Happy Holidays (2009) & Happy Birthday

The end of the year is upon us.  It seems as though 2009 went by in a blur.  It has definitely been a busy year for us though – and not just on the Performance team.  We’ve had some tremendous product launches across Microsoft as a whole in 2009 including: Windows 7 Windows 2008 R2… Read more

Hello to AskPerf

Assuming you have read the last post, you are now aware that CC is moving on to greener pastures, or at least a different pasture in the same building. I will be doing my best to take up the reins of the blog and continue to deliver helpful content to the members of the AskPerf… Read more

Farewell to AskPerf

Happy Friday AskPerf!  I’m sure you’ve already surmised by the title of the post that today’s topic is a somewhat bittersweet one.  XE3E9MT8HW5V It is said that all good things must come to an end.  In that same vein, the one constant about working at Microsoft is that change is inevitable.  Over the last three (well,… Read more

MS09-065 – Tracking a New Issue on Windows XP

Good morning folks!  Sorry that today’s post is a little later than usual.  We’ve been tracking an issue related to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-065 (KB Article 969947) on Windows XP.  You may notice odd behavior including system hangs, bugchecks or even blank desktops during RDP sessions following the installation of this patch.  Customers have reported… Read more

Designing Applications for High Performance

Happy Friday AskPerf!  We’ve had a few questions in the past about guidelines for application design in a faster computing environment.  Now, I make absolutely no claims whatsoever to being any sort of a code guru, and so I wasn’t about to try to pass myself off as an expert in that area!  Thankfully, after… Read more

Remote Desktop Services: Announcements

Good morning all – today’s post is a very brief one regarding new announcements concerning Remote Desktop Services.  The original announcements were made on the Remote Desktop ServicesTeam blog. RDS CAL Single Pack now available in Retail channel – Remote Desktop Client Access Licenses (CAL’s) were previously only sold in packs of 5 and 20. … Read more

Ten Tips and Tricks for Server Baselines

Happy Friday AskPerf!  One of our Technical Account Managers pinged me a few weeks ago and asked if I could put together something on how to do a server baseline.  After thinking about how best to do this for a while, I realized that trying to create a one-stop shop for server performance baselines goes… Read more

Just Me … and my Profile … (Part 2)

Welcome back AskPerf!  After our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series, it’s time to get back to business as usual.  Before our series I wrote a post touching on User Profile issues on Terminal Servers.  At the end of that post, I promised we’d come back and discuss some things you can… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: The Big Day is HERE!

That’s right folks!  It’s October 22nd – the big day is finally here!  Over the last twenty-one days, we’ve touched on a number of different features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We hope you’ve enjoyed our Launch Series.  Don’t fret – we have plenty more to write about regarding both operating systems…. Read more