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Windows

Performance Data for this Service will not be Available

Here is a pretty common piece of static interference you may find in your event log. It is commonly reported against the background intelligent transfer service: Application/Microsoft-Windows-Perflib The Open Procedure for service “BITS” in DLL “C:\Windows\System32\bitsperf.dll” failed. Performance data for this service will not be available. The first four bytes (DWORD) of the Data section […]

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Windows

Live Server CPU Spikes

We are monitoring a number of live servers, which we have grouped by role. This let’s use spot outlying servers pretty easily. The below graph shows the free CPU on one group of servers, with one obvious outlier. In our case, a quick glance at the box told us this wasn’t anything particularly suspicious – […]

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Windows

Bouncy Monitoring

Bouncy monitoring can sometimes be down to real events occurring in your system, but when it looks as regular as the image below – it probably isn’t! The yellow line in that image is suggesting that the free memory on a machine is chugging along like an alarmed rabbit’s heartbeat. What this actually means is […]

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Windows

Special Searches in Microsoft Word

When converting a wonderful print-layout book to an ebook format in Word, you need to ditch a lot of stuff that isn’t needed for ebooks. Page breaks, section breaks, and index entries all need to go. There are usually so many adjustments to make, it isn’t much fun to do by hand. This is where […]

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Windows

Mock Up Tools Are Constraining

There are lots of great mock up tools out there. Many have hand-drawn components ready for you to drag onto a wobbly scribbled-screen. In about 30 seconds you can mock up a screen with all of the usual controls that you would expect to find; check-boxes, inputs, buttons, drop-downs, links… and herein lies the problem. […]

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Programming Windows

Find Out What is Running on a Particular Port

Ever wondered what is tying up one of your ports when you try to spin something up and get the “already a process listening on port 182” error message? Well enter netstat, which is handy utility for finding out what ports are taken. The basic command is: netstat This will crawl your ports and give […]

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Windows

Search Titles Only with Windows Search

Revised, July 2014. Just a note to say this still works on later versions of windows, so although this article talks about the old Windows Search – give these tricks a go! If you’ve got your hands on Windows Search (formally known as “Windows Desktop Search”), you’ll probably agree that it is much better and […]

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Windows

Find Out Who is Logged In to a Server and Kick Them Off

If you remote onto a Windows server with any kind of regularity, you will probably have come across a scenario where the number of concurrent connections has reached the limit. This is often followed by shouting across the office or sending an email asking people if they are connected and whether they can log off […]