AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything-September 2016

UPDATE (9/26/2016 @ 10:45a ET): Thank you all for your participation in this AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything Q&A blog session! We are ending active questioning at this time. Rest assured, if you have asked us questions and have not yet gotten a response, we are still working on it. Additionally, we would like to request feedback on… Read more

PFE Days: Microsoft Irvine office: Thursday, March 24th, 2016: Vital Signs Express featuring the CLUE

Hi all,  If you guys are in the Irvine, Orange County area, stop by for 2-3 hours of automating the Windows client and server performance troubleshooting using CLUE. • Have you been manually setting up Perfmon/PAL and Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT a.k.a. WPA/Xperf) to troubleshoot performance issues? • Have you been automating data analysis using… Read more

PSA: Great Series on Windows Performance

  This is David Gregory and I wanted to share with you guys a great series on Windows Performance by Mark Renoden, Roger Southgate and Scott Duffey, some PFE’s from Australia. They did a good job of tying all the posts together so you can just read one after another:   http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrenoden/archive/2015/07/15/windows-enterprise-client-boot-and-logon-optimization-part-1-introduction.aspx   Enjoy! G’day,… Read more

How to find expensive, inefficient and long running LDAP queries in Active Directory

Hey y’all, Mark back again. I’d like to say in my best TV show announcer voice, we have a real treat for you today. Have you ever wondered what clients were sending expensive or inefficient LDAP queries to your domain controllers? Are long running LDAP queries possibly leading to poor server application performance or even… Read more

Another Troubleshooting Adventure: More Real Life Memory Pool Leaks

Hello all, Jesse Esquivel here again with another post I hope you find useful. This post is a great complement to Jerry Devore's post on diagnosing a leak in non paged pool using event viewer, poolmon, and perfmon! Today I’m going to talk about analysis of a leak in paged pool kernel memory and the… Read more

Troubleshooting Adventure: A Real Life Memory Pool Leak

Hi this is Jerry Devore with my first blog contribution. I am dedicated Premier Field Engineer specializing in Active Directory for a couple enterprise customers in the mid-west. Dedicated PFEs are generally embedded with Premier customer’s architects and operational staff with the primary objective of understanding their environment so we can provide proactive guidance around… Read more

Using PowerShell To Gather Performance Data

Those that have read some of my prior posts on Windows Server 2012 would note that I like to write about new features and capabilities.  Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 both provide PowerShell cmdlets allowing you the ability to gather and output performance data.  The geek in me is all over this with ideas,… Read more

Why you want to be using VHDX in Hyper-V whenever possible and why it’s important to know your baselines

Hello, Jeff “The Dude” Stokes here for another post. The other day I was implementing in my lab a pure Microsoft VDI solution (blog coming soon) leveraging the latest and greatest Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2. While doing so, I noticed I was getting abysmal performance coming from a four disk enclosure of RAID class… Read more

Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 2): Windows Server 2012

My last installment about how Windows Server handles processor cores discussed Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Windows Server 2012 is out and the editions available differ somewhat from prior Windows operating system releases.  With the editions available, key differences are not regarding features as one might think but actually concern virtualization rights. … Read more

Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 1)

Recently someone asked me of my thoughts on how Windows Server handles processor cores.  With newer processors available with more than 2 or 4 cores each, it seemed like a good time to revisit this topic.  If you have a system with multiple processor sockets and a few new processors with 2, 4, 6, 10, or… Read more