How to collect a netmon 3.4 and xperf kernel trace and stop when a problem occurs.

So at a customer location the following question was posed to me: “In our VDI environment, how do we capture trace information?  How can we set a capture for the network and xperf the user can start (or logon script the start) and then give them a link to click when a random non-reproducible problem…


33 Seconds lost at boot…

Imagine you are an enterprise customer who has several thousand desktops that boot slow.  Inordinately slow…slow enough that your user base resists requests to reboot them for patch cycle or power savings efforts or diagnostics. So imagine you do the right thing, you keep the BIOS and firmware up to date, you update drivers, you…

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DPC triangle…

So once upon a time, a PFE had a problem with his video game stuttering.  The game would be playing fine and then suddenly, the sound would skip until he rebooted his PC.  Nothing in the event log, device manager reports all good… So we collected an xperf trace using the following flags: xperf -on…

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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…


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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