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  • Blog Post: How to ensure reliable performance data from VM's when using multiple virtual CPU's.

    If you're running Windows Server 2003 in a Hyper-V VM and have the VM configured to use multiple virtual CPU's you may have noticed that performance counters seem to be reporting odd results. To work around this you may need to run bootcfg and set the /usepmtimer switch. More information on this and...
  • Blog Post: How to enable to iSCSI ETW logging for Windows Server 2003 with initiator 2.08 and Windows Server 2008.

    Event Tracing in MS iSCSI Drivers The following sections describe how to enable event tracing in MS iSCSI drivers. Event tracing can be very useful in diagnosing failures. Creating the trguid.ctl file required for tracing Before beginning tracing, you must first create a text file which contains...
  • Blog Post: Resources to help get you started with Hyper-V RTM on Server 2008.

    As you're probably already aware, Hyper-V was released not too long ago. There are a number of resources available to help you with your adoption and support of these new virtualization features in Windows Server 2008. One piece of advice, when doing a clean install of Server 2008 we'd highly recommend...
  • Blog Post: BreakOnSysRq applies to USB (kbdhid) keyboards as well...

    If you happen to be debugging and hit the PrtScn / SysRq key on the debugee you may have noticed that this caused the debugger to break in. In certain situations this may not be the desired, thankfully it can be changed. This behavior and the modification is described in the following MSDN article, http...
  • Blog Post: Vista tips and tricks... changing boot options on the fly.

    There are a number of boot options that can be used in Vista and Windows Server 2008 that can be a pain to modify (or not possible if you are in a bugcheck loop), that can be done on the fly at boot time. These options are invaluable for diagnosing some problems you may experience on the system, and...
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