Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues with Terminal Services–new documentation available

Hi all, We have a really short post for today, but one that may be helpful to a few of you. One of our biggest call generators has always been the dreaded ‘Remote Desktop Disconnected’ or ‘Can’t Connect to Remote Computer’ error messages when trying to connect to a terminal server from a client. The… Read more

Terminal Services – Exploring the Shadows

Hello folks, my name is Madhurjya and I would like to talk a bit about an interesting feature in Terminal services which is known as the Terminal Services Shadow Region. On a terminal server, whenever applications are installed, it first writes the new application registry entries to the HKeyCurrentUser\Software registry location. At the same time,… Read more

Performance counter for iSCSI

I know most of my blogs are kind of long but when I came across this information I felt a need to do a quick entry about it as the information is really hard to find. A customer recently asked me about one of our iSCSI performance counters. It was the Average Request Processing Time… Read more

Getting multiple credential prompts when connecting to Remote Desktop Remote Apps

In working with some customers lately we have seen a troubling trend. Many of our customers had worked long and hard to troubleshoot their WebSSO (Web Single Sign On) issues, but to no avail. They were excited and hopeful to present to their customers the ability to log onto a website and then to only… Read more

Windows Print Cluster Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2

In recent months we have seen an increasing volume of print cluster cases being opened due to poor performance. For example slow failover or spooler crashes. This article is provided as a guide for print server administrators to identify and resolve possible causes of these performance issues. 1.    To increase print server stability, only the… Read more

Performance tuning Windows Server 2008 R2 Pt 2

In our previous post, we discussed basic performance tuning related to CPU, RAM and Pagefile. In this post, I would like to go into physical disks, the disk subsystem and power management for disks. When it comes to physical disks, you have to make a decision between speed, storage and interface type. Consumer and many… Read more

We have our heads in The Cloud

Here on AskPerf we typically make posts that are very technology-specific or teach customers how to troubleshoot or identify issues. This time I feel the need to discuss something still technology-specific, but not with my direct team. I am sure everyone has been hearing a lot about the Cloud and cloud computing, but often don’t… Read more

Windows Phone 7 Officially Announced

This is not the type of thing we typically post here on AskPerf, but in this case I am making an exception. Windows Phone 7 was officially announced today, and we are all excited here at Microsoft and can’t wait for November 8th, or even earlier for those of you living in Europe.… Read more

An Introduction to WinRM Basics

Hello everyone, This is Krishnan and I would like to discuss a bit about the Windows Remote Management tool (WinRM) for Windows Server 2008 R2. First, some design info. Windows Remote Management is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Management Protocol. It uses SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) over HTTP and HTTPS, and thus is considered… Read more

Hanging out on Facebook with all the cool kids

So, in an attempt to prove that we are at least partially with the times, AskPerf is now on Facebook. Combined with our existing presence on Twitter, we should soon be an unstoppable Internet force (at least among blogs that exist on Technet and have ‘Ask’ in the title). At any rate, we are lonely… Read more