Which OS for the 64bit Dual Core?

I was asked over on the Channel 9 blog about which operating system do I have running on the new 64bit, dual-core 4-ways. Well… As for the OS…  Our servers are rebuilt with each lab engagement so it doesn’t stay one OS very long.  We custom build each lab engagement based on what the customer…

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Need a Few Processors?

Referring back to my post on hyperthreading, I had to remove quite a few procs to get the correct number of physical processors and logical processors for a customer test. Unfortunately, I have found that using a “numprocs” boot.ini switch doesn’t suffice for testing the correct number. For example, we have a customer that would…

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New 64bit DUAL CORE Servers in the RAT CAGE… YAAAH

Who are the new animals in the rat cage?  Two new servers… that you as a Microsoft customer can use for testing!  HP ProLiant DL585, Four 2.4ghz AMD Opteron 64bit DUAL CORE processors, 32GB of RAM, Four 32gb 2.5 inch SAS drives If you are not familiar with what multiple core processors can do for you,…

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Happy Holidays

Sorry it’s been over a month since I’ve blogged.  Things have been hectic around the lab and back at my cage (with the holidays). Speaking of holidays, I’m sure you’ve seen the OUTSTANDING video that Carson Williams put together with sync’ing thousands of lights with music. Great job, Carson!!!  Here’s a couple of his masterpieces: Wizards in…

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Hyper-Threading? Multi-Core? What the?

Another very common question around the cheese post and watering dish.  What does it all mean? Hyper-Threading “If I enable Hyper-Threading on a dual-processor server, I’m really getting a 4–way, right?” Not exactly.  Even though 4 processors show up in Task Manager, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have four proc’s.  Instead, you have 2 physical…

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How much traffic can Windows 2003 Server handle?

That’s the question that I was asked today. My answer: It depends. Many folks will ask if we can share the results of tests that we’ve performed with other customers.  I’m sorry, but we can’t.  The vast majority of the testing that we do is specific to that customer (many times, applications that they have…

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Exchange Server Status (cont)

Man…  the LabRat must have eaten some bad cheese, as I’ve been out of the office with a sick stomach..  Oh well, enough of my woes… To expand on the Exchange Server Connection Status window…  actually, I would prefer to call it the Outlook Connection Status window, because in my opinion, it tells you more…

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Exchange Server Status

Sorry folks, I created the blog shortly before going to San Diego for a team summit, so I haven’t had a chance to blog. Anyhow, I have some “bigger” tips coming up, but here’s a little niblet of cheese from the labrat for you to chew on while I play catch-up on email. Upon my…

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Tips on the way from the Lab Rat

To give you a bit of a background….  I work in the Microsoft Services Labs.    Our facilities are for customers (like you) to come in and perform testing with Microsoft providing guidance and consulting.  We do everything from customer-developed application testing (not client functional testing, but performance/scalability on the sever side of things), migration testing,…

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