Published on 02 Nov 2009
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.
Published on 02 Nov 2009
My colleague Nicki Wruck (@CommunityGuide) has started a huge series of short videos about the features in Windows Server 2008 R2 - in German.
Published on 29 Oct 2009
I held a talk about VDI at the IT-Administrator Workshop in Böblingen. Please download the slide deck here.
Published on 28 Oct 2009
Watch me explain “Netzwerklastenausgleich” in Video #26.
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Published on 21 Oct 2009
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.
Published on 09 Oct 2009
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.
Published on 08 Oct 2009
In the last two articles of this series about performance monitoring, I have introduced how to monitor the characteristics of the memory subsystem and the processor subsystem. Now, I’d like to explain why the physical disk is of importance to performance monitoring and how it relates to the memory subsystem.
Published on 18 Sep 2009
The famous German IT magazine c’t has recently published an article about creating your own and modifying existing ribbons in Office 2007. Not again, you may be thinking. But the article shows how a simple DLL helps without any knowledge of programming.
Published on 15 Sep 2009
In the last posts of this series I gave an overview why performance monitoring is important and that it is not a trivial subject, that terminal servers are an entirely different matter and they require special attention and, in the last post, how to monitor the processor and related corners of the operating system. Continuing my way through the operating system, I’d like to take an extensive look at the memory subsystem in this post.
Published on 26 Aug 2009
As Windows Server 2008 R2 is now RTM and is only available as x64 edition, you need to ask yourself how Windows x64 effects application delivery because sooner or later you will succumb. Although a general adoption of x64 is still a long way gone, many companies are beginning to actively pursue evaluating Windows x64 and testing applications on it. But considering Windows Server 2008 x64 on a very high level, there are pitfalls you need to be aware of.