The case of “Above normal” priority

Good morning AskPerf!  If you’ve used Task Manager, you may have noticed that it allows setting an “instance-based priority”.  This is an option where you can choose to boost or reduce the priority of any process, whereby adjusting the amount of CPU attention the process receives.  But honestly, how many times have you used this…


RDP to Azure VM fails with "No Remote Desktop License Servers available"

You can use mstsc /admin to work around the following licensing error when attempting to connect with RDP to an Azure VM: The remote session was disconnected because there are no Remote Desktop License Servers available to provide a license. Please contact the server administrator.  Using mstsc /admin disables licensing for that connection only, so…


SQL Server Configuration Manager error "Invalid class [0x80041010]" on Visual Studio gallery image VM

If you are using the Visual Studio 2013 Gallery image for MSDN subscribers to create an Azure VM and try running SQL Server Configuration Manager without taking additional configuration steps first, you may see the following error message: Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission or the server is unreachable. Note that…


Windows 8.1 preview build reboots every 2 hours

Today’s blog is regarding the expiration of the Windows 8.1 preview build which occurred yesterday January 15th, 2014.  If you installed the Windows 8.1 preview build and have not upgraded to 8.1 RTM you may notice that your machine is rebooting itself every 2 hours and you should also be getting the following notification when…


Popular new features in Windows 8.1

We are very excited, as are many of you, about our latest OS. Windows 8.1 is readily available across the globe. We thought of listing some of the top/new features it brings to the table. Here is a small list of some of the more popular new features: Your favorite Start button on taskbar We…


Unable to create Storage Pool in Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure VM

UPDATE Mar. 10: This issue is now resolved. The fix has been fully deployed to all Windows Azure hosts. There is no action needed within the VM itself, as the fix was on the Windows Azure hosts. We recently determined the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 is not compatible with the virtual hard drives…


Debugging a Windows 8.1 Store App Crash Dump

Quality reports on the App Summary page Microsoft provides triage dumps of your Windows Store application’s crashes and hangs through the Quality section of the App Summary page on the Dev Center – Windows Store apps portal.   Back in June 2012, the Windows Store team posted an article on this feature and the basics…