Tips and Tricks from the Lab Rat

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Tips and Tricks from the Lab Rat

  • WOW. Still getting questions on Dual-core

    Q: Can Windows 2000 take advantage of dual-core technology. Yes and No. This is a very common misconception. Windows 2000 *can* take advantage of both hyperthreaded *and* dual-core processors. To make a long story short, the OS is unaware of the...
  • I'm Still Here

    Wow... over a month since my last entry.... Sorry everyone, but things have been quite busy around the cage. By the way... we finally recieved another group of servers. In the purchase were: 15 - HP DL385, Dual-Processor, Dual-Core, AMD Opteron...
  • HP 64bit Opteron Follow-up Post

    I've had several folks email asking for more pics of the 64bit HP DL585 boxes, especially the drives and processor modules. Here ya go fellow geeks. ;-) SAS Drives Click on image for a larger view SAS Drive Internal Chassis Click on image...
  • Additional Patches for WMF (Windows Meta File) vulnerability

    For those of you not following our discussion over at the Channel 9 blog , there have been a couple of additional patches released today that are related to the WMF (Windows Meta File) vulnerability . You can find out more info about the two new...
  • Which OS for the 64bit Dual Core?

    I was asked over on the Channel 9 blog about which operating system do I have running on the new 64bit, dual-core 4-ways. Well... As for the OS... Our servers are rebuilt with each lab engagement so it doesn't stay one OS very long. We custom build...
  • Need a Few Processors?

    Referring back to my post on hyperthreading , I had to remove quite a few procs to get the correct number of physical processors and logical processors for a customer test. Unfortunately, I have found that using a "numprocs" boot.ini switch doesn't...
  • New 64bit DUAL CORE Servers in the RAT CAGE... YAAAH

    Who are the new animals in the rat cage? Two new servers... that you as a Microsoft customer can use for testing! HP ProLiant DL585, Four 2.4ghz AMD Opteron 64bit DUAL CORE processors, 32GB of RAM, Four 32gb 2.5 inch SAS drives If you are not familiar...
  • Happy Holidays

    Sorry it's been over a month since I've blogged. Things have been hectic around the lab and back at my cage (with the holidays). Speaking of holidays, I'm sure you've seen the OUTSTANDING video that Carson Williams put together with sync'ing thousands...
  • Hyper-Threading? Multi-Core? What the?

    Another very common question around the cheese post and watering dish. What does it all mean? Hyper-Threading “If I enable Hyper-Threading on a dual-processor server, I’m really getting a 4–way, right?” Not exactly. Even though 4 processors show...
  • How much traffic can Windows 2003 Server handle?

    That’s the question that I was asked today. My answer: It depends. Many folks will ask if we can share the results of tests that we’ve performed with other customers. I’m sorry, but we can’t. The vast majority of the testing that we do is specific...
  • Exchange Server Status (cont)

    Man... the LabRat must have eaten some bad cheese, as I've been out of the office with a sick stomach.. Oh well, enough of my woes... To expand on the Exchange Server Connection Status window... actually, I would prefer to call it the Outlook Connection...
  • Exchange Server Status

    Sorry folks, I created the blog shortly before going to San Diego for a team summit, so I haven't had a chance to blog. Anyhow, I have some "bigger" tips coming up, but here's a little niblet of cheese from the labrat for you to chew on while I play...
  • Tips on the way from the Lab Rat

    To give you a bit of a background.... I work in the Microsoft Services Labs . Our facilities are for customers (like you) to come in and perform testing with Microsoft providing guidance and consulting. We do everything from customer-developed application...