Under The Hood - Matt Pietrek

Mr. Burgermaster passes on

This makes me sad: http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2009/10/rip_mr_burgermaster.html My own personal...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/20/2009

Visual Studio 2010 Linker performance improvements

A long, long time ago I wrote quite a bit about PE files, OBJ files, compilers, linkers, etc......

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/13/2009

Adventures in creating a Windows 7 HTPC – Part 2

In my previous post, I described the requirements and purchasing decisions around a new Windows...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 08/25/2009

Adventures in creating a Windows 7 HTPC – Part 1

Recently I decided it was time to jump back whole hog into the Windows Media Center experience now...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 08/24/2009

Native VHD support in Windows 7 and WS08 R2

This is truly cool stuff. VHDs are no longer "just" a virtualization file format. They're baked into...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 05/14/2009

64 Logical Processor support in latest Hyper-V

I've been waiting for quite a long to post this information. Hyper-V now supports systems with up to...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 05/13/2009

New Hyper-V Release Candidate available

If you're still using the original Hyper-V that runs as part of Windows Server 2008, this is a big...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 05/06/2009

Analyze Wait Chain - Why is my program stuck?

My new favorite "Nerd" feature in Win7 involves the Resource Monitor (not surprisingly.) It's...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 04/17/2009

My favorite Windows 7 feature so far - Resource Monitor

While the Windows 7 UI is currently getting most of the "What's new?" attention, I'm a system guy at...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/16/2009

Hyper-V gets even better

While there's much press coverage about Windows 7 hitting beta, the availability of the Windows...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/09/2009

Fast Forward - Catching up on what I'm up to

I've been somewhat quiet in my blog lately, posting vary sparsely in 2008. Consider this the...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/09/2009

The Case of XBox 360 not playing ripped DVDs from a WHS share

Stealing a page from Mark Russinovich's blog here. I've been going batty trying to play ripped DVDs...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 11/01/2008

On the passing of Paul DiLascia

I was quite sad to hear the news this morning (via email) that my friend, Paul DiLascia has passed...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/06/2008

Celebrity Restaurant Sightings

Last night my wife took me to the Met for dinner. Midway through dinner I glanced over at the...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/29/2008

Windows Home Server has shipped!

Likely you've already seen this elsewhere, but if not, WHS has RTMed!...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 07/16/2007

R.I.P. NuMega Lab

In a previous post, I lamented the loss of SoftIce. Now, we truly are at the end of an era....

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 06/11/2007

Windows Home Server Update - Waiting on a new build

Yes, it's been awhile since I posted anything on this topic. My bad. My WHS box is happily purring...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 03/28/2007

Why don't I get ETW events from ASP.NET in Vista?

One of the cool features of IIS 7 is it's modular architecture. It lets you create just the IIS you...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/21/2007

Windows Home Server - A peek at Remote Access

Here's what it looks like when I'm at work, accessing my home network via Windows Home Server. I've...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/21/2007

Windows Home Server - Remote Access is working!

This morning my wife was firmly ensconced on the couch with the puppy, catching up on her shows on...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/17/2007

Windows Home Server beta is expanding

See the Windows Home Server blog for details.

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/13/2007

Fun With Crimson Eventing in Vista

(Switching away from WHS for the moment...) In my current work life, I've been playing extensively...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/09/2007

A question about Windows Home Server storage space

Andre asks: what is the effective size of the server if i have 4 250GB disk? is it 0.5TB or 1TB? The...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/08/2007

Windows Home Server Team Blog

Is here: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/ No real news on my own WHS box. Still hanging in...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 02/02/2007

Windows Home Server, Day 8

No, you're not missing any posts. I've jumped from Day 4 to Day 8. Last night WHS box passed the...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/30/2007

Windows Home Server, Day 4

I'm in troubleshooting mode now. The last two mornings I've woken up to a frozen server machine. No...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/26/2007

Windows Home Server, Day 3

Last night was exciting as we got another build of WHS to play with. Since I had no data on the box...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/25/2007

Windows Home Server, Day II

Maybe it's just because my new box is setting next to me on the desk, but it's pretty loud. I...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/24/2007

Windows Home Server - It's alive!

The new PC I ordered to run Windows Home Server arrived last night, and I'm happily fiddling with...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/23/2007

Robocopy built into Vista

OK, perhaps not news to everybody, but I was surprised to learn this yesterday. Robocopy is a...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 01/16/2007

Fun with Vista (IIS7) and ASP.NET

Being the good dogfooder I am, I'm running Vista in x64 mode. My current project involves moving...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 12/14/2006

A nice intro to Keyed Events and Slim Reader/Writer locks

In a previous post, I mentioned the new slim reader/writer locks in Vista. A kind reader just sent...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 12/13/2006

At last I can break the silence

OK... It's not a super-duper juicy revelation, but it's exciting to me. Raymond Chen has finally...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 12/07/2006

New AeDebug functionality in Vista

Perhaps jumping the gun here as the official doc still hasn't been posted yet, but soon, I'm told....

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 11/22/2006

Stupid PE File Tricks

If you're an aficionado of all things PE file related, you'll get a kick of this article:...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 11/07/2006

A New Role For Me At Microsoft

Today marks my first day in a different division at Microsoft. I'm now part of the Center For...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 11/06/2006

I Love Rock N Roll

So I'm just a wee bit sleepy this morning. The missus and I were out late last night at the Showbox,...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 11/02/2006

Slim Reader Writer Locks

In a recent internal thread, there's been some good discussion about the new Slim Reader Writer...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/19/2006

Humorous comment of the day

I saw this comment in a design spec, and it made me laugh: TEST NOTE: Please test that we don’t...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/18/2006

New Synchronization APIs in Vista

Somehow in my heads down mode lately, I haven't had a chance to monitor all the new Win32 API...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/16/2006

Typo in WinBase.H (RTL_CRITICAL_SECTION_NO_DEBUG_INFO)

Yes, it's been awhile since my last post. While I've been busy on lots of interesting work, nothing...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 10/12/2006

My channel 9 video is up

https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=219294 It's me, talking about what I've been working...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 07/24/2006

Who Are These People - Answers

In a prior blog entry, I asked if anybody could recognize the people in the picture. Surprisingly, I...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 07/19/2006

Who Are These People?

I was working with my scanner this weekend, bringing in old pictures to my digital image library....

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 07/17/2006

Finally, some more concrete guidance on the mystery's of DllMain

I spent many years prior to coming to Microsoft doing "dangerous" things inside of DllMain. If...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 06/21/2006

Cool new Vista APIs for determining Thread Wait States

I haven't yet had a chance to play with these yet, but Vista includes new APIs for determining why a...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 06/20/2006

A cool site for debugger / system programming junkies

Mr. DbgHelp just sent me this link: http://www.debuginfo.com/index.html I confess that I haven't...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 06/19/2006

Random Factoids gathered with the Media Player 11 Beta

I downloaded and played with Windows Media Player 11, beta 2 this weekend. All the attention has...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 05/22/2006

X64 Calling Convention Docs available online

As Raymond mentioned in his post, the MSDN site finally has some decent documentation on the x64...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 05/17/2006

X64 Article Questions & Clarifications

Finally, a response to some comments and questions about my x64 article. Registry Fun Noah Harrison...

Author: Matt Pietrek Date: 04/27/2006

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