What do you say you DO here?

Just noticed the AD jigsaw poster has been updated for 2k8.  So next time your boss asks you “What do say you do here?”, don’t reply with I’m a people person!  Do the following: 1) Download one of the jigsaw posters from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c2b9e44e-0bbd-47cb-bc09-b3d48be7f867&DisplayLang=en 2) Print out on plotter 3) Give to boss 4) Ask for…

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Need to get IPCONFIG /ALL from a computer remotely?

I know people have scripted this, but this is so much easier…  You could use PSExec for running other commands as well, but someone recently asked me an easy way to get the IP info so here it is.  If you just want to be sitting at a command prompt on the remote computer then…

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Performance update for Vista RTM released today

Saw this on the Windows Vista team blog today. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943899 This update improves performance, responsiveness, and reliability of Windows Vista in various scenarios. This update resolves the following issues on a Windows Vista-based computer: •You receive a “Stop 0x000000A0” error when you try to switch the computer to the hibernate state. •You receive a “Stop…

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These are a few of my favorite things… (Part 4)

Just some more tricks/tools I use frequently… Scale-to-Fit in Perfmon If you deal a lot with perfmon you know you can have a ton of different counters in one line graph or in one bar graph and that the scale is usually 0-100 which really isn’t applicable in some cases.  Now you can just alt…

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Got a handle leak? Use !Htrace to help find the leaking stacks non-invasively.

So when your an app developer or someone in my position where you need to track down memory leaks one of the tools to use is Htrace once you’ve identified it’s a handle leak.  I just wanted to put this post out there to show that I found you can use Htrace against a usermode…

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Returning just the errors using Wevtutil.exe

I posted on how you can use Wevtutil to enumerate the event logs on server core or LH.  Someone left a comment asking how could they just return the errors from the System log instead of all the events.  Seems like a reasonable question and with a bit of research here is the solution.  …

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Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides (17 total) for your downloading pleasure.

Instead of trying to hunt down the docs you need, follow the link and download the services you will be deploying. Get them while their hot!  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang=en Creating and Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services Templates Step-by-Step Guide.doc Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services in an Extranet Step-by-Step Guide.doc Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services…

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Unable to remotely manage a Server Core machine (MMC, WMI, Device Manager)

I’ve been seeing a lot of churn internally and externally about installing a role on a server core machine and then trying to connect to it remotely only to find that the remote server core machine won’t allow you to connect.  Remote Management: To allow remote management of a server core machine run this locally on the…

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Not getting kernel memory dumps in Windows Vista or Windows 2008?

Backstory: With the advent of Windows Vista there are changes made in how the operating system determines if it can take a kernel memory dump or not.  Starting in Vista the amount of memory allocated for kernel mode could vary dynamically.  If the pagefile is not big enough, switching to minidump at dump time can’t…

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Booting into DSRM in Windows 2008

Since the boot.ini file no longer exists in Windows 2008, the way to boot into directory service repair mode has changed.  You can setup the OS to boot to DSRM a couple of ways as shown below.  I’d also mention that to due offline defrags and other NTDSUTIL commands against the database you can now…

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