Archive | December, 2011

Manually Set Key Management Server for Windows Activation

Ever get tired of Windows wanting to activate all the time and not know what to do?? Well, then I hope this information will help you resolve that issue. Most of the time, this issue is caused by a couple of things. You may have placed a firewall or altered a network routing table that […]

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SQL Job Agent fails when Windows name change

Have you ever had a server that had a name change, but you also had a SQL server database on it and now all of your SQL jobs fail? Let’s say that your server used to be named IP-0A7653F2 and had SQL Server installed with some SQL jobs configured on it, but now it is called […]

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Windows 7/2008R2 does not load after adding the drive to another machine that also uses new BCD store

Symptom: When you attach a system (boot) volume in Windows 7/2008 R2 to any other Windows 2008 R2 as another drive you will run into an issue where attach it back without modifying any files on the volume; it becomes non-bootable. It looks alright and it can be attached back to its original server, but […]

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Saying Farewell to Tom Phillips of EC2 Windows

This is my tribute to Tom Phillips, director of EC2 Windows, whose life in many eyes was taken before his time. He was born in Michigan on February 21, 1959 and passed away on December 3, 2011 at the age of 52. He was a very generous man and I am blessed to have known him. I […]

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Install Word Press on IIS 7 (step by step)

Install WordPress – it takes 5 mins Prerequisites The supported operating systems for the Web PI 3.0 are Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and later versions, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions. […]

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PowerShell and TSQL code to list database information

Let’s say you want to get a list of all the tables in your database, along with their row counts and data space used. This would be really nice to know if you could not get it from SQL Server Management Studio. (SSMS) Well, today you are in luck, because I am going to show […]

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Be careful using sysprep with Windows 2008 r2 in a cloud environment

First off, this is an excellent post on the new changes with sysprep with Windows 7/Windows 2008r2: http://briandesmond.com/blog/how-to-sysprep-in-windows-server-2008-r2-and-windows-7/ I could not write it better myself, so if you need help with sysprep and all the new changes, please review Brain Desmond’s blog on it. Instead, I want to highlight a key point, when you are […]

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Have a need to port existing SQL Server Agent Jobs?

If you are like me, you have a few SQL Servers that you are managing and sometimes you write a cool job and say to yourself that would be awesome if I could take this job on Server A and allow Server B to run this job as well. Well, a good friend of mine (Jeremy Carter […]

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Brief Introduction to Windows Azure

First blog Hey everyone, last week I was talking with a good friend of mine Antoine Victor from ProDataMan. I told him that I was looking at Microsoft’s efforts with cloud computing, which is called Windows Azure, so he asked me to write-up a short blog on this technology. I hate to start off a […]

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