Archive | February, 2012

New adventures and challenges

Today marks my last day as an Amazonian with Amazon Web Services. I have enjoyed my time here and will miss the friendships that have formed since I joined them. I will still continue to blog about AWS and encourage others to use their features and services. As I have one foot out the door, […]

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Had an amazing time at SQL Saturday in Redmond!

If you have never been to a SQL Saturday event, I highly suggest that you do! You can find an upcoming event here: http://sqlsaturday.com/ and https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23sqlsat108 As stated earlier in one of my posts (http://www.smattie.com/my-small-attempt-to-give-back-to-the-it-community/) this community is really one of the bright spots in the IT field. I was so happy to meet and talk with a […]

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Video: AWS Fault Tolerance strategies

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player …

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Video: Configuring EC2Config Service to Capture Event Viewer information for Windows 2003/2008. (Get System Log)

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player …

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Seizing FSMO Roles in Windows 2008 using ntdsutil

How can I forcibly transfer (seize) some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another? Keep in mind bad things can happen at times Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation), as described in Understanding FSMO Roles in Windows Active Directory. The […]

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Transferring FSMO Roles in Windows 2008 using ntdsutil

How can I transfer some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another using the command line? Great question! NOTE: For doing this task in the GUI, please see this blog: Transferring FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2008 (Has some great screen-shots) Windows 2008 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO […]

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Understanding FSMO Roles in Windows Active Directory

FSMO stands for Flexible Single Master Operations, and these roles (also known as operations master roles) help you prevent conflicts in your Active Directory. In an Active Directory environment, some of your domain controllers (DCs) must be assigned certain special roles for your network to function properly. These special roles are called flexible single master […]

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HOW TO: Move SQL Server transaction log files to a different location via TSQL and SSMS

This information is NOT recommended and I strongly suggest you follow this article instead. HOW TO: Move SQL Server transaction log files to a different location via TSQL and SSMS Problem Moving the log file of a production SQL Server database to separate physical drive is a Microsoft SQL Server best practice to optimize the […]

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Different Ways to Find the Recovery Model for a SQL Server Database

Perhaps, the best thing about SQL Server and Microsoft products as a whole is that most of the tasks can be executed in more than one way. At times, it is might be useful to know about the various methods of performing a single task. Today, we will observe four different methods to find out […]

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Video: Detaching root volumes for both versions of Windows 2008 to Windows 2008 to resolve EC2 connectivity issues. (Part 2 of 2)

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … Goals: To successfully detach and attach root drive to EC2 Windows 2008 […]

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