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,…

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Important Kerberos-related hotfix for IIS 7.5

Users cannot access an IIS-hosted website after the computer password for the server is changed in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2545850 Essentially, if the computer acount password changes, AppPoolIdentities might be unable to perform Kerberos authentication thereafter (if IIS is restarted as well).  

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IUSR vs Application Pool Identity – Why use either?

(pasted from my email clippings. I’m on holiday right now, catching up on paperwork!) The TLDR version is: using AppPoolIdentity as both the App Pool Account and Anonymous user account lets you have multiple isolated anonymous websites on one box. IIS 7.x and upwards (as of Win2008 R2 and Windows 2008 SP2, also in IIS 8.x in Windows Server…

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Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint farms - a generic gotchas list

Recently, I worked on a Kerberos configuration issue with a customer; these are my notes from the visit. You’ll see some common themes with Kerbie Goes Bananas, and it puts much of that into practice. Speaking of, I must redo Kerbie with SetSPN -S  (shameface)   1. DNS should use an A record to refer…

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PSA: You really need to update your Kerberos setup documentation with SetSPN -S!

Hi! You might remember me from such posts as Kerbie Goes Bananas, and SetSPN improvements for Windows 2008. Or something. I’m here with a public service announcement! Excitement! It’s been long enough since Windows 2008 (and the downlevel release of SetSPN) that I feel comfortable respectfully asking you to please: Search and Replace SetSPN -A…

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DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y – no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center. Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: · .Net 2.0 and higher analysis…

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Ooh! The Web Farm Framework for IIS 7.x!

ScottGu has the detail of (and a walkthrough for) the Web Farm Framework, which looks to make high-uptime application publishing, deployment and maintentance a snap. Last month we released a beta of the Microsoft Web Farm Framework. The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product we are shipping that enables you to easily provision and…

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Slow IO?

(aka IOlwayscallsmethat. OK, horrendous joke based on a bad Dad Joke. Geneva has been notified.) Exciting news over at the NTDebugging blog – a new Storport.sys update that enables ETW tracing of slow IO, for Windows 2008 and up. It’s more involved than a registry-key-and-go, but if you’re facing what could be external delays on…

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PL15W2SP.DLL vs Firewall Client

As I possibly misspelled or misremembered it, the PL15ws2p.dll (possible sic) file was installed as a Winsock Layered Service Provider on a couple of boxes at a customer site. Coincidentally, these machines were Windows Server 2008 machines where we couldn’t get the Firewall Client to work properly. We found that there was a third party…

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Improve Hyper-V Performance With Standard VGA!

Yes, kids, if you’re finding that the Hyper-V performance ain’t what it used to be since installing that whizbang graphics card driver on your shiny new seven core hyperthread-and-a-halved megaturboserver thing, you might be suffering from flushes. Read all about it here: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008-based computer has the Hyper-V…

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