Hardware

Be careful setting up disc for SQL Server

Been going through different setup for SQL server setup. One problem I ran into was that I ran into this error "{FileName}.mdf is Compressed But Does not Reside in a Read-only Database or Filegroup. The File Must be Decompressed".First Bing search result put me through to a path trying to alter the backup file, but that didn't work. After reading this one (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sa... I was able to fix ......

Posted On Monday, March 18, 2013 3:21 PM | Comments (0)

Tried making a striped volume out of my old hard drives

Brought in 2 perfectly working 400GB SATA drives and needed to set up a spare drive at work to keep the SQL files. Was on my merry way to create a striped volume, and bang, bang, bang, bang. Just can't do it.Found out you CANNOT convert to dynamic disk if you are one of the following:portable computersremovable disksdetachable disks that use Universal Serial Bus (USB) or IEEE 1394 (also called FireWire) interfacesdisks connected to shared SCSI buses Reference: http://technet.microsoft.co... ......

Posted On Monday, March 18, 2013 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

Database Hardware CPU Licensing vs Performance and Fast Track Data Warehouse Architecture

This is just one of those cool post which are not written as often as it should be. Hats off to Glenn Berry for stating it so clearly for all BI / database developers.http://sqlserver... read some Microsoft paper on "Fast Track Data Warehouse Architecture", and did not appreciate the benefit at the time. What a great way for developers to start with someone already figured out the licensing + cost + performance. There ......

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2012 4:05 PM | Comments (0)

So far USB 3.0 leaves a lot to be desired

I now have a few docking station for my SATA drives that's hooked on to USB 3.0 PCI Express cards. I also have a laptop with 2 USB 3.0 ports. The straight up transfer speed is good, 86 mbps versus 20 mbps, my virtual PC now runs very well with USB drives. However, using those devices for file storage has not been a very good experience so far. With the old USB 2.0 drives, I could create multiple "move" instances between drives. The speed slows down, but I could initial some moves and leave the computer ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

Thanks to my wife for a dream machine

2 months ago I learned that there is going to be a Windows Azure Boot Camp, free, 2-day, code-intensive. The only catch at the time for me was that I didn't have a laptop, a requirement for this camp. Thanks for my beautiful and tolerant wife, we provisioned and I got my dream machine. Waited and shopped for a long time to get a reasonable price, but I got the following spec: 8GB ram Necessary for me to run my virtual environments i-5 4-Core CPU Want 4-core for virtual environments, but not a fan ......

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:39 AM | Comments (0)

A network card did not show up in the Virtual PC networking adapter settings...

This post saved my life:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/windows_vpc/archive/2009/12/07/networking-in-windows-virtual-pc.aspx

 

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:43 PM | Comments (0)

Installing XP with Visiontek Radeon HD 2400 Pro 512MB AGP

I bought this video card to work with Windows 7.  It works perfectly; couldn't be happier.

The problem starts when I had to install XP for some legacy application.  I tried installing different versions of XP (home, professional, media center), and each one hangs at the XP startup screen.

Workaround: I installed XP with the onboard video card first, change the screen resolution, then switch in the new video card, and voila.

Posted On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:10 AM | Comments (0)

Proof of concept project - Home infrastructure

Some of you have been seeing some pictures of me putting heat sinks into 2 old computers to reduce noise provide adequate cooling for the system to run 24/7 I want to blog this for several reasons: To keep track of what I've been doing To perhaps get some suggestions of any better way of doing it. The 3 computers I'm working with have the following specs: P-4 1.6 GHz, 1.5 GB PC-133 SDRAM, 120 GB IDE P-4 2.6 GHz, 2 GB PC-2700 DDR, 320 GB IDE, 800 GB RAID-0 SATA P-4 2.8 GHz, 2 GB PC-3200 DDR, 400 GB ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:26 PM | Comments (0)

Just can't wait for USB 3.0 to be available

Kind of make me regret setting up a ExpressCard/eSATA virtual environment, but this is really cool!

http://www.everythingusb.com/superspeed-usb.html

 

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:38 AM | Comments (0)

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