Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012

This guide follows on from the excellent Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Performance Tuning Guidelines and describes important tuning parameters and settings that you can adjust to improve the performance and energy efficiency of the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed … Continue reading Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012

Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 – Updated

I have previously written about this, but feel it's worthy of another mention.  Microsoft have hidden away on their WHDC (Windows Hardware Developer Central) website, an excellent document on Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2.  It is worthy of a read as it details lots of changes in functionality that can affect performance.The … Continue reading Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 – Updated

Sound stopped working on laptop and the error message ” No audio output device is installed”.

Today I was presented with a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, that until a couple of days ago had sound and LAN connectivity. The sound worked when diagnostics were run, but would not run when Windows 7 was loaded. So I knew it was not defective hardware. The solution which was relatively easy to implement … Continue reading Sound stopped working on laptop and the error message ” No audio output device is installed”.

Best of Microsoft Management Summit (UK) 2012

  Just picked up on this from Microsoft, The Best of MMS 2012 in the UK, looks interesting. Learn about 2012's exciting wave of Microsoft Private Cloud product launches and announcements – starting with the release of System Center 2012. Get the latest insights into the Microsoft Private Cloud and learn what's new in System … Continue reading Best of Microsoft Management Summit (UK) 2012

Display Operating System and Service Pack information in Active Directory Users and Computers.

I recently found a need to have Operating System and Service Pack information displayed dynamically in Active Directory Users and Computers rather than have it hardcoded into the Description attribute of the computer object. I remembered that many moons ago, I had seen Dean Wells demonstrate this ability, so I dug out my notes and … Continue reading Display Operating System and Service Pack information in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

When troubleshooting Active Directory the first place that most people look is the Windows Server event logs, the event logs can provide a wealth of information about the state of an Active Directory, but by default the recorded information is limited to the logging of critical and error events. To enable detailed diagnostic logging there … Continue reading Active Directory: Diagnostic Logging

Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) – Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence

  Microsoft have published an excellent document on Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) - Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence. It is well worth a read, even if you are not impacted by this issue. Management Summary An Active Directory domain name that contains one or more labels separated by a dot is referred … Continue reading Single-Label-Domains in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) – Considerations, Migration, and Co-existence