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I'm an Oracle certified Database Administrator

I've worked extensively with both Oracle and Postgres, in various roles from DBA to developer. I have a basic working experience with SQL Server and MySQL.

I'm happy to consider offers of part-time or short-term work either in the London/M4 area or working remotely.

You can view my CV online


Sep
8
comment Can I have a password that only works for Exchange (not the domain)?
Yes I have an RDSUsers group - currently only one user is in it, though there will be a handful more. Thanks for confirming BES Express will work for me, that is the way I'm going to go.
Sep
7
comment Can I have a password that only works for Exchange (not the domain)?
Don't know why I didn't think of BES - would the Express version not suffice?
Sep
7
comment Can I have a password that only works for Exchange (not the domain)?
This is a followup to this question.
Jun
14
comment Disable a service from starting at all runlevels?
+1 This is such a helpful answer - and if I hadn't happened upon it I would have been stung later on - thanks!
May
21
comment Backing up qcow2 kvm guests
let us continue this discussion in chat
May
21
comment Backing up qcow2 kvm guests
"crash-consistent" just means "as consistent as you would expect in a crash" iiuc - ie relying on journals etc and accepting some data loss due to lack of timely fsync. "there is a good reason live snapshots in all virt platforms include quiescing/thawing in the guest agents" as I understand, the good reason is exactly the same as taking an LVM snapshot - do you know different? KVM doesn't seem to fsync before quiesce any more than an LVM snapshot would? Of course, if you are not using LVM for snapshotting, you'd be foolish not to quiesce - but that is different and not what you are saying.
May
21
comment Backing up qcow2 kvm guests
thinking about this some more, quiescing the domain does not add anything - either way the snapshot is 'crash-consistent', nothing more, nothing less, am I right?
May
21
comment Backing up qcow2 kvm guests
no more so than you would if you pulled the power cord though?
Mar
27
comment HP Proliant Servers DL380 G3
is this for HA, or do you just need to connect to the database from both servers?
Mar
27
comment Terminal Server Freezing
I'm trialling ThreadMaster, it looks like it might be just what I'm after, thanks.
Mar
26
comment Terminal Server Freezing
@mfinni I've got myself confused here - it is quad-core Xeon X3210, with 3 cores available to the VM. Still I'd call it 'very low-end' myself and I'm looking forward to replacing it :-)
Mar
26
comment Terminal Server Freezing
@Miles very good point, I'll look into that and issues like compacting, expunging etc, thanks
Mar
26
comment Terminal Server Freezing
@mfinni I trust the hardware about as far as I could throw it - particularly the UPS. The RAID is software-only so no battery-backed cache (the TS is virtualized on top of Linux/KVM).
Mar
26
comment Terminal Server Freezing
@Miles I've swapped AVG for Microsoft FEP already (disabling the GUI for non-admin users) and that improved things a certain amount. Thunderbird (3.1) seems to be the worst culprit but I'm loath to try a newer version in case it makes things worse.
Mar
26
comment Terminal Server Freezing
good point - though the active sessions can be as low as the dozen mark when the freezes occur, or as high as 30
Jan
25
comment What is the best way of restricting user profile size in a Terminal Server environment?
Thanks - already +1 from me :-)
Jan
25
comment What is the best way of restricting user profile size in a Terminal Server environment?
@Evan thanks, interesting stuff.
Jan
25
comment What is the best way of restricting user profile size in a Terminal Server environment?
@Greg can you provide a link for how to re-define where the profiles are stored?
Jan
25
comment What is the best way of restricting user profile size in a Terminal Server environment?
@Evan that is very interesting - presumably I could redirect to a drive other than the system drive then? Can I use GPO to leave the Administrator profile on C: and redirect the rest to D:? With roaming profiles can you redirect the entire folder (ie not just the "My Documents" folder or whatever?)
Jan
25
comment What is the best way of restricting user profile size in a Terminal Server environment?
I'm not sure I understand using Roaming Profiles in the context of Terminal Server - does it make a difference that we are talking about a pure TS environment?