Xperf-o-Rama

At the Premier Webcast I ran today I was asked a couple times if I could link some ‘getting started’ type guides to the content.  So I made a blog post. All of this is public Microsoft information, nothing secret here.  Just organized a little better. So, first, how does xperf work? Second, http://ecn.channel9.msdn.com/pdc09/ppt/CL16.pptx Lastly,…

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How to sustain your data collector set through a reboot!

This is a special post, from the Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE) Vital Signs Instructors alias…something we felt should be shared. EDIT 2016: Note that Clint Huffman made a post to do this in logman in a black box recorder stype. I recommend following that too if you need the functionality: Clint's world, party time, excellent…

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How to apply a bios update to the HP 8540w

I am primarily posting this to increase visibility.  I had many problems trying to apply the most recent bios to my 8540w, I always got an error that “SYSTEM DOES NOT CONTAIN THE NECESSARY WMI SUPPORT FOR THIS VERSION OF HPQFLASH” and something about a version 4… This is trying to apply version F.20… Turns…

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Pal 2.1 is released

My buddy Clint Huffman, performance expert and all around great guy, has just released PAL 2.1! http://pal.codeplex.com/ Pick it up, give it a whirl. It includes a threshold file for FAST search for SharePoint. Anyway, more coming from me soon.   Jeff

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How to setup a rolling 200 meg log file in 2003 with a PAL template that sustains reboots

1.  Get a PAL template or other perfmon template.  You can run PAL at pal.codeplex.com or use one created for you by CTS or another party. Simply open PAL, go to the “Threshold File” tab at the top, and Export the template by clicking “Export to Perfmon Template”.  Note to save it as a “Windows…

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The Dude’s Greatest Hits

As requested by several customers, I’m putting up a list of tools I find useful in troubleshooting, etc… First up…. Data Gathering I use the following tools to gather data from systems.  Each has its own place, much like a mechanic has many tools, so does the average engineer… PFE MPS Reports.  I use these…

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How I stand up a new MDT environment, Part 7

Ok, break time is over yo…. Step 5 The Task Sequence magic So lets do another properties on our Task Sequence and go to the “OS Info” tab, which will look like this: Click “Edit Unattend.xml” Now this is why I (we, you are following along right?) selected an x86 version of 7 to do…

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How I stand up a new MDT environment, Part 6

Step 4.1 The Task Sequence magic Now that the Task Sequences are created, its important to note you are NOT done here yet.  It is not yet soup… Before we proceed any further, I typically implement the changes the Deployment Guys recommend to add your own custom actions to the Task Sequence editor, documented here. …

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How I stand up a new MDT environment, Part 5

Step 4.  Task Sequences So now with Operating Systems and Applications added to the console, it’s time to add a Task Sequence or three… I always give my Task Sequences an ID of a number.  You can use anything, but I like the numeric relevance, and its easier to type if you end up specifying…

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How I stand up a new MDT environment, Part 4

Step 3.1 App Bundles So at this point you’ve imported/added your applications and are wondering why I created a folder named bundles…maybe? These are groupings of applications so we can force feed a bundle of apps onto a build, rather than selecting them one at a time in a wizard…. I’ve defined a x64 and…

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