Reading: The modern Pagefile sizing on 64-bit Windows, and no it’s not 1.5X the amount of RAM.

Applies to: 64-bit Windows Server 2012 R2. 64-bit Windows 8.1. 64-bit Windows Server 2012. 64-bit Windows 8. 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2. 64-bit Windows 7. 64-bit Windows Server 2008. 64-bit Windows Vista. My colleagues Clint Huffman, Holger Hatzfeld, and Herbert Mauerer updated the pagefile sizing recommendations.  Anyone that architects or manages a 64-bit Windows O.S.,…


Reading: Windows Server application compatibility cookbook.

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8.0   Audience: IT Pro’s Developers   For those that are planning or migrating from Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you want to check the whitepaper on application compatibility, learn the…


Windows 8.1 Product Guide

Download Windows 8.1 Product Guide   Moving from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 at Microsoft


How to: Debug critical section issues using AppVerifier

From time to time, when troubleshooting an application hang, using the Windows Debugger (WinDbg), you will run into orphaned critical sections. In order to proceed with finding out which thread is abandoning the critical section in this process, we will need to use a tool called Application Verifier.   To troubleshoot follow the steps below…


Tool: MPSreports replacement as of Oct. 8th, 2013

Hello fellow Microsoft IT administrators, For those searching for the Microsoft Product Support Report (MPSReport) you may notice that the links to the tools are no longer working. 818742 Overview of the Microsoft Configuration Capture Utility (MPS_REPORTS) 823393 Microsoft Product Support Reporting Tool – PFE edition Two Minute Drill: The New MPS Reports   What’s…


Tool: Windows Performance Toolkit (Xperf, WPRUI and WPR) updated version as of Aug. 2013

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7   Does not work with: Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista Windows Server 2003 Windows XP Updated May 2014. I’m happy to announce that our Program Managers, Developers (SDE’s) and Testers (SDET’s) released a new version of…


Tool: DebugDiag v2.0 now released to web (RTW)

Hi all, Here is another tool for your tool-belt and arsenal to fight problems with applications and services. It’s available for download at: Debug Diagnostic Tool v2.0 Q:  How is this different than Sysinternals ProcDump or Adplus (adplus.exe or adplus.vbs)? A:  I personally like it because you can run as a service. So no…