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comment Broadcom iSCSI HBAs missing in vSphere
Vinicius, I think you are mis-understanding my question: I'm not looking for how to use the TCP offload. There's some configuration difference between my servers where one is offering the offload option, and the others aren't, and I can't figure out where it is.
comment Client Backups for the Enterprise
All well and good for users in the office, but doesn't work well with laptops, especially sales guys who are always on the road, or in remote locations. We do keep 90% of our desktop users' data on file servers though.
comment PowerShell script to find meeting requests in Exchange mailbox and accept them
Writing a program up in .NET is an option, but what APIs would I be looking at?
comment SAS vs. Nearline/MDL SAS - What is the difference?
One thing that I've yet to see an answer to in all the explanations that I've read is whether or not there's any protocol translation happening. i.e. When the drive receives the SAS command over it interface, if it then translates it internally to an equivalent SATA command before performing the actual operation, or if these really are "pure" SAS drives, and it's just the disk mechanics that are built to a lower specification.
comment vSphere NIC Configuration?
Jed, from the looks of your layout, I'm not seeing any of the pNICs set aside for the production LAN (i.e. so the VMs have network access).
comment Why is the vSphere console view so slow?
Really? I've found the exact opposite: Server 2k3 is nearly as fast as workstation, but 2k8 R2 has very noticeable lag. It's especially worse before the VMTools get installed.
comment Computer specs for a large database
Depends on what you need, but most likely not. A clustered index re-organizes all the rows in the table such that the rows are in the same order as the index. As such, there can be only 1 per table, and will take a long time to build. Non-clustered indexes only order the index data in a separate space, and then use pointers to the rows for the rest of the data. Rule of thumb: A clustered index should be created for sorting results (ORDER BY), non-clustered indexes for filter conditions (WHERE clauses) of the data.
comment Data storage on same guest as vCenter?
I'd be interested in this myself. This is the configuration that we're currently running to allow our environment to recover to a complete power failure, but I'd be interested in other opinions.
comment Basic SQL Server Administration
SQL Server Express is limited to using 1GB of memory, so nothing to worry about there.
comment VMware + SQL Server - sqlserver.exe not using both CPU cores
The problem is definitely the Express edition. As of SQL Server 2008 R2, Express may only use 1 CPU, 1GB of memory, and a database size of 10GB (4 GB for 2005 and 2008 express).
comment VMWare Workstation Dev Machine Disks: one fast or four echofriendly raid?
In some respects, I agree with you James. However, I'd also consider using a separate disk for each VM or 2, rather than RAID'ing the set of them together. You lose the fault tolerance, but a thrashing issue on one VM won't bring all of them to a halt. Maybe 4 WD 640GB Black drives?
comment Are .NET versions backwards compatible?
@Michael - Still haven't found definitive info, but it appears you're right. My bad.
comment how to clear sql server database transaction log file
@pencilslate - Yes, you will need to use the DBCC SHRINKFILE command before any disk space is returned. This is by design, so that the size of the log file can remain relatively static (particularly when using a full recovery model), and reduce the I/O caused by the log file.
comment Reporting Services authentication
Silly question: Are you on a domain, or are the computers all in a workgroup?
comment iSCSI SAN Solution for Backup
Tapes are going off site. Nice try though.
comment Issue slipstreaming MOSS with SP2 for Windows Server R2
I used the installer package at…, using the version that included SP1. I ran the installer with the /extract:<folder> command. I then ran SP2 and the October cumulative updates with /extract commands, extracting them directly to the /Updates folder. Finally deleted the Wsssetup.dll files from the /Updates folder. I then copied the whole folder into my testing virtual machine and ran it. No conversion back to an ISO and mounting necessary.
comment Installing SharePoint to Root or Child domain
Thanks Igal. That's what I figured, but I haven't been able to find any documentation about it one way or another.