Fides Tamen Quin

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

Fides Tamen Quin

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Why W8? Don’t forget the lucky Charms

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist, Lucky Charms was on the tip of my tongue the first day I learned about that new feature in Windows 8. But this post isn't to pick on the new kid on the block. If you aren't familiar, Charms are the 5 items on the right...
  • 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...
  • Why W8? Media Center

    You have to say the next line like “When I was a kid, I had to walk 5 miles to school, barefoot, uphill in the snow, both ways!”  I adopted Media Center back around Windows XP when you had to either buy it prebuilt onto an OEM box or cheat and get...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...