From time to time, I’ve found myself in a situation where I’ve needed to re-create MSDB. Unfortunately, most of the guides on how to do it give just basic overviews, leaving the unlucky admin muddling around.
Here is a real step-by-step for SQL Server 2005.… [ Continue reading ]
If you read my previous post on configuring Windows Server 2003 DHCP to serve PXE clients, you probably noticed option 066 for Boot Server Host Name.
What is a Boot Server, you may ask?
In simple terms, a boot server runs a TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) instance that is used to transfer small amounts of data.… [ Continue reading ]
Today, I was lending a hand to one of our Linux admins who was trying to get his servers Kickstarted. For the uninitiated, Kickstart is the Linux equivalent to Windows RIS.
PXE stands for Pre-boot eXecution Environment. PXE clients (commonly known as “diskless workstations”) rely on DHCP to tell them where to go for their boot configuration and software.… [ Continue reading ]
Since a lot of folks (myself included) are still running a lot of Exchange 2003 in the enterprise, I though I would post a bit about setting the track alignment properly in various kinds of storage.
According to Microsoft, when creating disk partitions, the “Disk Management” MMC snap-in mis-aligns the partition with the underlying physical disk.… [ Continue reading ]
All That’s Unholy with Check Point SmartDefense
A few months ago, I ran into a problem when copying large files between two tiers of a network in one of our datacenters. I was doing a hardware upgrade on some Hyper-V hosts in a DMZ and was copying the images to a backup server while I swapped out hardware components in the Hyper-V hosts.… [ Continue reading ]