How to identify ConfigMgr collections that take long to refresh

I’ve put together the below PowerShell script this week to identify collections in ConfigMgr that require the longest time to refresh. If you ever experience a decrease in ConfigMgr collection update performance, you might want to run this script to find potential collections that have a long refresh duration.  

Thanks to Roger Zander and Claude Henchoz for the SQL query to find these collections.

Performing a Windows Performance Assessment with the Windows ADK

By now most of you have probably looked at the Windows 8 client or server preview build and unfortunately the most attention is given to the new Metro look, but hey there’s more than that coming, in fact there’s some awesome stuff coming I’d like you to know about. With Windows Vista and Windows 7 Microsoft also released the Windows Automated Installation Kit known as WAIK. For Windows 8 this is now being rebranded into Read More …

ToolTip: Xperf123 simplify Windows Performance Data Collection

Those of you who have been using the Windows Performance Analysis Toolkit know of the many command line options xperf provides. Xperf123 solves that challenge by providing an intuitive user interface to configure and start a trace. Xperf123 provides the following trace options: General Base Disk I/O High CPU Paged/Non Paged Pool Working Set Heap Leaks Virtual Allocations (Memory Leak) Wait Analysis Shutdown Reboot Startup Hibernation Note that the Xperf123 download package has the 64 Read More …

ToolTip: HDX Monitor for XenDesktop

If you experience poor performance using a XenDesktop session, video and audio is not playing nicely, the Windows Event log is showing messages as shown below, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on. Network latency is above the level supported by HDX MediaStream for Flash.  Server-side Flash rendering will be used if available. Measured latency (milliseconds): 86 Citrix has a FREE tool available to validate the operation of HDX. The Tool Read More …

Retrieve Windows Boot Time Script

Here’s a small batch script to get the Windows 7 Boot time shown in milliseconds. @echo off FOR /F "Tokens=4" %%a IN (‘%windir%\system32\wevtutil.exe qe Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational /rd:true /f:Text /c:1 /q:"*[System[(EventID = 100)]]"  /e:Events ^| FIND "Duration"’) DO SET BTIME=%%a ECHO Boot Time is : %BTIME% Inspiration for this script came from the article Monitor System Startup Performance in Windows 7 written by Sean Wheeler for WindowsITPro.

Windows 7–Windows System Assessment Tests (WinSAT)

Hey there, today I am going to share some information I have gathered about the Windows System Assessment Tests aka as WinSAT. When WinSAT runs, various performance tests are executed for the following system components: CPU Memory Graphics Disk Upon completion of the assessment tests, each component is given a score that is based on the Windows Experience Index. The overall score called “Base Score” is based on the lowest subscore of an individual hardware Read More …

ToolTip: Soluto–Improve your Windows Boot Performance

Hey here’s another cool application that can help improving Windows startup boot times. The Application is called Soluto and can be downloaded from here. Using Soluto is a no-brainer, just install it, and reboot. Soluto will show you the applications that are executed during the Windows Boot process and then allows you to either pause or delay the application during future boots.

ReadTip: Microsoft Office 2010 – Under the Hood Investments for Hardware and Performance

This whitepaper highlights the broad range of hardware supported by Microsoft® Office 2010 and describes the significant improvements in performance available in Office 2010. Results from internal testing by Microsoft are included to demonstrate the measurable performance gains users can experience when performing common tasks using different Office 2010 applications. These results indicate that in some cases uses can expect performance gains of 90% or higher compared with using corresponding Office 2007 applications. I just Read More …

ToolTip: BootRacer

When Microsoft developed Windows 7 a dedicated team was assigned to focus on startup performance. For details, read the Engineering Windows 7 – Boot Performance blog post. So what about your startup performance? . My colleague Rudi vanden Dries has been using a utility called BootRacer since a few months which provides a simple way of measuring system startup performance. Documentation, Download details and a short demonstration video can be found here