Monthly Archives: December 2014

Blog 2014 Year In review

Thank you for the support and comments through the year! > The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about … Continue reading

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Installing a Service pack for SQL Server cluster

Recently, I installed an SQL Server service pack and a CU update for a client. Here are my notes. SQL Server 2012 was presently running the RTM build. The plan is an upgrade to SQL Server 2012 SP2, then SQL … Continue reading

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Why you should not use remote SQL Server with ConfigMgr 2012

  As a senior consultant, long time administrator of SMS/ConfigMgr and former SQL Server MVP, I have some strong opinions on this subject. These opinions are based on years of actually designing, implementing and using the product. And, observing when … Continue reading

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Microsoft Senior Systems Engineer Needed – Dallas, TX

Microsoft Senior Systems Engineer Needed Softchoice – Dallas, TX Anyone with System Center skills in the Dallas, TX area looking for work? Softchoice has a great opportunity: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/13441840 Contact me for more information: steve (dot) thompson (at) softchoice (dot) com

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Why default database Autogrowth settings are bad

File Autogrowth ā€“ Never, never use the default database Autogrowth settings. As in the next screen shot, the tempdb default for the primary file is 1MB and the Log is 10%. Allowing these default settings will lead to excessive file … Continue reading

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T-SQL Tuesday giving back to the community

  Read an interesting post here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/discussionofsqlserver/2014/12/02/t-sql-tuesday-61-giving-back/ and thought, why not? šŸ™‚   Allow me to reflect a little; in 2014, Iā€™ve had the opportunity to present SQL Server related content at: TechEd 2014 (Houston) IT/Dev Connections 2014 (Las Vegas) … Continue reading

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What is PSR?

Not sure if Iā€™m the only one that had not heard of this tool. PSR is the Problem Steps Recorder, included with Windows 7 & Windows 8.  This will be really useful for recording interactive sessions, particularly for documentation From … Continue reading

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