Windows Performance Jump Start

Do you want to improve performance for computers that are starting slowly? Do you need to diagnose and fix problems caused by resource-hogging apps? Would you like to learn about the tools used by Microsoft Global Business Support Premier Field Engineers when they need to make a CEO's computer run faster? Join us for a…


Sleepy Network Cards? In a server!? Yawn!

Mike O’Neill covers a common odd-outage-related scenario over at the Exchange Team blog -  a case of narcoleptic NICs: In a Database Availability Group (DAG), if your databases are randomly mounting or flipping from one server to another, for no apparent reason (including across datacenters) you may be suffering from your network interface card (NIC)…


Windows Server 2003 Rapidly Approaches End-Of-Life, Watch Out For Performance Bottlenecks

Summary:  Still running Windows Server 2003? Besides making the well-advised recommendation of moving to Windows Server 2012, Frank Plawetzki, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, runs us through how to monitor servers remotely on a large scale, what to look for from a performance standpoint, and digs into some details on how…


How To Equip Your Windows Server Environment With A Blackbox Flight Recorder

Summary:  Holger Hatzfeld, a Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer, provides us with a PowerShell script that deploys customizable performance logs to any or all of you domain-connected servers, effectively mimicking flight recorders for server performance capture. Powerful stuff. Hello, my name is Holger Hatzfeld and I am a Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer (SEE) in…


Xperf Xpertise vs WDIServiceHost

Mark at AskPFEPlat digs into an Xperf startup trace and talks through identification of normal vs abnormal: In the past, I briefly talked about using the XPERF Services pane and on which to focus, but my guidance lacked clear and concise direction. So let me take another swing at this. First, install XPERF and pull…


Groom your SQL Server for its ongoing health

Pedro Azevedo Lopes shares his prescription for a better-looking SQL Server in his post About Maintenance Plans – grooming SQL Server: I admit I’m not a big fan of Maintenance Plans (the feature that goes by that name) mainly because of its “do or die” approach. So, it was not by chance that I wrote…


Boot Tracing for Windows XP (or: why’s it taking so long?)

Get the impression that PFE work with performance a lot? Well, we do. We try to ensure that whatever we’re thrown at is as optimized as it can be in the time available to us. Not content to talk about current versions of Windows, Jeff takes a dive down memory lane to cover XP startup…


Howto: Boot tracing for Windows 7 (so it’s right the first time)

Perf PFE Jeff Stokes provides some simple steps that should produce a good boot trace for a Windows 7 machine. You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from.  A good trace.  One that you know other people will be able to decipher as well as yourself.  Maybe I’ve asked…


Measure Boot Performance with the Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit

Article written by Bhumit Shah, Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft India, who specializes in tuning Windows Server performance. Common questions I hear from my customers are: “My desktops and laptops are taking long time to boot, can we find out why?” and “What can I do to increase my boot performance and how do I…