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  • Blog Post: Using A PAL Template To Easily Capture Performance Data

    I recently blogged about using PAL to analyse an existing performance monitor log file. That is great if you have an existing log, but what if this is not the case? How can we easily capture the correct counters in the log file? Again PAL can come to the rescue! Let's assume that...
  • Blog Post: “Slow” File Copy Issues

      A recent performance issue case revolved around slow disk access times, and the impact that this had on Hyper-V and Windows in general. The customer had identified that one of their SAN units was dramatically out performing another one, even though the slower unit should have been orders of magnitude...
  • Blog Post: Updated PAL Tool 2.3.1 Released

    Note: The follow-up can be found here : http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2012/07/19/using-pal-template-to-easily-capture-performance-data.aspx Clint Huffman Tweeted that he released an updated build of the PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool . This build contains both fixes and...
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    A long time ago, in a continent far, far away from where I currently live…. There was a younger, fitter and better looking version of me. One of the few woes that this chap had, was that on a Friday afternoon he would be struggling to delete enough files off a server to allow that day’s event log archive...
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    Since it was first introduced the Exchange User Monitor (ExMon) tool is one of those outstanding Swiss army knife tools that are embedded in the Exchange administrator’s toolbox.  ExMon will allow administrators to see in almost real-time what the user activity on the server is, and how this impacts...