Free Event: Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Windows Performance Troubleshooting and Analysis

The [WSUG] Windows Server User Group that I run with Mark Wilson has the pleasure of hosting Dan Pearson, from David Solomon's Expert Seminars, http://www.solsem.com/  Dan is in London teaching the week of TechDays UK and has kindly agreed to present on the evening of  Tuesday 13th April (18:30-21:00 at Microsoft, Cardinal Place, London) to the community. Registration: … Continue reading Free Event: Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Windows Performance Troubleshooting and Analysis

Reduce the load on a Windows Domain Controller.

If you have a domain controller that you wish to reduce the number of client authentication requests that are processed then by adjusting the the servers weight or priority you can either: Reduce the number of client authentication requests received by adjusting the domain controller's DNS weight record  or to ensure that the domain controller does not … Continue reading Reduce the load on a Windows Domain Controller.

Interesting KB Articles: Unexpectedly slow startup in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Scenario: You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This computer is connected to a high resolution monitor. On this computer, the default dots per inch (DPI) display setting is set to a value other than 96 DPI. In this scenario, the computer has an unexpectedly slow startup time … Continue reading Interesting KB Articles: Unexpectedly slow startup in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows antivirus exclusions

All Windows Operating systems in my opinion should run antivirus and malware software, which should be regularly updated to counteract the threat that malicious code can pose.  Many corporations in my experience simple install the anti-virus application; then configure the virus signature updates and believe that that they are done - but there is a small oversight - certain … Continue reading Windows antivirus exclusions

Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

Microsoft have two excellent but slightly hidden documents on performance tuning for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. These documents collate information on the major components of Windows Server that can impact performance. They are well worth a read - even if it's just to refresh your mind on what RAID 6 is or how big your … Continue reading Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Incremental Backups not working as expected?

Whilst reading the Microsoft document Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 I read with interest this paragraph. NTFS File System Setting HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\isNtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate\ (REG_DWORD) 1 . This system-global switch reduces disk I/O load and latencies by disabling the updating of the date and time stamp for the last file or directory access. This key is … Continue reading Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Incremental Backups not working as expected?