Mark's "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003" talk, now available in audio CD format


Mark Minasi here

OK, so you've got the network running, and running pretty well... no crises recently.  You apply the service packs and patches regularly.  But you hear the still, small voice that says:

"But is it optimized?  Are we really getting the maximum that we can out of the hardware and software that we paid for?"

And while your first inclination may be to wrap your hands around the still, small voice's neck and then squeeze, you can't, at least not if that SSV is coming from your boss's mouth.

Microsoft's always claimed that NT was self-tuning, and in some ways it is, sort of like a snapshot camera is self-focusing: it's got one setting, and you'd better like it.  Yes, Microsoft did "nail down" a lot of NT (and here I mean the whole NT family NT 4, 2000, XP, and 2003), but that doesn't mean that we can't still bend it to our wills, making our favorite OSes do our bidding.

One of my most-requested short talks is "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003;" I've done in many countries and for large audiences.  It's a commonsense approach to watching what your operating system is doing and using both the built-in tools and some free tools to enable you to get the most out of that operating system.  In under 75 minutes, I explain how to watch and adjust RAM, CPU, network and disk settings for optimum value. You'll learn exactly which Performance Monitor counters to watch.  You'll also learn how to use performance tools to determine when buying more hardware will improve performance.

If you've not been able to attend this talk in person, now I'm offering that talk on an audio CD for US$29.95.  Same talk, but you don't have to travel.  And you can listen to it at your convenience.

As always, the talk's driven by some PowerPoint slides, although I've worked hard to ensure that you needn't actually look at the PowerPoint slides while listening in order to learn, so that you can listen while driving or exercising.  The audio CD is actually a mixed-mode CD that includes a printable PDF file of those PowerPoint slides.  This CD's price includes free first-class postal shipping via the US postal service to anywhere in the US.

I hope you'll choose to pick up a copy of this presentation.  I've tried to make learning about tuning easy to follow, informative, and a bit of fun.

Buying "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003:"

You can get your copy of the Tuning audio CD for $29.95.  Click here to buy my audio CD "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003" if shipping to a US address.  (Outside of the US, please see below.)  Again, the CDs include the accompanying PowerPoint slides as PDF files.

If you want to ship faster than first class, then contact us at and we can set it up.  

To deliver outside of the US:

After a lot of research, we've seen that the most cost-effective way to ship things out of the US is to just send it via international mail.  That means that you're responsible for duty and taxes when the CDs get to your country.  Apologies, but we have to charge more for the extra handling and mail costs.  Your price to purchase "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003" is US$55.

Click here to purchase "Tuning 2000, XP and 2003" for delivery outside of the US.

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