An easy way to measure computer reboot and logon times

Hello It Professionals.  Robert M. Smith here with some information on measuring reboot and logon times using a Sysinternals’ tool; Process Monitor.  Process Monitor has evolved over the years from several different tools, into a single, “must have” tool for a wide variety of troubleshooting scenarios.  One of the great capabilities of Process Monitor is…


Windows 10, 1607, VDI Performance Tuning Guide available

Hello IT Community.  Robert M. Smith, Sr. PFE with Microsoft Premier Services here.  I would like to call out a guide I created and helped get published, on Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  This guide is for Windows 10, build 1607.  This guide goes through built-in apps, scheduled tasks, settings, and other optimizations available…


Updated Windows Updating/Servicing Guidance (from Ignite 2015)

Windows servicing; the process of managing updates to Windows, has finally been documented, per the following presentation from Ignite 2015: Getting Ready for Windows 10: Servicing Windows Client and Server in a Managed Environment Today If you care about the topic of Windows updating/servicing, this is the presentation for you.  This presentation is all about current…


Debugging with symbols: A field perspective

Published: December 3, 2014 Updated: December 3, 2014 Part 1: Getting Started with Debugging Symbols Hey Folks.  Platform PFEs Robert Smith and Dan Cuomo here to give you an overview on debugging with “symbols.”  Now if you’re thinking to yourself, “I have no use for an ancient Egyptian writing form” or even “I’m pretty sure…


OS Patching Guidance for Windows 8.x and Windows Server 2012 R.x

The Windows 8x/Server 2012x OS family has a different patching method than previous versions of Windows.  There are basically three forms of updates for Windows 8x/2012x: Monthly rollup Globally released update Limited released update Monthly Rollup Windows 8x and Windows Server 2012x were being serviced mainly through monthly rollups, which usually correspond to the time when security updates…


Windows 2008 R2 Performance and Hotfix Recommendations

Windows 2008 R2 Performance and Hotfix Recommendations  Hello from the field.  It's been a little since my last post.  I spend quite a bit of time analyzing performance on Windows Server.  I have recently put together a list of fixes and settings that I recommend to any person running Windows Server 2008 R2.  These fixes…


Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT)

Introduction Performance problems, especially as they may relate to the storage subsystem, can be quite difficult to troubleshoot.  Enterprise storage technology has come a long way since the SCSI controller with an array of disks.  Fortunately, there are some great tools available to help narrow down where to look more closely for storage performance problems. …