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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 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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Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is a holiday where we celebrate the effort’ of mothers all over the world. We take time to appreciate their sacrifice and the impact that Mom’s have on their family. As in all things with life, we may butt heads at times, argue over silly things and get upset with one another. However, I feel […]

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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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HOW TO: Setup DHCP user defined option tags to configure Wyse ThinOS Clients

Problem Today, I want to discuss how you can design Wyse ThinOS clients to get the information on basic things like the location of a FTP server, path to configuration files and other settings automatically without any effort from an end user. This will lead to being able to maintain a certain version of firmware […]

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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: 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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Video: Installing Tracetcp, Tcping, WireShark and PortQry

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 … This is the last of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: WireShark Network Capture

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 … This is part three of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: Name Resolution and Port Queries

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 … This is part two of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: Using Tracetcp versus Tracert

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 … This is part one of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Organization Charts of the Big Companies

This chart has been out for a while and it shows how these different companies (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Oracle) are/were organized: Amazon– Classic mafia structure, the don (Jeff Bezos) is on top, soldiers report to their captains, they report to the guy above, and he takes orders from the don. Google– Much […]

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HOW TO: Gather a packet capture without installing WireShark

In yesterday’s article, I talked about using MessageAnalyzer (successor to Microsoft Network Monitor) to open network files with no known extensions and then exporting the file in a format that Wireshark can use to present the data. As stated in last week’s article, I mentioned that “networking issues can be a more difficult topic to […]

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HOW TO: Using MessageAnalyzer to export files to Wireshark

Sometimes you may get a file (usually from an open source system, such as Linux) that has network data. If you try to use notepad to open it in Windows, you will see that it is in binary. The text will be unreadable and you may also think that this file provides no value. (As […]

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Preparing for interview loops

As usual, the views and opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessary state or reflect those of Microsoft. This is part two of this series and you can look at part one here to get caught up. Today, we will talk about getting ready for a hiring loop, which is basically a three-step […]

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Navigating Microsoft’s employment opportunities

Have you ever wanted to work at Microsoft Corporation, but was a little taken back by the process? One question that I have received a lot is what is it like to interview with Microsoft or what the environment is like or the sheer amount of contractors, etc. Some people have expressed interest in these opportunities and […]

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