I PTE the fool: !SYSPTES 4 works in Vista SP1/WS08

System Page Table Entry (PTE) issues are some of the top support issues for servers that run large server applications and have a relatively large amount of Random Access Memory (RAM). PTEs are structures used to track pages of RAM, similar to the way a telephone number is used to track a telephone to a…

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Hey Admins! Taking some of the pain out of analyzing perfmon captures.

Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool Project Description: Ever have a performance problem, but don’t know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format) and analyzes it using complex,…

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Some docs to help get you ready for Windows 2008.

Yes you are going to want Windows 2008 in your shop.  We’ve been running 2k8 for over two year sin production and I’m very proud of the product we’re shipping shortly.  Some of you will want to start thinking about what’s new in the OS, what has changed, performance, and deployment.  Here are some docs/links…


Does my CPU support hardware virtualization (Hyper-V)

As the talk about hardware virtualization heats up from Microsoft and others you might find yourself wondering if the current hardware you’re running supports it.  My HP xw9300 workstation doesn’t (older AMD Opterons), but it looks like my xw8400 does (Intel Xeon 5150s).   More info on programs you can use (including the one above)…

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Dial in your debugging skills with this book.

So this book has been getting mentioned around by a lot of reputable contacts internally so my teammate picked up a couple copies and I’ve been browsing it since. Browsing? Like all books in this category (Windows Internals, C++ Programming, etc) I don’t read it cover to cover, if you do you should earn a…


Supported upgrades for domain controllers to Windows 2008 (Melting Pot in CorpNet)

Currently we are running Win2k3 SP1, R2, SP2, Win2k8 Beta3, RC0, RC1, and RTM Escrow idomain controllers in production…  Since we’re running some downlevel servers in the environment and I was interested in what is supported to be upgraded to Windows 2008 when we sign off and the the DVDs start getting pressed.  Luckily a…

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How long did it take that command to run?

When troubleshooting latency issues I’ve found it helpful to have firm numbers of how long it took for a command to run?  For instance we were looking at an issue where net viewing a server took a long time, but we didn’t have firm number of how long it took each time to compare with…


Vista SP1 and Windows 2008: No /console switch with MSTSC

I’ve ran into this a few times here and each time I stare at my screen for some time (depends on how much coffee I’ve had) and then remember this change.  When you install Vista SP1 or install Win2k8 the console switch for MSTSC will be ignored (it’s gone).  They’ve made a change that requires…

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SystemRootSystem32RDPDD.dll failed to load

  This is an FYI post for an issue we’ve seen on a couple of Windows 2003 SP2 servers internally.  Hopefully if someone hits this in the wild they’ll be able to find this post on the intertubes. Symptom: When attempting to connect from the client via RDP,  you would click “connect” and then soon…

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