Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: Automatic Memory Dump

There is a new memory dump option introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 called “Automatic memory dump.” This is the default option selected when you install Windows. The “Automatic memory dump” type was created to support the “System Managed” page file configuration. The “System Managed” page file has been updated to reduce the… Read more

Announcing public availability of MBAM Compliance Data Cleanup Tool

Hello!! My name is Himanshu Singh and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with Windows Core Team at Microsoft. I am writing today to provide a solution to a particular problem many of you have faced with Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) version 1.0. There have been situation where you as a MBAM Admin… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster Sessions at TechEd

Start getting familiar with Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering by viewing the sessions that were delivered at TechEd 2012.  These sessions are posted online now for your viewing pleasures.  For those not familiar with what TechEd is, I offer this. TechEd is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive… Read more

Having a problem with nodes being removed from active Failover Cluster membership?

Welcome to the AskCore blog. Today, we are going to talk about nodes being removed from active Failover Cluster membership randomly. If you are having problems with a node being removed from membership, you are seeing events like this logged in your System Event Log: This event will be logged on all nodes in the… Read more

Keeping backups of Cluster Logs

In a previous blog, Understanding the Cluster Debug Log in 2008, you were given the information on how Cluster logging in Windows 2008 Failover Clustering and beyond has changed from the earlier versions. In this blog, you were shown how the size of the log can be manipulated in order to keep a recommended 72… Read more

Incorrect file versions getting restored on removing patches

Hello. My name is Digvijay Nath, and I’m a Technical Lead with the Windows Performance team at Microsoft. This is a short blog on installation and removal of updates and hotfixes and its effects. Consider the following scenario – We have a system binary with the version 5.2.3790.4043. You install an update, say KB2507938 –… Read more

Windows 2012 Release Candidate now available !!

May 31st marked a special day for Microsoft and our customers worldwide. Our Windows team announced the release of our latest preview of Windows 2012 – Windows 2012 Release Preview (RP).  This includes Windows 2012, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 2012 apps for Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more) – plus hundreds of new apps in the… Read more

FREE CLASS: Windows Server 2012: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution.

  Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there… Read more

Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to install KB2686509 failed (0x8007F0F4)

Today’s blog is going to cover some issues regarding the installation of MS12-034 (2686509).  When installing this update you may encounter the following error message: Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to install KB2686509 failed (0x8007F0F4) The existence of %windir%FaultyKeyboard.log indicates that we found a keyboard layout registered on the computer but… Read more

Exchange DAGs and Cluster Networks

One of my colleagues here at Microsoft wrote a couple blogs on managing Exchange networks on a cluster so I thought I’d post the links since they are tied into behavior you would see in a clustered environment. Exchange 2010: Mapping DAG network states to cluster network states… Exchange 2010: Collapsing DAG Networks Jeff Hughes… Read more