A day (or two) in the life of an MSCOM Debug Engineer

Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed.  Unfortunately you never know if a given day is one of them until you have someone walk in with a “quick problem”.  Usually these interruptions are easily deflected with a simple “What is the problem you are having?”  Hopefully the answer is “DNS” or…

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MSCOM WebCast Morphed Into PodCast…A Great Idea From A TechEd2006 Customer

While the Microsoft.com Operations team was in Boston two weeks ago presenting at TechEd2006, a customer came up to chat with us. He had a great idea. He said, “I really liked the webcasts that MSCOM has done. I only wish that I could get the audio from those webcasts in a format that I…

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What-Ya-Got-Too-Much-of Stew

Many stories of the popular author Patrick McManus, contain references to a mysterious concoction, “Whatchagot Stew”.  The recipe for this stew is summarized as being whatever people have on hand, tossed together and boiled for some period of time.  The name being derived from how you start cooking it, someone askes “What’s for dinner?” and…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…5th Session Companion Demo Files: Debugging Without the Debugger In IIS and ASP.NET

As promised here are the demo batch from Friday March 31 webcast “Debugging Without the Debugger In IIS and ASP.NET” presented by Chris St.Amand.   Here is the link available to download from the Microsoft Download Center. This download is a winzip file that contains the batch files.   All of these are simple notepad…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…5th Session Q & A: Debugging Without the Debugger In IIS and ASP.NET

Friday’s topic “Debugging Without the Debugger In IIS and ASP.NET” presented by Chris St.Amand, a Sr. Systems Engineer on the MSCOM OPS Debugging Team, proved to be a very popular topic, and a strong ending to MSCOM Ops March Debug Madness webcast series. Chris showed how Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) enables you to extract…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness...3rd Session Companion Logs for "Diagnosing Memory Leaks In ASP.Net Apps" Webcast

Here is the Download Center link to the  with the web logs that Jim Dobbin captured during his webcast Diagnosing Memory Leaks In ASP.Net Applications. These are great to have locally on hand if you plan to watch the webcast on-demand (see link above for on-demand location). These are the Console Debugger Logs that capture…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…4th Session Q & A Tackling Problems In Dynamic Assemblies

Thrusday’s topic was “How to Tackle Problems In Dynamically Generated Assemblies” presented by Khalil Nassar, a Sr. Systems Engineer on the MSCOM OPS Debugging Team. Here are your questions and Khalil’s answers.   Asked: Do these techniques require the program to be a debug build or does it work with release builds too?Answered: These techniques…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…3rd Session Q & A Dignosing Memory Leaks in ASP.NET Applications

Wednesday’s topic was “Diagnosing Memory Leaks in ASP.NET Applications” presented by Jim Dobbin, a Sr. Systems Engineer on the MSCOM OPS Debugging Team. As this week progressed we continued to be impressed by the level of the questions asked. Here are your questions and Jim’s answers.   1.       Asked: Is this built into Visual Studio…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…2nd Session Q & A Debugging CLR Internals

Tuesday we jumped into “Debugging CLR Internals” (which is now avaiable on-demand) and presented by Jeff Stucky, the Systems Engineer Manager of the MSCOM OPS Debugging Team. The folks that attended asked some outstanding questions…   1.       Asked: is the inclusion of a try catch block bad for the performance of an app even though…

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