Determining the Maximum Sizes of Kernel Memory Pools

While onsite with customers, I have found several more cases where the Windows Server 2003 32-bit is running dangerously low on kernel memory. Here lately it has been a lack of pool paged memory. In any case, you can use my earlier blog posts to estimate the kernel memory size. With that said, when you…

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Bling.ps1 (a functional proof of concept for PAL v2.0)

Work on PAL v2.0 (PowerShell version) is coming along nicely. While working on it, I created a functional proof of concept PowerShell script called Bling.ps1 which will read a performance monitor log (BLG or CSV) and will create graphical charts for all of the counters in it. PAL v1.x only creates charts and stats for…

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I survived an internet radio talk show

About a month ago, I was on Run As Radio (www.runasradio.com) doing a session on the PAL tool. This was a lot of fun. Here is the link. Clint Huffman Does Performance Analysis of Logs!http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=82 Also, a friend of mine, Shane Creamer, did an earlier session. It worked well because his session talks about core…

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Use the Hyper-V Counters for CPU Measurement

As a reminder to everyone, use the perf counter “\Hyper-V Hypervisor Logical Processor(_Total)\% Total Run Time” to measure CPU in a Hyper-V environment. If you are trying to measure CPU utilization in a Hyper-V environment and are a bit frustrated as to why the numbers don’t match up, then read the excerpt below. I spent…

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The Need for a Performance Analysis of Logs Tool

Introduction Performance analysis of log files (*.blg files) in Microsoft Windows has primarily been a manual process for as long as I can remember. We [Microsoft] have made some strides in this area, but there is still little out there that analyzes log files *after* a problem has occurred. Furthermore, nearly all of the Microsoft…

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How to use the PAL Tool for BizTalk Performance Analysis

Sorry, I haven’t blogged much in the past few months. I’ve been heads down on several exciting BizTalk projects which I’ll blog about soon after this one. For now, I want to get more of the word out about the Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool that I wrote in collaboration with other people on…

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An Optimal Network Load Balancing (NLB) Configuration

When I go on-site with customers who are using Microsoft Network Load Balancing (NLB), most of the time they have it in a *working* condition, but may be having intermitten networking issues with it. In this blog posting, I’m going to talk about pro’s and con’s of using NLB versus hardware solutions, how it is…

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Identifying 32-bit Kernel Memory Issues

I’m a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) and I go onsite with customers on a regular basis to conduct Health Checks. This is my first blog posting on TechNet, but I figured it would be on something important versus “Hello World”. 😉    More and more I am seeing customers who are not aware of kernel memory issues on the…

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