Why do I have long boot times? Pt 1

So one of the questions that comes to mind every now and then in technical circles (and outside as well) is “Why doesn’t it take so long for my machine to boot?”.  Just what’s going on in there while these friendly, soothing graphics come up on the screen, and I wait and wait for a…


GUI Tool to collect ETW tracing, dumps, etc

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/e8649e35-26b1-4e73-b427-c2886a0705f4   So, check this out.  It allows you to collect ETW tracing, dumps, all kinds of stuff.  It does not work on Windows XP, but still, a handy little tool nonetheless.


SPA, not your typical freeware

In the Vital Signs workshop, we touch upon the tool SPA (Server Performance Advisor).  This unsung hero of performance evaluation deserves some love, which is why I’m writing about it over 5 years after its last update was published and made available on the downloads site, here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61a41d78-e4aa-47b9-901b-cf85da075a73&displaylang=en So, Clint Huffman, creator of PAL, wrote…