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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 4

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 last article of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install The first thing I do when creating a […]

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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 Server 2012 Release Dates

I got some great news for you and it is straight from a Microsoft’s blog Windows Server 2012 final release timing and that news is that they have provided release dates to Windows Server 2012. Release To Manufacturing (RTM): First week of August 2012 Release to General Public: 4 September 2012 These dates were also confirmed by another Microsoft […]

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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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