Why Office 2010 Ribbon Customization Does Not Cut It

In a recent article, I have introduced an extension for Microsoft Office called InstantRibbonChanger. Through a configuration file, this extension is able to modify existing ribbons or add new ribbons to all applications in the suite.

With the dawn of Office 2010, one feature caught my attention: the new version of Microsoft Office (now in beta and available here) is announced to allow for ribbons customization through the user interface.

Let’s have a closer look at this feature and how it compares to the InstantRibbonChanger.

Performance Monitoring Part 9 - EdgeSight vs. Resource Manager for XenApp

After several articles in this series have covered Windows server in general, I’d like to return to the topic of Windows-based terminal servers. But instead of talking about the concepts, the theory and technology of performance monitoring, this article compares two competing tools for monitoring terminal server environments: Citrix Presentation Server Resource Manager and Citrix EdgeSight.

R2FeatureTalk (German): Einfache TCP/IP-Dienste (#10)

Watch me explain “Einfache TCP/IP-Dienste” in Video #10.

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Performance Monitoring Part 8 - Analyzing a Performance Monitor Database using Excel

In the last post of this series about performance monitoring, I have described how to use Windows Performance Monitor to log counter values into a SQL database. Now I’ll show you that Excel is a tremendous tool to quickly analyze the collected data.

Performance Monitoring Part 7 - Using Performance Monitor with a Database

After a lot of theory about performance monitoring, this article demonstrates how the Windows Performance Monitor can be used to log to a database - even from multiple machines.

Most of you have probably used Performance Monitor before. It allows you to monitor performance metrics (local and remote) in real-time and to log performance data from multiple machines for later analysis. In this article, I will focus on the latter because collecting and analysing performance data from multiple machines is a time consuming task.

Webcast Series about Installable Feature in Windows Server 2008 R2

My colleague Nicki Wruck (@CommunityGuide) has started a huge series of short videos about the features in Windows Server 2008 R2 - in German.

Slide Deck (German): ITA-Workshop in Böblingen

I held a talk about VDI at the IT-Administrator Workshop in Böblingen. Please download the slide deck here.

R2FeatureTalk (German): Netzwerklastenausgleich (#26)

Watch me explain “Netzwerklastenausgleich” in Video #26.

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Beware of Hosting Web Interface on XenApp Servers

Do you host your Web Interface on one or more XenApp servers? Then I recommend you heed this article before changing your setup. You may well loose your XML service when migrating the Web Interface to another server. And loosing your XML service may result in an outage of your application delivery infrastructure! When XenApp is installed on a server running the Internet Information Services (IIS), the installer offers to activate port sharing between the XML service and IIS. What this actually means is that the XML service is not setup as a system service but as a DLL inside IIS.

Performance Monitoring Part 6 - The Link Between Disk Activity and Swapping

While writing the previous article about monitoring the performance of the physical disk, I realized that I should also explain why memory management and disk activity are closely connected. As this section started to get rather lengthy, I decided to publish the topic in a separate article.