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Strange Reboots

This isn’t going to be a terribly helpful post, but I do think it is interesting.  I have a server that is exhibiting some strange behavior.  When I copy a file to the server it reboots. 

At first, I thought this was a specific file, but later determined that it didn’t matter what the file was as long as it was over 4 MB.  I copied a 1 KB file and nothing happened.  I copied a file just under 5 MB and the system locked up, and then rebooted. 

I thought maybe it was a problem with the file, so I copied it local to my computer.  No problem. hmm…

I copied it directly from the source server to the destination server. Crashed the destination.  Weird…

I copied it from my computer to the destination server.  No problem.  I copied a very large (2 GB) file from my computer to the destination computer.  No problem.

I was about to decom that server anyway.  Bombs away…

Back Up!

So after several months of not being accessible, my blog is once again available.  I know that there are thousands of people (or maybe just me) that missed my blog while it was down. 

So I would like to have some grand reason for being down so long, but the simple fact is, we made some network changes here and this blog wasn’t very high on the priority list.  Such is life…

Goals (or interests) for this year

I said I want to make it to 175 posts (from 148 posts).  I have been thinking (for at least 5 minutes) that one way to do that is to write about some of the things that I want to work on.  Then I could share my progress, as well as the lessons learned from each phase of each goal.  To get me started I wanted to write a list of goals.  Then I thought about it and decided I was too non-committal to call them goals.  I think “interests” is a safer term to use.  So here are some of the things I am interested in working on this year:

  • Windows Server 2016
    • Deployment methods
    • Test environment
    • Useful features list
  • System Center
    • Operations Manager
      • Management pack tuning
      • Automated issue resolution
      • Service monitoring
      • Service definitions
    • Virtual Machine Manager
      • Update Rollup 6 (already in progress, so a pretty easy one I think)
      • Azure management
    • Configuration Manager
      • Use PowerBI to examine the data
      • Report on desktop update status and health
  • Azure Stack
    • Deploy it
    • Use it
  • Roadmap
    • Work with my team (and others) to roadmap our services
    • Communicate the roadmap
  • Communication
    • Communicate our status page
    • Build some automation into the status page
  • Management
    • Be a better manager
    • Read more
    • Listen more
    • Talk less
    • Be positive


I am sure that I will have more things that I am interested in doing.  I am sure that a lot of the items on this list will not be accomplished.  They all need some definition.  Maybe I will update this page with links to future posts on how I am doing with all of this.  Maybe…

Blogging–the New Begining

Pretty dramatic title isn’t it?  I am posting this mostly in a humorous (to me) attempt to get myself blogging again.  I have had a blog for several years (6? 7?), but I don’t blog very much.  I think the stats say I have 148 posts.  Maybe I can make it to 200 by the end of this year?  Or at least 175.  Maybe that is a good goal.

“Blue Screens”

Mark Russinovich writes his blog posts for people who want to get REALLY deep into the causes of computer problems.  But today, he posted something that is a little on the “fun” side as well. 

“Blue Screens” in Designer Colors with One Click


11 Jan 2011 12:15 PM

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My last blog post described how to use local kernel debugging to change the colors of the Windows crash screen, also known as the “blue screen of death”. No doubt many of you thought that showing off a green screen of death or red screen of death to your friends and family would be fun, but the steps involved too complicated.

“Blue Screens” in Designer Colors with One Click – Mark’s Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Windows 8 Plans Leaked

So apparently, Windows 8 planning slides got leaked.  A good discussion about what is contained in the slides can be found in this blog post:

Long story short, these slide decks are chock full of internal thinking on Windows 8 — everything from customer target audiences to the Windows 8 developer market to the Windows 8 product cycle and much, much more.


While I agree with the author of the post, in that I feel bad for the person who leaked this, I do think it is pretty interesting to get a look at what Microsoft is thinking.  I always find it useful to know now where they think things are going to be in the future, in the hopes that I will make better decisions about how to position myself and the company I work for to take advantage of the “new stuff” when it gets here.

My 5 seconds of fame…

So this week, I am at MMS 2010.  I try to come to MMS every year, because it gives me a chance to get away from the office (if not really away from work), and allows me to get some time to look at, learn about, and hopefully gain insight into what Microsoft is thinking about when they design the products I use, and the systems I maintain.  It is almost like a working vacation.  Away from the daily grind of my work life, I get to really let the inner geek out and get excited about the things that I enjoy in my job.

The opportunity to have conversations with the people that work on creating these products and people that use them in various environments is also very refreshing and useful.  This gets better over the years, because I have begun to recognize the people that have the answers I am looking for or the ideas that I can use. 

Last year, when I was at MMS, I happened to be standing too close to an area where they were conducting interviews… 

Today, while I was walking through the Expo, I saw someone that looked familiar, and he started talking to me before I even figured out where I recognized him.  He started talking about a video and how it had been talked about, and I was thinking “he obviously has me confused with someone else”.  Then I recognized who he was, and started getting nervous…

He opened up his laptop and showed me the a video called “What’s on your mind”.  It was evidently the intro video to one of the keynotes at TechEd last year.  I show up in a few spots, but mostly, I think, because they like my swimming pool analogy… 

Find me at 25 seconds through 30 seconds…

Thanks to Stephen Rose from Microsoft for remembering me and allowing me to post the video on my blog.

Ha Ha – “408 error”

For some reason this struck me as funny…  Got it when I went to view the WordPress stats for my blog…


Southwest Airlines

So yesterday, I got an email from Southwest Airlines that I thought was rather interesting:

Southwest Airlines is currently testing WiFi on four planes

Hello Michael!
Your flight on May 1, 2009, is currently scheduled to be on one of our Wi-Fi enabled aircraft!* That’s right…you’ll be able to check e-mail, surf the Internet, and stay connected to the world below via your personal laptop or other Wi-Fi enabled device! (As a reminder, devices that exclusively use a cellular signal won’t work with this service.) Don’t forget to power up at the gate before you board!
Southwest is currently testing Wi-Fi on four of our planes. The service will be free of charge during this evaluation period; all that we ask is that you take a few minutes to tell us what you think! Your opinion will help shape the future of this exciting product. A link to a short survey will be available on the Southwest Airlines/Yahoo! Homepage once you log in inflight.
Don’t forget that you can check in beginning 24 hours prior to scheduled departure.

And behold, this post is being made from the air!

“We’re Sorry”?

You would think that a company like Microsoft could come up with a better answer for a search on an error than:

We’re sorry

There is no additional information about this issue in the Error and Event Log Messages or Knowledge Base databases at this time. You can use the links in the Support area to determine whether any additional information might be available elsewhere.

Thank you for searching on this message; your search helps us identify those areas for which we need to provide more information.