DFSR Debug Analysis with Message Analyzer – Part 1, Introduction

A little while ago I decided to spend some time learning Message Analyzer and to form an understanding of where it would fit in to my troubleshooting workflow. I started out reading the Message Analyzer blog posts which are a great source of material. Depending on the version of Message Analyzer you start out with,…


Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 22, Blog Post Series Wrap Up

This post concludes the series that started here. Over the past few weeks I’ve presented a “lite” version of the Microsoft Services Premier Workshop – Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization. If you’ve stayed with me from the start, I hope the series has been a valuable read and that it’s provided some insight…

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Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 21, Infrastructure and Settings – Network

This post continues the series that started here. Earlier in this post series, I’ve discussed the importance of client system proximity to server resources. Whether the client is retrieving group policy data from a Domain Controller or loading a roaming user profile, it’s important that the network conversations occur quickly. Sometimes, you may be investigating…


Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 19, Infrastructure and Settings – User Profiles

This post continues the series that started here. Today I want to discuss the impact of user profiles to the logon experience. User profiles contain different data, some of which may roam from system to system depending on the configuration choices you make – Here we see that Roaming User Profiles carries all user generated…


Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 18, Infrastructure and Settings – Group Policy

This post continues the series that started here. Going forward from this post until the end of the series, I want to discuss the impact that your infrastructure and settings have on Enterprise client boot and logon. I’m going to begin with Group Policy. Synchronous Group Policy Processing I outlined the Winlogon phase activities during…

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Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 17, Wait Analysis – More Challenging Example

This post continues the series that started here. In my last post I introduced Wait Analysis, showing a simple example. In this post, I’ll describe the process of following waits from one thread to another. Referring to the diagram from last time – I’d start by finding thread T1 waiting, identify that it’s waiting for…

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Windows Enterprise Client Boot and Logon Optimization – Part 16, Wait Analysis

This post continues the series that started here. From Part 6 to Part 15 of this post series, I’ve discussed activities that take place across, and during boot phases. I’ve shown you how to measure the phases, examine activities, consider the impact of CPU/Disk utilization and to deduce next steps in your troubleshooting. There are…

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