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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 (x86) tuning for performance based on role

    Yes, this is rather late in the day to start talking about W2K3 as we’ve had 2 new versions of Windows Server since then, but it’s still a widespread OS and it might be interesting to understand how to make some subtle tweaks to tailor the system resources and behaviour to suit your needs. The three...
  • Blog Post: Tweaking for Performance (Disks & Volumes)

    There are plenty of people that like to tinker with the operating system to “tune” it and hopefully eke out a little more performance (possibly also going into the hardware side to fiddle with the Front Side Bus speeds. timings and voltages). One of the most common bottlenecks in a modern system is the...
  • Blog Post: It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it that counts…

    Soapbox time. ”If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is.” Tuning, tweaking, trimming, optimizing… however you refer to it, you should approach it the same way. This is not specific to Windows, software or even computers – in order to improve performance of “a system” you must first observe it to identify...
  • Blog Post: Network layer tweaks in Windows Server 2008

    KB article 951037 describes some of the new features in the OS related to the network layer, some similar to the “ Scalable Networking Pack ” released for Windows Server 2003 (included in SP2). Some environments (NICs, switches, routers) do not behave well with these new features and unpredictable symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Be kind, rewind (but don’t reboot)

    One very common belief I have come across is that rebooting Windows somehow “cleans” the system and returns it to normal speed after some performance degradation (and further that reinstalling the OS periodically does some magical cleaning too). For the most part, this is complete nonsense. Shutting...