Windows Performance Monitor Overview

Hello AskPerf!  My name is Matt Graham and I will be writing a high level overview of the capabilities of Windows Performance Monitor.  The intention of this blog post is to introduce new users to this powerful, and often underutilized, tool.  So rather than going through each part of Performance Monitor and explaining it in… Read more

Windows Dynamic Cache Service Updated

Good morning AskPerf! This is a quick blog to inform you that you no longer have to contact Microsoft Technical Support to obtain the Dynamic Cache Service for Windows Server 2008 R2. It is now freely available to download from the following link: Microsoft Windows Dynamic Cache Service Additional Resources Too Much Cache? Microsoft Windows… Read more

Heads up: Perfmon algorithm issue found/fixed

One of our Escalation Engineers has posted the following blog on the NTDEBUGGING page: Performance Monitor Averages, the Right Way and the Wrong Way Recently we have found that under some conditions perfmon will use the incorrect algorithm to calculate averages.  When reading from log files perfmon has been formatting the values, summing them, and… Read more

Emerging issue with Windows Server 2012 and the HpCISSs2.sys driver

Hello AskPerf readers.  We wanted to alert you to an issue that is generating calls within support here recently.  The October 2012 release of the HP HpCISSs2.sys driver is causing Windows Server 2012 to hang or become unresponsive every 3 –7 days. Check out the blog below that details more information on this issue: Windows… Read more

Finally a Windows Task Manager Performance tab blog!

Good morning AskPerf!  How many times have we looked at Windows Task Manager and wondered what the values on the Performance tab meant?  Why do they not add up?  What is the difference between Free and Available Memory, etc., etc., etc.?  In today’s post, we will take a look at these values and explain what… Read more

PFE’s Troubleshooting Performance issues with Windows Performance Recorder

Hey Folks, one of our peeps on AskPFEplat posted a great blog on Troubleshooting Performance issues using the Windows Performance Recorder app.  This tool allows you to easily capture XPERF traces on your *machines.  Go check it out! Troubleshooting Windows Performance Issues Using the Windows Performance Recorder *NOTE  Windows Performance Toolkit v5.0 is only compatible… 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

Two Minute Drill: Using PROCDUMP

Hello again AskPerf!  Blake Morrison here to introduce you to a new tool from Sysinternals called ProcDump.  If you are familiar with AdPlus then ProcDump will be a welcome addition to your debugging arsenal.  ProcDump is a new command line tool which allows you to monitor a running process for CPU spikes, and then create… Read more