Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Thin PC client, and plans to make it available to Software Assurance customers starting July 1, company officials said on June 7. Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). Whereas WinFLP was based on the Windows XP SP3 platform, WinTPC is based on the Windows 7...

Confirmed: Microsoft Will Announce Acquisition of Skype Tomorrow Morning

Confirmed: Microsoft Will Announce Acquisition of Skype Tomorrow Morning

The Wall Street Journal reported tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion. Sources told BoomTown tonight that the deal for the online telephony giant is actually done and will be announced early tomorrow morning. The deal–which is being spearheaded in a closely...

Controlling Processor Resources in Hyper-V Guests

Introduction to Virtual Processors Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V allows up to four virtual processors in a virtual machine and allows you to configure options on how those virtual processors are balanced across virtual machines. This article describes the options for processor resource control and how to use them. Hyper-V uses physical processors and cores to...

Configure and troubleshoot Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Reinstall MSDTC Reinstall the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) with the following steps (Win2k/WinXP/Vista): Execute commands Net stop msdtc Msdtc -uninstall Delete registry keys: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \MSDTC] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Services \MSDTC] Execute commands: Msdtc -install Msdtc -resetlog Net start...

Windows Server 2008R2 File Cache flushed by IIS7.5

IIS caches everything it can to save CPU cycles wherever possible. IIS6 had user-mode file cache, token cache, URI cache, metadata cache and kernel-mode http.sys response cache. These caches are mostly unchanged in IIS 7.0 other than following changes I can think of. Static compression module disable kernel caching of response if static compression is enabled...

Be Aware: Using AWE, locked pages in memory, on 64 bit

We have already talked about Windows AWE mechanism on 32 bit and how SQL Server utilizes it. Today I would like to go over AWE & related mechanism on 64 bit platforms. To some people it comes as a surprise that AWE mechanism is still present and actually could be useful on 64 bit platforms. As you remember the mechanism consists of two parts allocating...