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News of my death is highly exaggerated…

 Yep… I haven’t been blogging much lately.  But I’m still here. “What’s up, Kevin?” Well… last weekend after celebrating Thanksgiving here with my in-laws, I and the whole family flew out to San Francisco to celebrate my brother Carl’s wedding.  He married a lovely woman (Danielle) and we couldn’t be more happy for the two… Read more

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037 This question was asked at our event TODAY in Des Moines, IA. “Can the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) aslo tune databses running on SQL 2000?” Short answer.  YES! And in fact, something I didn’t mention at the event, but is also quite useful in the new… Read more

Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 8 – DNS) Q&A

Here is a “best of” Q&A from our webcast we did today on an overview of DNS.  This was part 8 of the 12 part Windows Server 2003 Administration series I delivered earlier this year.  BIG THANKS to Mr. Bryan von Axelson for helping out as our sole Q&A person today.  As you see below,… Read more

TechNet Virtual Labs

TechNet Virtual Labs “Ever wanted to test Microsoft’s newest software in a sandbox environment? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to test new servers immediately, without formatting hard drives or dedicating one or more computers to the project? Now you can, with the TechNet Virtual Labs.” For those of you not already aware of… Read more

Resource Page for TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of DNS in Windows Server 2003

Yep… another day, another webcast!    I’m presenting this “TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of DNS in Windows Server 2003” today.   Here are some resources relating to this session’s topic.  I hope you find them useful, and that you are either joining me live for the webcast, or will be viewing it at some later… Read more

Best of Q&A from our TechNet Webcast: Successfully Implementing a Complex Active Directory Design (Level 200)

 Earlier Today I delivered a webcast (content number ADD-03) on considerations for planning a complex AD design.  I thought I’d post some of the Q&A here, and maybe expand on some of the answers also. Thanks again to Blain Barton, Chris Avis, and Rob Westover, for helping out in a pinch to handle Q&A for… Read more

Look 3P0! It’s Virtual Server 2005 R2!

I just now saw on Jeff Alexander’s blog that Virtual Server 2005 R2 has RTM’d (Released To Manufacturing).  It’s shipped! The announcement was made at IT Forum in Barcelona.  Here’s the Press Release that followed this annoucement, and here’s the Virtual Server 2005 R2 web page. Just one more reason, Nancy*, that we need to… Read more

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 036

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 036 Credit for this one goes to Chris Avis, who had this asked of him in an event recently… “With ‘instant file initialization’, what is it really doing?” Here’s a document that describes it well. From the document: In SQL Server 2005, data files can be initialized instantaneously. This allows for… Read more

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 035

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 035 Credit for this one goes to Chris Avis, who had this asked of him in an event recently… “What is the max number of filegroups supported as part of a single database?” Well… it’s a nice big binary number: 111111111111111 (or 32,767 for you decimal lovers).  The answer is found… Read more