New WIndows Update Client Patch KB3050265 June 2015 Can save you from valuable memory issues on Client Computers & Servers

18 06 2015

This patch solves a very big issue where a scan for updates causes svchost.exe with wuauserv service take a lot of machine memory in the form of private working set,

Without this patch I observed on a windows 7 client the memory usage of svchost go from 250 (megs) to 1.3 (gigs) and when it’s done scanning the memory wasn’t freed in it’s entirety.

If you calculate the frequency of scans for updates and the amount of servers / workstation / VMs all together you will find that this patch can save a whole lot of precious resources.

Check it out here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3050265

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Quicky: Chrome Enterprise and Flash on XenApp 6.5

10 03 2015

I had to install NPAPI (flash plugin for Mozilla) and disable the built in PPAPI used in chrome via the chrome launch command line parameters in the published application configuration.

*also disabled GPU acceleration as we saw chrome crashes with it under XenApp 6.5 sessions.





Monitor-Backlog and take actions with custom conditions

3 04 2014

Hi Again,
I needed a quick way to place a folder where files from clients in my environment are being constantly sent and imported elsewhere under closer watch for backlogging and performance troubleshooting, the responsiveness of a business process was reliant on how fast the files from the clients gets processed,
I wanted the following abilities:
– it had to be temporary as I just wanted to get a rough idea on the times of day I get bottlenecks if any
– I didn’t want to interrupt / burden the server with too frequent queries
– I wanted to do something that I can use later / recycle in some form for other uses
– I had to get an idea visually of how bad things are meaning i needed couple of condition (severities)
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Check Services, Ping, Specific port for a group of servers, configurable by CSV, new version with menu

30 07 2013
Hi,
I updated the file and have added functionality:
– NEW: A menu pop and asks which farm to check (Sets of servers), automatically populates from farms in CSV, menu includes option to check all farms*, now it’s easier to keep one CSV file for all your farms / sets of servers.
*add a farm “All” and keep that line empty in csv.
– NEW: UNC check (with new CSV role “UNC”)
– NEW: DNS Check (very basic without overloading)
– NEW: Check services by name and IP
– NEW: The script has been made compatible to Powershell 2.0
– FIX: The script can be run from right click “run with powershell”




Check Services, Ping, Specific port for a group of servers, configurable by CSV and scalable and all with powershell

26 06 2013
Hi, there are some checks that are needed on a regular basis and doing them often requires me a tedious routine of remoting to each server just to view that a service is running, so I whipped up the following script to check the basic availability of a group of Servers, Where for each server the script can check services, telnet to specific ports and can be expanded to test additional items (by role for example),
I applied it to a XenApp environment and so I have the edgesight, Data Controllers, XML brokers, PVS provisioning servers, SQL, Web Interface, Appsense, NLB Virtual IPs etc., i didn’t need to test the actual XenApp worker servers, but i could just add lines to the CSV and have them tested.
And you could easily adjust it to a farm of web application servers just by editing the CSV file.
The script is configurable with a CSV file that holds parameters for the process.
Functions from: Jason Poyner
From his excellent script to check entire XenApp 6.5 architecture
http://techblog.deptive.co.nz/2012/05/xenapp-farm-health-report.html Read the rest of this entry »




Think a process is stuck? Think again

18 06 2010

Sometimes when we run an application and we ask it to do something nothing happens or changes on-screen,

How can we know if an application is actually doing something and that it isn’t plainly stuck or frozen?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had some sort of indicator as to the application’s activity?

Well, a good way I learned to view an application’s activity is using the windows built-in Task Manager,

To do that we will need to open the Task Manager, you can do that by right clicking on windows task bar and choosing “Task Manager”

Next, we go to “Processes” tab and click on “View” button at the top, we then choose “Select Columns…” we will be presented with a selection screen of various processes information available for us to view in the processes tab,

Check the “I/O Reads” and “I/O Writes” and click OK,

Now it’s possible to see if any In (that’s what the “I” stands for in I/O) or Out activity is going on and two new columns will be added and named respectively, the figures show us how many operations a specific process wrote or read and includes file (Hard Drive) and network (the internet or lan) operations.

That way we able to decide if a process might be doing anything before we end it,

To learn more about windows built-in Task Manager head over to Microsoft’s technet article:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938567.aspx

Goodbye for now, IT.Never.Ends…





Take Server 2008 R2 64bit on a Joyride on windows XP 32bit

9 11 2009

Hey Again,

After much wait (Tried using MSFT new download manager..) I finally obtained a Server 2008 R2 64bit image for evaluation from Microsoft Here

The evaluation as is the commercial product is in 64 bit only and there’s no 32bit version for Server 2008 R2,

Here’s the story of how i achieved it using my computer setup and VirtualBox Read the rest of this entry »