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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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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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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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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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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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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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HOW TO: Deploy Windows 8.1 via WINPE USB Disk

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part three of a three part series that will detail how to perform the following […]

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How to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 8.X

Windows 8 is strongly aimed at tablets and touch enabled devices, most of which will allow their use in both landscape and portrait orientations. Depending on your personal preference, you might want to disable this auto-rotating behavior, but had a hard time finding a way to do it. Well you are in luck today and […]

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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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