From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 3

In part 1 showed how you could install Windows on a virtual disk and use that disk to create a new virtual machine. We improved on part 2 to show how to set the administrator password or the computer name during installation to minimize user input. In part 3 we will take another step. It’s…


From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 2

This post is part of a series of posts about buidling a lab environment using some of the new PowerShell cmdlets and features in Windows 8. In the previous post I explained how to create a virtual disk, apply a standard Windows Server 2008 image to it and attach the disk to a new VM….


From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 1

As a Premier Field Engineer I get into a different challenge every week. These challenges can be anything; performance issues, architecture review or migration scenarios. If I’m at a customer site it is not always possible (or recommended) to test my solution on the production systems. And if it’s a possible bug I want to…


Getting HadronCore on SQL Server 2012

One of the new features of SQL Server 2012 is AlwaysOn Availability Groups. You can think of Availability Groups as Database Mirroring on steroids. Database mirroring is only limited to one database, one secondary and if you wanted to read off it you had to create a snapshot. And in the case of a failover…