much to do, I was chillin with my old school crew and I ran into a slow boot scenario… (Yes, I am in fact listening to Mona Lisa by Slick Rick the Ruler!) So I’m not picky, let me share this trace out...