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Semi retired old time computer nerd who started programming on a Commodore Pet.

Since I'm also active in the Physics forum I should add that I started as a theoretical chemist, moved into solid state photochemistry and finally worked in industry as a colloid scientist. I only became a full time computer nerd in 1997.


Jun
10
comment After patches, installing item that reads from OS CD.. Service Packs re-apply?
Yes, the Windows update will reapply any hotfixes needed. The $hf_mig$ directory in C:\Windows plays the same role for hotfixes as ServicePackFiles does for service packs.
Jun
10
comment SQL Server 2008 faster in Windows XP than in Windows 2003 Server R2
I see you've resolved the problem, but in case anyone else is reading these comments, if the disk queue goes to the top of the graph you need to change the scale. The default has the top of the graph at a queue length of 1.0 and SQL Server will usually exceed this.
Jun
9
answered Stopping too long filenames in Windows Server 2003
Jun
9
answered SQL Server 2008 faster in Windows XP than in Windows 2003 Server R2
Jun
9
answered How to securely enable file sharing over PPTP on Windows 2008 Server
Jun
9
answered How much latency does raid 5 add to transfers?
Jun
9
comment [updated]Basic business network problem, what should i do?
I know what the prices are in the North West of England, but no idea what they are anywhere else! I would guess the entry level option would be a few hundred pounds as a retainer then you'd pay by the hour when they actually do work. That's the way we work, though for your few hundred pounds we also remotely monitor the server, backups etc.
Jun
9
answered After patches, installing item that reads from OS CD.. Service Packs re-apply?
Jun
9
answered [updated]Basic business network problem, what should i do?
Jun
8
comment Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services
>perfmon now supports limits other than 100 Hmmm, W2k3 perfmon supports this. Are you sure XP doesn't (I don't have an XP handy to check)? Just right click, go to the Graph tab and change the graph maximum.
Jun
7
comment Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services
Hmmm, possibly an authentication problem? If you do a net use \\target\ipc$ before opening the .msc does that make any difference?
Jun
7
answered How do you ensure user files and settings are backed up?
Jun
7
answered Boot image to inspect NTFS volumes
Jun
7
answered Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services
Jun
5
answered how to calculcate MTU in L2 VPNs?
Jun
4
answered SQL 2005 Password Recovery
Jun
4
comment Split access on a Windows Server?
You can use the 2910 in failover mode rather than load balancing, i.e. have only WAN1 active and bring up WAN2 only if WAN1 has a link failure. However if you use the router this way you can't handle incoming connections on both WAN ports because obviously only one WAN port is active at a time.
Jun
4
comment Split access on a Windows Server?
Good news first: the 2910 does accept incoming connections on both ports and our 2910s at least don't lock up and need rebooting. It also copes fine with failure of either WAN1 or WAN2 and uses whichever port is working. Bad news: if you have a policy to force e.g. connections to port 80 via WAN2 then if WAN2 fails it will not dynamically modify the policy to use WAN1 instead. You would have to manually disable or change the policy.
Jun
3
answered Best practices to block social sites
Jun
3
answered How to customize a Windows boot CD