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SQL Server Compatibility Levels

Have you ever wondered what versions of SQL Server related to the compatibility levels? This article will show you the levels and also how to change existing databases to different SQL releases. This is a list of all SQL Server Compatibility Levels: Product Database Engine Version Compatibility Level Designation Supported Compatibility Level Values SQL Server […]

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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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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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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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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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How to Fix: 0x800F0906 and 0x800F081F Error Messages while installing .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8/8.1

Windows 8/8.1 is one of the newer Microsoft Operating systems and it comes built-in with the .NET 4.5 framework. However, there are many 3rd party software programs which still require .NET Framework 3.5 installed on your system. (Such as my personal favorite application SQL Server) In such cases you need to install the .NET Framework […]

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How TO: Create SQL Central Management Server and Server Group

One of the cool things that was added a few years back was the Central Management Servers feature. It was introduced in the Standard and Enterprise editions of SQL Server 2008. This feature helps DBAs to maintain multiple SQL Server instances across an enterprise environment and provides two major benefits when multiple SQL Server instances […]

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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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Navigating easier with the Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Windows 8/Server 2012 changed the way, user interacted with the desktop and safe to say at this point, a lot of people were unhappy with the new design. Personally, I feel it is a shame, because I feel that Windows 8/Server 2012 is the best operating system that Microsoft has released to date. I am […]

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Video: Manually Set Key Management Server for Windows Activation in EC2

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 … Amazon KMS Server Information as of 26 JAN 2012 VPC (all regions, […]

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