Jan 152012
 

PAL version 2.1 was released on November 8, 2011.  I just wanted to take a few minutes to create another post so hopefully more people will hear about this great tool.  PAL stands for Performance Analysis Of Logs and is hosted on SourceForge.  Clint Huffman who is a premier field engineer (PFE) for Microsoft is the main contributor to the project.

PAL is used to read performance logs from Windows and analyze them based on thresholds that are set.   From the SourceForge website here are some of the features.

  • Thresholds files for most of the major Microsoft products such as IIS, MOSS, SQL Server, BizTalk, Exchange, and Active Directory.
  • An easy to use GUI interface which makes creating batch files for the PAL.ps1 script.
  • A GUI editor for creating or editing your own threshold files.
  • Creates an HTML based report for ease of copy/pasting into other applications.
  • Analyzes performance counter logs for thresholds using thresholds that change their criteria based on the computer’s role or hardware specs.
In the future plan on looking for some tutorials on how to use PAL.  In the meantime please check out the links below.  If you have used to tool please leave me a comment on how you liked it.
PAL 2.1 By Cling Huffman

PAL 2.1 By Clint Huffman

 

PAL SourceForge Site
http://pal.codeplex.com/

PAL v2.0’s New Counter Generation Feature is Powerful
http://blogs.technet.com/b/clinth/archive/2010/03/02/pal-v2-0-s-new-counter-generation-feature-is-powerful.aspx

 The PAL Tool on Memory Leaks
http://blogs.technet.com/b/clinth/archive/2011/03/28/the-pal-tool-on-memory-leaks.aspx

 

Jan 152012
 

System administrators sometimes need to be able to produce a list of drivers that are installed on their system.  Driveryquery.exe is an excellent command line tool from Microsoft to accomplish this.  This tool will give you a report on all of the current device drivers that are loaded on your system.  The command line tool also gives you several options on the information that it will display.  Below is a screenshot that shows all of the options available for running Driverquery.exe.

Driverquery.exe From Microsoft

Driverquery.exe From Microsoft

 

Examples Of Driverquery.exe

This example will pipe the information from driverquery.exe to a txt file on the drive.
C:\driverquery.exe > C:\driverqueyr.txt

This example will format the output into a list view.
C:\driverquery.exe /fo list

This example will turn on verbose output for more information.
C:\driverquery.exe /V

This example will show drivers that are currently running.
C:\driverquery.exe /v | findstr Running

 

Apr 212010
 

Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2008 R2 was released to manufacturing today.  This release of SQL server concentrated on stability and performance along with some other key features.  This version of SQL can now scale up to 256 logical processors  and has shown impressive results on benchmark tests.  The new version will also have self service Business Intelligence that will allow users to create their own queries using PowerPivot.  Another great feature is the ability to centrally manage instances through PowerShell.  I am excited to see what can be done with the integration of Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, and SharePoint 2010.  There will be allot to learn but businesses should see productivity increase when you put all of these new products together.

Other SQL 2008 R2 Articles
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=72914&page=1

http://www.winsupersite.com/server/sql2008r2.asp

http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/04/21/sql-server-2008-r2-hits-rtm-release-in-may.aspx

http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/windows/article.php/3873446/Windows%20Server%202008%20R2s%20Improved%20Management%20Console.htm