How to resolve “Cluster Agent: The cluster resource %4 has become degraded. [SNMP TRAP: 15005 in CPQCLUS.MIB]” error message

January 30, 2012

While monitoring Windows Cluster by using SCOM 2007/SCOM 2007 R2/SCOM 2012 the following error may appear: “Cluster Agent: The cluster resource %4 has become degraded. ”. To resolve this error message, please use one of the following solutions: 1. Contact HP and/or upgrade to the latest version of HP ProLiant Servers SNMP Management Pack. 2. On each cluster node, navigate to “Control Panel” –> “HP Management Agents” –> Add to “Inactive Agents” list –> “Clustering Information” agent & press on “Ok” button.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Install Guide Templates

January 25, 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Install Guide Templates can be used as a starting point for formally documenting your organization's server build procedures for servers that will have Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 server roles installed on them. The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Install Guide Templates can be downloaded from the following link.
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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5

January 17, 2012

“The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.” The toolkit can be downloaded from the following link.

Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool

January 16, 2012

Attached the a short review of Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool - project: “Project DescriptionEver have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log and analyzes it using known thresholds. 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. ...
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Volume to capture drop menu may appear empty while trying to capture image by using Microsoft Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

January 3, 2012

After launching WinPE boot image and starting the image capturing wizard, the volume to capture drop menu may appear blank. To resolve this issue, please use one of the following solutions: 1. Add to the capture WinPE boot image the Mass Storage Device driver/s (e.g. Raid adapter driver, SATA adapter driver etc.). 2. Verify that Sysprep was set to use “Sysprep /generalize” mode. * The Microsoft Windows Deployment Services (WDS) don’t support capturing of images that wasn’t set to use generalize option.

PerfView

January 2, 2012

“Overview PerfView is a performance analysis tool focusing on ETW information (ETL files) as well as CLR memory information (heap dumps). It can collect and view ETL files as well as XPERF CSV files. Powerful grouping operators allow you to understand performance profiles in ways other tools can't. PerfView is used internally at Microsoft by a number of teams and is the primary performance investigation tool on the .NET Runtime team. Features include: Non-invasive collection - suitable for use in live, production environments Xcopy deployment - copy and run Memory Support for very...
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