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Jul
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comment How to convert an sql server 2008 r2 database to just 2008
How'd you go @Mr Bell?
Jul
26
comment Windows Server 2008 R2/IIS 7 refuses all outside tcp connections
Finally, are there any Filtering Platform alerts in the security event log?
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comment Windows Server 2008 R2/IIS 7 refuses all outside tcp connections
When you say you can connect to Shared Folders on the machine using Windows Explorer, is that using \\<hostname>, \\<hostname>.<domain>.<tld> or \\<ip address>? Do all of the listed methods work? Also, have you verified that its gateway, DNS and any VLAN configuration is all in line? Also, do the DNS/Active Directory servers get a DNS registration (or WINS registration) from the machine and if so, when you run arp -a to display the ARP table (on one of the DCs), can you see the MAC address of the server and does it match what it should be? Can you Remote Desktop to the machine?
Jul
26
revised Windows Filtering Platform blocking packets from workstations on a Domain Controller
added another fault found in the eventlogs on the same server
Jul
26
comment Windows Filtering Platform not turning off until admin logon. Win2008R2sp1
Just to be sure, the GPO is a Computer Policy applied to a computer object - right? Otherwise by the sounds of it, requiring a Domain Administrator to logon before it kicks over could be because the GPO is only applied to the user object, hence the domain admin logging on and it all suddenly working...
Jul
26
revised Windows Filtering Platform blocking packets from workstations on a Domain Controller
Made the point of the post clearer and gave a little more background
Jul
25
comment Windows Filtering Platform blocking packets from workstations on a Domain Controller
Im glad you share my confusion. DNS on both our DNS/AD servers are listening on high numbered ports, but why computers are attempting to broadcast to it is beyond me...
Jul
25
comment Can the 'Security type' of a wireless network prevent a connection to SQL Server 2008?
Further to @Tremmors' post, is there wired Ethernet that you can connect your laptop to in order to rule out the WiFi as being problematic? You may find that the Internet firewall isn't configured as they say it is.
Jul
25
comment How to use AD-integrated DNS to serve records for two unrelated domains
@Paul: a secondary domain is for traditional DNS systems where you want a DNS server to pull the domain zone information from another server which is designated the 'primary' or 'authoritative' server.
Jul
25
comment Windows Server 2008 R2/IIS 7 refuses all outside tcp connections
Do you have any antivirus software on the server or across your network? It may have a built-in firewall that is blocking HTTP inbound (or outbound)
Jul
25
comment DMZ subnet: to NAT or not to NAT?
As someone who has to deal with only having two real-world IP addresses and two NAT devices in between published servers and the real world I have a disposition against NAT. Could you not use a DHCP server in the DMZ with reservations to assign the IP addresses to the machines thereby eliminating any concerns about future changes? Also, I'm thoroughly interested in the IPv6 world where NAT will be a thing of the past...
Jul
25
comment Advantages/Disadvantages for using a single volume / drive letter for Windows Server installs
When you're dealing with virtualised machines the underlying disk subsystem is pretty wishy washy anyway, so knowing where the actual sectors containing your virtual hard drive are can be almost impossible since the location of the data is up to the mercy of the storage backend's filesystem. So I'm not sure there's a lot you can do about head movement in the case of virtualisation. Except: keep your spindle count high and your contention low.
Jul
25
answered Advantages/Disadvantages for using a single volume / drive letter for Windows Server installs
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comment How to convert an sql server 2008 r2 database to just 2008
See my edits/links above :) - when using the Generate Scripts method, note that there is a "Script for Database Version", make sure to select SQL Server 2008 in that.
Jul
24
revised How to convert an sql server 2008 r2 database to just 2008
Added links to how to dump to SQL
Jul
24
comment Should I consider shrinking or truncating a big LDF file?
A full database backup truncates the TRN logs for you. After than you can definitely do a SHRINK on the LDF files (first check in the database properties how much free space there is to ensure the backup did indeed truncate properly). If you don't care about backup, you could also change the database mode to simple, which removes TRN logs from the equation completely.