Hilton Giesenow's Jumbled Mind

Friday, October 29, 2004

Back to da blogosphere

Things have been absolutely crazy at work the last few weeks. I ended up this last week in particular having to give 3 training sessions (which went very well :->), complete a section of the system, debug some sections, QA others, do as much testing as possible, plan the deployment and finally deploy the whole bang shoot. Talk about a long month!! Unfortunately, this means I haven't done too much blogging, but I have a couple of things to talk about so expect some new posts, o loyal reader(or - readerS hopefully).

Deployment gave some trouble the other night. The system was giving regular intermittent problems (does that make sense?). Eventually, I tracked the problem down using FileMon from SysInternals. Man do those guys rock! This little standalone exe lets you moniter absolutely every bit of file activity happening on the drive! This is exactly what you need when the cpu, network bandwidth and memory are almost idling at nothing but everything is creaking along. I used FileMon last deployment to figure out why Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services was running dog slow, only to discover that the antivirus was scanning ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING (and RS uses a truck-load of assemblies, config files, etc. Big shout out to Mark Russinovich at sysinternals for a brilliant piece of software.

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