SQL Server: How to tame the beast!

One of the benefits of virtualization is that you can segregate your SQL Servers from your other workloads.  Why?  If not then Microsoft SQL Server will hoard every last bit of resources on your machine, leaving scant crumbs for other workloads.  Seriously… when you start the Microsoft SQL Server you will immediately see your memory... Continue Reading →

Keep Up: How to configure SCOM to monitor the running state of services and restart them when they stop

Windows runs on services.  Don’t believe me?  Open your Services console and count just how many are running at any given time.  Of course, some of them are more important than others… especially when you are talking about servers that are critical to your organization. A new customer recently called me for a DEAR Call... Continue Reading →

Microsoft’s 2012 Products: Why can’t they all just work together?

I have heard a lot of comments, groans, and snide remarks about all of the 2012 products not working together – specifically Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, and SQL Server 2012.  While I share your pain, it is important to know a few things. Each of these products is developed by different product teams,... Continue Reading →

Installing NetFx3 on Windows Server 2012

Okay… I am installing SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 box, there shouldn’t be any problems.  Everything is proceeding normally until I get this message: Error while enabling Windows feature : NetFx3, Error Code : –2146498298 , Please try enabling Windows Feature : NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again.... Continue Reading →

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