The David Solomon TechNet Spotlight Talks are online once again!

As some would say…Mission Accomplished.  It’s a long story, but I use these videos, particular part of the part 3, in my class to teach how Windows talks to physical RAM.  The students just about universally dig it and now they are rescued from the Akamai cache and posted once again…. https://vimeo.com/15890452 https://vimeo.com/15888263 https://vimeo.com/15889595 As the…

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Troubleshooting slow boot times, Part Deux

In my last session, I covered a rudimentary usage of XPERF to analyze my slow booting Dell with a SSD in it.  The fix was simple and the problem stood out like a sore thumb.  Resolution was as simple as setting the Ambient Light Service from Dell into an Automatic (delays start) state. But what…

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The effects of Acoustic Management on rotational media disks.

So one of the trends I’ve been seeing in WDRAPs I’ve performed is that companies are making use of older hardware for newer tasks on a much more frequent basis than before.  Budgets seem to mandate a 4-5 year (or longer) pc recycle timeframe and the net result of this is companies are running their…

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To Hyper-Thread or not, that is the question….

So there was some discussion on an internal alias recently, like, well, this morning at 6 A.M….anyway, where we were talking about if having HT enabled was good or bad.  Some of our performance aliases tend to equate a HT processor as 20-30% of a normal processor.  It does give some benefit, but it also…

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Anti-Virus Exclusions and You!

So there is some amount of confusion on what exclusions are needed for various Microsoft products.  This blog is not necessarily meant to be a definitive list, but is a compilation, a list, of KB articles that point to the various products and their individual guidance on AV exclusions. A special shout-out to Aaron Ellison…

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My first MDT 2010 post

So, I’ve been working on some MDT 2010 work for various customers for about six months or so, but I finally found something that struck me as sort of odd and blog-worthy. So I created this big long involved task sequence for a customer and they attempted to lay it down over some older server…

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Today I was a WSUS/IIS Engineer

And it wasn’t half bad.  At this customer site I am at currently doing MDT 2010 deployment creation for a Windows Server 2008 R2 rollout, WSUS was breaking for the desktop deployment folks. WSUS was enabled on a Windows 2008 R2 server.  The website couldn’t be accessed, giving a server 500 error.  When I looked…

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