Field Notes: The case of Active Directory Diagnostics – Data Collector Set Fails to Start

Performance Monitor is a great tool for collecting and analyzing performance data in Windows and Windows Server.  There are many counters available that one can look at to help understand how the system is performing.  Unfortunately analysis of performance data may not always be straightforward for some system administrators.  Luckily, there is the built-in Data … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of Active Directory Diagnostics – Data Collector Set Fails to Start

Field Notes: The case of a crashing Hyper-V VM – Integration Services Out of Date

Background I recently had an opportunity to offer assistance on a case relating to stop errors (blues screens) experienced in a Virtual Machine (VM) running on a Hyper-V Failover Cluster.  I was advised that two attempts to increase memory on the VM did not provide positive results (I’ll explain later on why the amount of … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of a crashing Hyper-V VM – Integration Services Out of Date

Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Step by Step: Safely disabling SMB v1 from your production environment.

Introduction: In this blog I will not cover why we have to remove SMB v1 from production network, this have been already covered, probably one of the best articles covering this is https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/ I will cover how you can audit the usage of SMB v1 in your network, so you can disable it safely without … Continue reading Step by Step: Safely disabling SMB v1 from your production environment.