Suggested hotfixes for WMI related issues on Windows platforms *Updated August 9th, 2013*

Hi all,Some of the most difficult issues we face here on the Performance Team are WMI related issues. WMI is very pervasive, and when it breaks, you can experience a myriad of symptoms that are often very difficult to troubleshoot and fix. Here are a few examples of the symptoms that can occur, and that… 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

Breaking News: Argentina DST Change

Hey folks – in the midst of our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series, we have some information regarding Argentina and the DST change.  Argentina has determined that they will not be observing the DST change on October 18th.  The time change (moving the clocks forward one hour) was originally scheduled to… Read more

Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 – Service Pack 2

Last week we released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  The links in the “Additional Resources” section provide more depth information, but here are some key pieces of information: Language Release Schedule: Five languages (English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish) are part of the first release.  Wave 2 will include an… Read more

Managing the System Managed Page File

Hello again AskPerf!  Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mike Morales, one of our Escalation Engineers here in Irving, TX.  For those of you who have been with AskPerf for a while, Mike wrote a post for us a few months ago on UMDH.EXE.  We’ve discussed the page file in a number of different… Read more

PRF: Memory Management (General Issues – Windows Vista +)

MEMORY MANAGEMENT (GENERAL: WINDOWS VISTA AND LATER) Description:  Memory management is the term used to describe how Windows handles the manipulation and allocation of both virtual and physical memory resources. Physical memory is considered the total of physical RAM and the pagefile or pagefiles configured on the system. A pagefile is a file on a… Read more

APP: Application Compatibility Toolkit

APPLICATION COMPATIBILITY TOOLKIT (ACT)  Description: Description: The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) enables software developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and IT professionals who work in a corporate environment to determine, before rolling out within the organization, whether their applications are compatible with a new version of the Windows® operating system. ACT also enables such individuals to… Read more

Two Minute Drill: New Commands for Old Tasks in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Good Morning AskPerf!  Blake Morrison here once again with a quick note on some new ways to do familiar Control Panel tasks.  Prior to Windows Vista, if you wanted to launch a Control Panel applet using command-line syntax, you could simply invoke the .CPL file either by using the control <applet name> syntax or just… Read more

Who Moved My /3GB?

Last week, while planning blog posts for April, it occurred to me that although we had provided information on using the /3GB switch in the boot.ini file on Windows Server 2003, we hadn’t followed up with a post about how to implement this same functionality in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  Beginning with Windows… Read more

The Case of the Mysterious Blank Desktop

Hello folks, Prabhakar Shettigar here once more with another odd case from the trenches.  Recently my colleague Sumesh wrote about how Not All Systems Are Truly Equal.  Following on from his post, I thought I’d share some interesting anecdotes about a couple of strange cases I worked involving one of our more common Desktop Shell… Read more