Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to disable ZPODD in Windows 8

If there are no media present in the optical disk drive e.g. ODD, the OS turns off the power to the optical drive. This is called ZPODD.
To revert to always-on status, turn off this functionality in the Registry:
If it's type is DWORD (32 bit), and value is 0, ZPODD is disabled; if it’s any other value, ZPODD is enabled.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The End is Nigh (for FRS)

We have finally reached the phase where continuing to “support” FRS is impossible; it’s a bit of a stretch to even say we’re supporting it now, as you cannot get bug fixes for it.
DFSR is vastly more capable, reliable, and scalable. Most importantly, there is only one OS that requires FRS - and that OS is going away in 2015: Windows Server 2003. Read more on Ned Pyles Blog.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Process Monitor Circular Logging

You can download the .cmd file here. As always, no guarantees.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE

Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE enables you to search for over 9000 script samples in the TechNet Script Center from within the scripting environment. Download is here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Console.WriteLine("Press any key to crash this application") ;)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Xperf aka WPA Boot Tracing

Basic Trace:
xbootmgr.exe -trace boot -traceflags base+cswitch+compact_cswitch+file_io+file_io_init -postbootdelay 90 -notraceflagsinfilename -resultpath <path>

Detailed Trace:
xbootmgr -trace boot -traceflags latency+dispatcher+priority+perf_counter+disk_io_init+registry+networktrace+meminfo+file_io+file_io_init -postbootdelay 180 -stackwalk profile+processcreate+cswitch+readythread+syscallenter+threadcreate -notraceflagsinfilename -resultpath <path>

Tuesday, March 25, 2014