How to enable to iSCSI ETW logging for Windows Server 2003 with initiator 2.08 and Windows Server 2008.

Event Tracing in MS iSCSI Drivers The following sections describe how to enable event tracing in MS iSCSI drivers. Event tracing can be very useful in diagnosing failures. Creating the trguid.ctl file required for tracing Before beginning tracing, you must first create a text file which contains the following information on the first line using…

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Updated OCUR tuner support after applying the Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista.

Many of the OEM’s are shipping the latest update to the Windows Vista called the Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista. This brings a host of updates and new features to Media Center PC’s. Windows Vista SP1 Media Center, supported two OCUR tuners out of the box for Home Premium and Ultimate. However, now with…

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The space bar is the new F8 when it comes to Vista and Server 2008 boot options.

In Windows Vista or Server 2008 you now have an alternative and more options than just pressing F8 while booting. Next time you restart your system, right after the BIOS POST screen and just before you see the Windows boot screen, try pressing the space bar. If you timed it right or hit the space…

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Preserving power configuration settings during SysPrep.

Manufacturers and system administrators might want to disable the automatic customization of power policy for mobile PCs if they are providing manufacturer-specific or corporation-specific updates to power policy. The Specialize configuration phase of Windows Setup typically occurs when the system is first started by the customer immediately before the out-of-box experience (OOBE). Therefore, any manufacturer-specific…

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Changing USB device behavior when resuming from S3/S4

Since Windows Vista was released, there have been a handful of fixes that have come out to address various USB bus and device issues.  In some cases, only one or two files were affected and updated.  In other cases, it involved updates to all of the core USB files.  Along the way, a change was…

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Troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks faster with UMDH and other debugging tools.

“You probably can’t avoid tech support problems entirely, but by using tools that Microsoft’s Global Escalation Services support team uses, you can obtain detailed Windows system and application information that can shorten a support call or even avoid it. In this first What Would Microsoft Support Do? column, Microsoft Escalation Engineer Michael Morales shows you…

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Enabling the IME during OOBE on Windows Vista.

If you’re setting up a system to run Chinese Vista with Office 2007 installed and you’re not able to get those Chinese characters to show during OOBE you should be able to follow the below steps to get this enabled: Please do the following: Machine with Vista SP1 + Office 2007 both in Chinese (CHP)….

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Announcement regarding changes to the Professional support level.

Microsoft Customer Service & Support (CSS) is changing its Professional support model to deliver deep technical expertise in the most effective and efficient manner possible. By the first quarter of 2009, Microsoft will expand its call-back model for all professional support incidents in the Americas. This model eliminates unproductive hold time for customers and better…

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Creating a GUI cheat sheet for commonly used WinDbg commands.

There is an undocumented feature in WinDbg that may be useful for remembering WinDbg commands and essentially building a personalized GUI cheat-sheet of commonly commands. The syntax is “.cmdtree c:\debuggers\cmdtree.txt” where cmdtree.txt is a text file describing all of the commands. This was picked up on several popular debugging blogs, such as:http://blogs.msdn.com/debuggingtoolbox/archive/2008/09/17/special-command-execute-commands-from-a-customized-user-interface-with-cmdtree.aspxhttp://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/jrobbins/archive/2008/09/17/windbg-cmdtree-file-that-eases-some-sos-pain.aspxhttp://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2008/09/18/making-it-easier-to-debug-net-dumps-in-windbg-using-cmdtree.aspx An example of this is provided…

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How to run an ETW trace through a reboot.

In Windows Vista and Server 2008, you can use the AutoLogger feature to trace a component during the boot process (or through a reboot) by adding a registry value as described in the following MSDN article and rebooting the system: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa363687(VS.85).aspx Pre-Vista (or in Vista / 2008 if you’re feeling retro), you can use the…

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