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Going Back to Boot Camp
Nearly 10 years ago, I went to Marine Corps Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego . Those were good times... A few weeks ago, I went back to Boot Camp , this time loading up Windows Vista on my new MacBook Pro. The process by-and-large is quite simple, and is documented in many places on the...
21 Jul 2007
Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008
I am in the process of installing SQL Server 2005 on a new Windows 2008 Server, and ran into the following warning about missing some required components of IIS: - IIS Feature Requirement (Warning) Messages IIS Feature Requirement Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is either not installed...
2 Jul 2008
Can't read .chm (Compiled Help) on Vista/XP/2003?
In my previous post , I mentioned that TechNet Magazine has their past issues available in HTML Help format (.chm) here . If you navigate to that page (with a fully patched Vista or Windows XP box) and open one of the referenced files from directly within IE, you will get something that looks a...
29 May 2007
SharePoint 2010 – 403 error when updating metadata
I have spent a month troubleshooting a crazy problem with SharePoint 2010, stumping everyone that worked on it. The problem was just resolved, and it involves something I’ve never seen before, so I thought I would share so that the solution is out there on the intarwebs :) Environment I have...
28 Jul 2010
SharePoint Duplicate People Search Results (or none at all)
I ran into an interesting issue with the People Search functionality of SharePoint today (which is the opposite of a problem I ran into sometime back, and which is also covered here ) The problem today: People results are duplicated. The problem earlier: No people results at all. The root cause of the...
17 Mar 2009
Having a bad day?
You know… the kind of day where all of the hard drives fail on one of your domain controllers, and then the new sysadmin runs a script on your production AD environment that deletes all user accounts, and then a hurricane hits your backup datacenter and floods your server room, submerging the last few...
21 May 2009
Fixing the mouse in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn under Virtual PC 2007
The show-stopping " mouse no-workie " issue when loading Ubuntu 7.04 under Virtual PC 2007 now has a workaround! Courtesy of the comments at Arcanecode : Use the RIGHT ALT + V to paste the below lines into Ubuntu. Much easier than typing it out. 1. Reboot in recovery mode by pressing ESC on the GRUB...
31 May 2007
File System Limitation
Apparently I am only the second person on the internet to hit this error (judging by my Bing search this morning), but I thought I would share the solution in case someone else ever hits it :). I was attempting to copy a 150 GB VHD file from one Windows Server 2008 R2 server to another, and after approximately...
6 Jul 2011
Network Troubleshooting without NetMon
Troubleshooting networks (as with any computer/system/car/generic problem troubleshooting) is often a case study in logic and common sense. Ned Pyle on the Directory Services team has put together a great post on troubleshooting networks using the built-in Windows Tools. http://blogs.technet.com/askds...
20 Dec 2007
Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007
Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html . What's new? Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called Cheese , improved network filesystem support, a...
19 May 2008
SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer
The following screenshot will give a DBA severe indigestion (although I have to imagine it is not entirely uncommon on unmanaged installations of SQL, especially those where SQL is just the black box that is installed as a prerequisite). A SQL installation with the database files, logs, and backups on...
26 Jul 2010
Analyzing your Windows Perfmon logs
Great writeup by Daniel Petri : Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format) and analyzes it using...
20 Feb 2008
SharePoint Profile Cleanup
I ended up having to do quite a bit of cleanup on the profiles associated with a team SharePoint server, and learned a bit in the process that doesn’t seem to be on the Internet in one place, so I thought I’d share. Note: I will touch on several related areas in this post, so I apologize if I jump all...
4 Mar 2009
If you have used Windows for a few years, you have likely encountered a Blue Screen of Death . Fortunately, as reliability has increased with each new release of Windows, BSODs have become progressively less common. What causes these Blue Screens? Primarily, bad drivers or bad hardware...
19 Jun 2008
Where's My Mail Control Panel?
(or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel...) This has been bugging me for a while. I don't know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail Control Panel. The Mail Control Panel is installed...
24 Dec 2007
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