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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.


Jul
14
comment Windows Server 2003 machine hanging on restart
I've added some notes above.
Jul
14
comment Small Business Server with Hyper-V role despite it not being supported?
I've no reason to suppose this wouldn't work perfectly. My only concern is that MS would refuse to support it. I suppose that while I can make SBS 2k3 sing and dance I don't feel as comfortable with 2k8 yet, so potential problems with MS support make me nervous. Give it 18 months (and another generation of servers!) and I'm sure we'll all be virtualising SBS quite routinely.
Jul
13
comment How many hours of use before I need to clean a tape drive?
I rely on the "clean me" LED, though if it had been a year I'd weaken and run a cleaning tape anyway :-)
Jul
13
comment How to revoke change password permission only for users in specific OU?
Strictly speaking that doesn't stop users changing their password, it just removes the option from the ctrl-alt-del dialog. I can't find any group policy setting that does the same as ticking the "User cannot change password" box in the user properties.
Jul
13
comment How many hours of use before I need to clean a tape drive?
Cleaning an LTO-3 drive once a month won't do any harm (apart of course from costing you money as it uses up the cleaning tape) but it shouldn't be necessary.
Jul
13
comment Why can't I drag/drop a file for editing in notepad in Windows Server 2008?
I certainly agree that the drag-drop problem seems odd. If I get time today I'll try it on our terminal server. Given that the elevated apps are sharing the same window station you ought to be able to drag drop between elevated and non-elevated.
Jul
13
comment Virtualization of Servers / Raid Configuration for a small business
MS officially don't support running Hyper-V on SBS 2008, and indeed there are some minor wrinkles. However Hyper-V does work on SBS, and in fact works very well. Modern servers are so powerful that arguably just running SBS is a waste of resources.
Jul
12
comment Reliability and Performance Monitor Data Collector Set : Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password
Have you got user access control turned on? If so that my be interfering. When UAC is on members of the local Administrators group (apart from Administrator itself) don't get full Administrator rights.
Jul
12
comment Hyper-V Server roles configuration
Clarification added: at least I hope it's clarification and not more obfuscation :-)
Jul
12
comment Why can't the IIS installer can't copy staxmem.dll despite it being in the folder specified?
So much for that idea :-( I wonder if the Web Platform Installer wants an old version of staxmem.dll.
Jul
11
comment SQL Server Instancing: Should I use multiple instances or databases?
Exactly. With 8GB you could have 4 instances and each could use up to 2GB at the same time. However any one instance could only use a maximum of 2GB, or 3GB with the boot.ini /3GB switch.
Jul
11
comment SQL Server Instancing: Should I use multiple instances or databases?
Duly updated, see above!
Jul
11
comment Problem (re)starting Apache as service in Xampp
See my edit above
Jul
11
comment Can't connect to default admin share on Windows 2008
I hadn't come across the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry setting. I'll have a play with this. In the mean time you can create your own shares at the root of C:, D: and whatever.
Jul
11
comment How are “locked” files handled by the system (i.e. WinXP)?
If you're using Explorer to copy the file from the camera it's possible Explorer is temporarily leaving a lock on the file. I wonder if just switching the focus away from Explorer causes the lock to be released.
Jul
11
comment What is PERC6i?
I don't know how the Perc6/i (and 5/i) compare to other contemporary SAS RAID controllers, but they are much faster than the U320 SCSI controllers in the previous generation Dells. They seem to be especially good at RAID5, and they also work very well with high end SATA disks like the Western Digital RE3 range. All in all they are a very good controller.
Jul
11
comment Hyper-V Server roles configuration
@Jim: when you bind a real NIC to a virtual network that real NIC does indeed have IP unbound, however in exchange the host sees a new synthetic NIC (on the new virtual network). It's this synthetic NIC that gets into DNS when you don't want it to. You can safely disable the synthetic NIC is the host doesn't need it.
Jul
10
comment Hyper-V Server roles configuration
@Chris: you don't need a separate NIC for each VM. Sorry if I gave that impression. The VMs use a virtual network that is bound to a physical NIC and the VMs would usually share that virtual network. MS recommend that you keep one NIC not bound to a virtual network, so you need only two NICs. You'd only need to add extra NICs if you wanted VMs to live in separate network segments, or I suppose if you wanted to team NICs for extra speed. Anyhow the 2950 has 3 PCIe slots if you did want to add extra network cards.
Jul
10
comment Hyper-V Server roles configuration
The free version, "Hyper-V Server", cannot be a DC or indeed much of anything else.
Jul
10
comment PCI Epress Ethernet Switch : what's the point?
@RainyRat: true, but it seems odd to use GHz cards in a router. How many WAN links have you seen that are even 100MHz let alone a Gig? You could be using routing on a LAN I suppose, though that seems an odd thing to do. If at all possible you'd use a switch.