PVS write cache filling up? handy filter in Procmon to give a clue as to what’s causing it

So of course with write cache filling up issues no simple way to tell what’s going on. Needless to say like most quirks that happen in Windows the sysinternals tools can come to you rescue. Recently started work on a windows 10 PVS image and after about 10 minutes the write cache would fill up. […]

W2k16 clustering – transient failure monitoring improvements

Recently came across a good MS blog article that covers some of the improvements made in VM monitoring at a cluster level in Windows Server 2016: Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016 Good to see MS taking note of these “softer” type failure scenarios that occur more often in the VM space.  

Nifty new MS cluster feature (2016 Server tech) – configure your own witness in the cloud

An interesting feature within W2k16 within the clustering framework is the cloud witness. Quorum maintenance being one of the most important parts of any cluster design. With DR can be a design challenge as MS recommend that the quorum is located in a 3rd data center. As a lot of companies operate using 2 data […]

IE11 issue: cannot type in any dialog boxes eg google,yahoo etc?

Had this one recently and was driving me crazy. Basically was looking to optimize logon performance in our xenapp environment and as part of it was slicing and dicing our existing v.large GPO into smaller more logical components. As a result of the slicing and dicing all looked good apart from this strange issue with […]

Getting hangs/slow performance on your window server? try DebugDiag

Have used this handy tool in the past to help some of the above scenario’s. A little lesser known than some of its counterparts (windbg etc) but still very useful Download link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26798  

Ever used WS2012 r2 feature Work folders? here’s how to setup in 2 easy steps

Work folders is a feature new to windows server variants 2012 r2 or later. Allows users to have their work data synchronized across all of their machines whether its tablets,laptops,desktops etc. Very much akin to Skydrive Pro but what is useful about work folders is that it can help integrate your existing file servers into […]

Quick windows 2008 r2 tip: how to enable multiple monitors in 3 ways

Quite simple this one – thought picture would say a 1000 words and all that. On the left hand side is the configuration from within the MSTSC GUI, the middle is obviously command-line and on the right is if you need to configure within an .RDP file

WinSrvr 2012 r2 tip: getting “Task Scheduler “A task or folder with this name already exists” ?

Have seen this pesky one in the past with 2008 r2 as well. Can get this sometimes when you try and create a new Scheduled Task via the command line (schtasks.exe), the following error appears: “WARNING: The task name “<>” already exists. Do you want to replace it (Y/N>?” followed by when you hit Y, then […]

Ever need to convert your VMware snapshots to memory dumps? here’s how

As most VMware admins should probably know vmware snapshot or suspend states files are a copy of the Physical memory and are convertible into a Full Memory dump which of course is the bedrock of finding out root causes for issues like hangs/BSOD’s etc Below is a cool VMware fling called vmss2core that converts your .vmsn/.vmss […]

Try this ‘ping’ replacement before?

One really cool and definitely useful cmdlet available in Windows Server 2012 R2 is Test-NetConnection.  If you run Test-NetConnection without any additional parameters, it will look to resolve to an external Microsoft address (internetbeacon.msedge.net) and will return information such as the IP, Internet alias, and RTT in milliseconds. This can save time when you need to check if a […]