AskPFEPlat: New Slow-Boot-Slow-Logon Hotfix available for Windows 7/2008 R2

SBSL Hotfix Rollup Mark at AskPFEPlat announced the release of a new slow-boot-slow-login (SBSL) hotfix rollup particularly useful for corporate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers: Hey y’all, Mark here with some great news. A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2  hotfixes…


Why Windows Server 2012 Parity Storage Spaces Might Perform Slowly

  Summary: Gregg O’Brien, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, walks us through some lessons he learned when testing Storage Spaces, a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that’s meant to provide enterprise-level storage performance, flexibility, and scale. The moral of his story:  for heavy workloads requiring high speed, random I/O and the best…


Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica: How Troubleshoot Kerberos Error 0x8009030C 0x00002EFE

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica is a great new feature that replicates all changes on a virtual machine to a counterpart virtual machine hosted by a different server.  Basically, any server workload that’s virtualized in Hyper-V can be replicated, and it works with standalone servers, failover clusters, or a mixture of both.  As an added…


Keep your Failover Clustering deployment healthy!

Post contributed by Craig Forster, our Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Denmark. He shares his top tips to keep your clusters healthy – this is based the collective experience of our PFEs, so treat this as the ‘inside scoop’ During the transition from Windows Server 2003 to the newer versions, something new and revolutionary was…


Virtual Machine Network Monitoring the Easy Way, with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Gregg O’Brien is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, where French people are readily available. The Challenge: Capturing Traffic Across VMs There comes a point in the life of every server administrator where they must take a look at what is happening on the network. Complex multi-tiered systems and fancy network gear can often…


Why Use Windows Performance Analyzer Instead of xperfview?

He was a skeptic, but Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Jeff Stokes has determined that Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA), a component of the Windows Performance Toolkit (downloadable here), offers a level of depth and insight not currently available with the classic Visual Trace Analysis tool (xperfview.exe).   In Jeff’s own words:  “WPA is the frickin future,…


Best Practices for Patching Windows 2003/2008 Clusters

Written by Ryan Doon, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Lately there is a question that I always seem to receive and it always starts with “What is the Microsoft Best Practice when it comes to ___________”. That blank represents a wide range of questions that can be asked, but for today’s discussion it will be on…


Introducing Windows Server 2012 Free e-book available

I highly recommend giving this a read so you are ready for Windows Server 2012.  The dude had a hand in proofing the book and even has a sidebar on page 25 on performance monitoring.  Give it a read, rumor has it there may be some floating around…(read more)


RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a sort-of-gaming PC set up next to that,…


Windows Server 2003: Restore and Reanimation of Tombstoned Group Membership Links

Written by Liju Varghese, Premier Field Engineer. The Issue Performing an authoritative restore on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller of a group results in the reanimation of tombstoned group membership links. The Impact If an Organizational Unit containing Users and Groups was deleted, the authoritative restore of the OU will result in users being…