Fides Tamen Quin

Trust, but Verify...and all the other things learned while troubleshooting.

Fides Tamen Quin

  • Windows 10: Adding and Keeping custom columns in File Explorer

    Every so often I get the crazy urge to clean up my photo, music or video content and when I do I love to see specific columns in File Explorer. For Photos, its Date Taken and maybe even Camera Model. For Music, its Album Size and Protected (to sort between...
  • Modifying the Action Center: Note button

    The NOTE icon in Action Center opens the Universal OneNote app. Full disclosure - I love OneNote. I love to organize things - created a recipe book over Thanksgiving, save websites (shopping!), use send to OneNote on emails, use Office Lens to send...
  • Troubleshooting Windows 10 Start Menu "Doesn't Work"

    If you are having trouble with Start Menu behavior such as: Start Menu never opens Start Menu occasionally opens Start Menu works for a while but then stops (reboot fixes it for a while) Action Center doesn’t open Search doesn’t...
  • Windows 10: Pin shortcuts to Start Menu

    Here's a quickie! Do you have specific files you use often? Websites? Or prefer the website to the App? Or maybe have an internal website that you can never remember the URL? Do you want to pin this to the Start Menu in Windows 10? First - there...
  • Intro to Windows 10, DPI and Scaling.

    I'm a bit rusty with my bloggy skillz, but here I go diving into it again. My goal on my blog is to always have fun yet provide decent foundation of information. I'm not a developer or full time debugger so I wont normally be code or debugger...
  • Windows 2012 servers that use HpCISSs2.sys become unresponsive typically every 3-7 days

    (updated 11/4/2013) Just a quick note out there on a specific issue we’ve been seeing lately. It is the really the only issue with Windows 2012 server hanging or becoming unresponsive that we’ve had up almost a year into the release of...
  • Why W8? Falling in love with a song. Everywhere.

    I was lucky enough to be graciously invited to join a friend of mine to the Kellogg’s Gymnastics Tour that visited Charlotte this past Friday. It was a fantastic show of strength, dexterity, control and grace… all of which I’m even...
  • Why W8? Surface RT and discovering Touch vs non Touch

    To start this off I want to set expectations properly. I never read the manual. On anything. I'll get a new toy (from Lawnmower to Surface) and I'll rip it out of the box and crank it up. If I cant figure out how to use it in the first 10-20 minutes then...
  • Something old, Something new.

    (…or what happens when squirrels forget where they buried their nuts) An issue ran into me a few weeks ago, that served as a great chance to use familiar tools in a new way, and also acted as a kick in the pants that sometimes legacy behaviors are best...
  • Sever "Hangs" and Ephemeral Port Exhaustion issues

    Recently I've run into several issues caused by ephemeral port exhaustion. The issues come to us with several different symptoms and behaviors - Some of which are listed here. The server is hung/ frozen/ unresponsive. I'm unable to access the...
  • I am 7 of 9!

    Ok, not really - more like this post is part 3 of 4. But the Borg made that title designation so cool :) Recently, I've touched on various methods to gather memory dump data to troubleshoot an issue. I posted on the four main root causes that lead...
  • How's it hanging?

    My last blog post I talked about the various ways to gather memory dumps. That came about as a result of me trying to get my mind around all the different options for dumps and ended up as a living document that consolidates pieces of several articles...
  • Potato ...Tomato... what's the difference?

    I've been asked several times in the past week "Why didn't this Update get installed on my system?" Which highlights a common problem we run into when troubleshooting…. English. We have so many words for the same thing, add onto that slang...
  • Welcome to the Jungle

    There is a scene in Jurassic Park where Wayne Knight's character, in a race to steal the dinosaur embryos by making a mad dash to the boat in a hurricane, drives the company car down an embankment and gets stuck in the mud. In his efforts to free himself...
  • Did ya get the memo?

    It seems that everywhere we look today we have a Process for dealing with something. From fire drills to hurricanes, training for a marathon or handling grief. Everything is a Process. Computers are no different... Except they are. When troubleshooting...
  • Wait… What?

    Crazy as it sounds, one of the things we forget when troubleshooting is often one of the most basic things we should know: How is it really suppose to work? I recently worked an issue regarding performance counters where the SQL performance counters...
  • Learning to Swim

    I'm not going to start a new blog by insulting my favorite Microsoft Solution, Small Business Server, and say supporting that is easy or tame...that's just not accurate. After several years in that realm I can safely say I learned to stay afloat in almost...