April 2011 Entries

A bit about backups and tools: Virtual Restore

Over the last months, I have been putting a considerable level of effort recovering databases. That would be databases in dev, staging and prod. Somewhere, somehow someone got access to Prod and decided to mess with it. All in all this has created some heartburn and so on. Again, not only from the downtime it has caused and the lengthy recovery process. We figured we could use interim solutions that would become active only when we knew a transition period had arrived, while effective, the changes ......

Installing SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 without killing kittens in the process.

First, let me clarify the “killing kittens” statement. A couple of years back, I had a chance of attending a sessions presented by Todd Klindt and Shane Young on SharePoint Installation and to raise awareness of how little control, and not to say the limitations, of installing in Standalone mode, they would state “Everytime a SharePoint Standalone Installation happens, God kills a kitten”. Ok, now on to the rest of the purpose of the post. Assumption: SQL Server 2008 R2 is already installed on the ......

I am going to be at TechEd North America 2011, are you?

Every year, as the spring turns to summer there is a gathering we all want to make it to, TechEd North America. Here we are coming from a cajun experience last year ( I actually decided to drive from Indianapolis to New Orleans). And it was a great event, and great to see New Orleans. This year I am going to make the trip again, but not driving this time around. It will be a great event, no doubt. I will be presenting a Cram 4 exam session, helping prep for the Azure MCPD Certification. I will provide ......