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HOW TO Create Windows PE Bootable USB in 2016

In an earlier article, I discussed how to create a Windows PE disk using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8.1 Update. Like all things in life, the information changes and that is why I try to do my best to update […]

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How To Make Bootable USB

Last month, in my effort to show support to Tim Ford (Blog | Twitter) efforts #iwanttoshare so, I wrote this article about HOW TO: Use ROBOCOPY to Move SQL Files. (Background: asked for fellow bloggers to write about entry level topics. He stated that from time to time he gets feedback that people reading our […]

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Upgrading from SQL Server Evaluation Edition

This article will provide you with a step-by-step set of instructions on how to upgrade a SQL Server 2012 or 2014 evaluation edition to an Enterprise edition. Similar steps can be used to upgrade to any other licensed editions, Developer, Standard or Enterprise. Long story short, changing an edition from an evaluation version to another one does […]

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Migrating to new hosting provider

Hi folks! I just wanted to provide a quick update, that I will be making some changes over the next couple of weeks to my site. For the past 5 years or so, I was running this site on Amazon Web Services and for the most part it has worked out really well. I started […]

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HOW TO: Determine SQL Server Evaluation Period

Today, I want to talk about how you can determine if you using an evaluation copy of SQL server and also how to determine when that period is over, before you get the pop warning listed below: If you are like me, you are constantly building systems and then tearing them down for testing. In […]

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HOW TO: Use ROBOCOPY to Move SQL Files

As you know I recently blogged an article about attending SQL Saturday #493 in Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley) and this is where I met Tim Ford (Blog | Twitter) for the first time. During his presentation, he asked for fellow bloggers to write about entry level topics. He stated that from time to time […]

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Understanding the configuration file order for Wyse Thin Clients

Problem In an earlier article, I went over how you can configure your system to use a FTP server with DHCP option tags to automatically configure the device. Today, I am going to go over these configuration files, plus the processing hierarchy. My hope is that you will end up with the same conclusion that […]

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SQL Saturday #493 (Silicon Valley)

I have been really lucky the past two weeks as I was able to attend two separate SQL Saturday events back to back. For me, it is a day where I can both learn and talk with others about my passion with Microsoft SQL Server. The latest SQL Saturday #493 in Mountain View, CA (Silicon […]

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SQL Saturday #511 (Redmond)

One of the things I really look forward to recently is SQL Saturday as it is a day where I can both learn and talk with others about my passion with Microsoft SQL Server. The latest SQL Saturday #511 in Redmond on 2 April 2016 was no exception to this wonderful community of SQL server […]

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FIX: SQL Server Management Studio and 4k Monitors

With the latest releases of Intel processors and especially starting with the 4th generation (“Haswell” processors) to the latest 6th generation (“Skylake” processors) that are shipping with graphic cards that allow for 4k resolution. Well, most people are happy with the extra high definition, there are many others who state that the only complaint is […]

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How to: Move SQL Databases (System)

This is the second article about moving system databases and I just got motivated writing it after reading Erik Darling‘s article Moving Databases with ALTER DATABASE. I wrote my rough draft in an earlier article (that I ended up putting up on my site) on how to move system databases in SQL Server 2008R2. In […]

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How to: Move SQL Databases (User)

This is an article that I have been meaning to write for a while and I just got motivated writing it after reading Erik Darling‘s article Moving Databases with ALTER DATABASE. I wrote my rough draft in an earlier article (that I ended up putting up on my site) on how to move system databases […]

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How to: Download files with Internet Explorer 11

A lot of people are dealing with the progressive nature of Microsoft, where products are being either introduced or updated (on average) every three years. It is both a blessing and a pain in the butt to deal as you navigate through the business world of today. Internet Explorer is no different and with the […]

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Moving the System Databases in SQL Server 2008R2

One of the more common tasks you will encounter in moving a system or user database from one physical location to another location. For example, Microsoft recommends that we place our backups, data files, transaction logs and tempdb files on four separate drives. However, the installer by default will place the system databases (Master, Model […]

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Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission or the server is unreachable.

  Recently, I had an issue where I installed SQL server with the default users to start the services. Later when I tried to change the service accounts to my active directory accounts, I got the following error message when trying to open SQL Server Configuration Manager.   I read that message “Cannot connect to […]

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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 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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