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…

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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.

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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…

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On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again….

So I’m a PFE now, Premier Field Engineer.  It’s an interesting gig, sort of like running your own company within Microsoft.  I’m doing Platforms now, instead of Exchange.  Trying to keep the mind limber and all. So far I’ve been doing shadowing of other PFEs as they do things like Active Directory Risk Assessments and…

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Defeated by Unexpected Transaction Log File growth

Applies to Exchange 2003, concepts apply to 2007 as well.  I’ve bumped into a few cases recently where the customer had unexpected transaction log file growth that caused the server to dismount a storage group due to lack of disk space.  In this post I’ll attempted to explain why this occurs, how to troubleshoot it,…

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