Interacting with Data Collector Sets via Powershell

Background: In an earlier post I talked about some new features for Windows 2008 and Vista.  One of those new features that is often overlooked are the data collector sets (DCS).  One particular role that leverages data collector sets is active directory.  Active directory has put “hooks” into tracing that can really take a lot…

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Got IPSEC? Got Problems? New tool released to help you triage IPSEC failures.

The Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool is available for Windows Server 2008, for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2003, and for Windows XP This should help you out when you have those weird "network" issues going on with some clients where IPSEC is deployed. Description from KB: You can use the Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool to…

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Some useful debugging commands

All of these are for kernel mode, these are just commands I use often that don’t troubleshoot a particular problem, but are helpful in getting a general picture of the system.  If you have a specific issue you’re trying to understand, drop a note and I’ll see if there is a command to help you…

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Hey Admins! Gathering information from remote machines using WMI (the easy way).

  Those who are just getting into scripting might be wondering how to query info from remote machines using WMI and how to find useful information to query.  When I started out trying to learn some of the WMI syntax and gathering info,  I started with ScriptoMatic.  I found this tool to be quick and…

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Tidbits for admins for the 2k8 release…

Just some random stuff as you get ready for 2k8… Getting the Classic cluster logs: Clustering in Win2k8 has undergone some major changes (for the better).  One of those changes is that the cluster events are now part of the event stream so sifting through the cluster logs is a thing of the past.  You…

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Taking a circular netmon capture from the command prompt

You’ve probably heard that netmon3.1 is out, but you might not know that you can easily launch a capture at the command prompt.  I find this useful when we’re waiting on a repro, we want a capture, but we don’t know when that’s going to happen.  Sure you could set this up in the GUI…

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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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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…

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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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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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