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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 3

In my last article I talked about setting a domain for my lab environment for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group. This is the third of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install One of the really cool new features is the […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 2

In my last article I talked about setting a lab environment for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group. This is the second of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install I begin this process by installing the following VM’s (all with the […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 1

This is a long overdue topic that I have wanted to cover for a couple of years and have finally got a chance to setup for a lab environment. I wanted to expand upon Brent Ozar’s article: How to Set Up SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups. I also used Brent’s SQL Server 2012 Availability […]

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Windows 8.1 Update: Improvements and Changes

As you are aware, the last few articles that I wrote about are regarding the Windows 8 Start Menu. I talked about creating new shortcuts and how to navigate easier with the start menu. On April 15, 2014, Microsoft released this software, which you could get the latest update from with Windows Update or from […]

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Adding Shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start Menu

One of the main concerns with the Windows 8 Start Menu is that it changed the end user experience and software behavior that people had gotten used to with Windows. Last week, my article discussed how you can navigate easier with Windows key shortcuts, like using the Windows+X. (As seen below) In addition to using […]

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Types of MSSQL Joins

In Microsoft SQL Server, we have four types of joins. We use these joins to fetch data from multiple tables that are based on a condition. A join condition is a relationship among some columns in the data tables that take part in SQL join. Basically data tables are related to each other with keys. […]

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Hardware Changes in Windows 2012 RS VM’s

I have been reading a few of the latest Ebooks from Microsoft press lately: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals In this book, I felt it gave one of the better summaries of the new changes with Hyper-V and I am just copying a section from them as seen below. […]

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Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks (2013 Update)

Eric Ligman is a Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager and he just posted (today) a very helpful article on his blog. Last year, he listed a series of free Microsoft eBooks and he decided to update it again for this year. What I really like about both of his list of free books is that […]

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New Free Ebooks (SQL and Windows 2012) from Microsoft Press!

Hey Everyone, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful 4th of July. As you may or may not be aware, Microsoft has released SQL Server 2012 and on 31 May 2012 released Windows Server 2012 (RC1) Release Candidate One (which should mean Release To Manufacturing or RTM should be soon) I highly encourage all […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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