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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Feeling Blue

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...