Steve Fenton


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Unable to rebuild performance counter setting from System Backup Store

I was attempting to rebuild performance counters on a Windows Server 2012 machine, using the following command in PowerShell (with elevated rights): lodctr /r But kept getting the error: Error: Unable to rebuild performance counter setting from system backup store, error code is 5PS The simple answer… running the same command in an elevated command […]

Set Log Parser Studio log paths

Log parser studio has a handy UI for adding log file paths, but if you have a shared hosting server with loads of IIS sites, each logging to a different directory – you’ll want to automate the list of log file paths. Go and find the file named “LPSFolders.tmp”, usually found in “C:\Users\USER-NAME\AppData\Roaming\ExLPT\Log Parser Studio\”. […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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. […]