Power Parsing…some days you just need more power for your parser

Obviously the title can mean a bunch of different things, in this case we are merging two fun technologies: Microsoft PowerShell and Microsoft Log Parser.  Here in MSCOM Operations, we are in the process of introducing Microsoft PowerShell  into our environment and as a serious user of Log Parser I wondered how to get the…

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A Little VBS Script Saves the Day

A couple of years ago, on January 28th, 2004 to be exact, I was working another late night at the office when I got a visit from the General Manager of Microsoft.com. He was walking the halls desperately seeking someone to quickly develop a tool/utility to give to customers to help them determine if their…

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STUFF YOU CAN USE!! Finger Saving Good – No Touch Administration

Remote Desktop has changed the way we interact with our servers.  However if you have a farm of 50+ servers…heck even 10 servers, having to Remote into each server can not only be time consuming but cause your fingerprints to wear off.  Utilizing tools such as WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), For Loop and PSEXEC you…

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Scripting Patch Management of Enterprise Web Clusters on Microsoft.com

One of the most common questions I am asked when meeting with customers is, How does MSCOM patch their Enterprise Web servers? I will cover exactly what our approach is, and give you a little background into some of the challenges we are faced with when patching our production Web servers.  Also, I have included…

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MSCOM OPS March Debug Madness…1st Session Webcast Commands and Scripts

Microsoft.com Operations: Real World Debugging – Determining When You Have A Problem and Initial Debugging As promised here are the commands, scripts and the Console Debugger log file from Monday March 27th MSCOM Ops webcast   Here is the link available to download from the Microsoft Download Center. This download is a winzip file that…

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Top 10 Topics for MSCOM Ops…The TOOL MAN Cometh!! (Part 2)

More goodness from the MSCOM Ops tool belt…(with lots more to come!). My stars! We are just scratching the surface.   WCAT (Web Capacity Analysis Tool – Very useful web application stress tool for generating stress against a particular URL or a set of URLs. Can be combined with logparser output to simulate traffic against a…

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Microsoft.com Operations Scripts…Coming To TechNet Magazine

One of the first comments we received after we kicked off this blog was: What are the top 10 scripts we use What problems do they solve What technology did we use to create them Could we show you some examples. Wow…what a timely and great question, and what a great way for us to…

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