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QuickHitter 04 : SQLCat.com whitepapers all in one place

Who knows how long the resource will be out there, but sure makes it easy to go find a whitepaper on a topic when they are all in one place.

Hit up the consolidated index of whitepapers for more info.

It was one of the only places I could find a working link to one of the whitepapers.

Comments { 0 } Posted on October 16, 2013 in SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

QuickHitter 03 : Put some Windows updates in my basket

Maybe this is just news to me, but I didn’t know this resource was out there. In comparing the updates between two nodes on a cluster, I found out about the “Microsoft Update Catalog” where you can add updates to your basket and download them all at once. I also found the cluster validation wizard lists the same updates as missing.

Not sure if this will be beneficial in all cases, but when trying to match up servers with updates it might help someone. Don’t forget that updates can be superseded and try to trust your WSUS server.

Comments { 0 } Posted on May 9, 2013 in SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

QuickHitter 02 : Indexing Powershell Scripts

It was until I recently had a pc failure that I remembered what it felt like not to be able to have windows search inside powershell files. By default, the indexing options are set to only index the “File Properties” but not the “File Contents”. There may be other cases where this is beneficial to you, but this one was the biggest for me. For me, it was a simple fix:

Start -> type index in white box, select Indexing Options.
Select Advanced, File Types tab.
Find ps1 and change it to “Index Properties and File Contents”, click OK and move along.

Caution: You will see the notice that you are about to be grab a cup (few pots on my system) while the index rebuilds so do this when you have some time.

You could also follow the instructions on the bottom of this technet wiki for a more granular approach.

Have you found any other files that would benefit from this? It’s been so long since I explored this and I’d love to hear other thoughts.

Comments { 1 } Posted on January 30, 2013 in PowerShell, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Getting it done with Doit.im and GTD

Nice GTD App

If you like GTD, check this one out

I can’t think of many products that incorporate a period in the name of their product, but Doit.im isn’t like any other product I’ve seen. I believe that I’ve finally found a tool that works for me on all levels of GTD (Getting Things Done). There are multiple clients so that regardless of where you are capturing data you should be covered. I stumbled across this software in the form of an Adobe Air application while looking for something else for project management. Turns out, this product met a bigger need than what I had been looking for. It offers clients for the iPhone, iPad, and Android so you’ll have your mobile device covered if you are using a non-Microsoft format. There’s also a download for Windows, but I tend to prefer the web client. The web interface offers an old version and a beta version, and I tend to gravitate towards the old version a bit more. The best part of all of this is that the software is free. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way since it’s a pretty slick tool in my mind and way better than some of the other implementations of GTD that cost money. It’s all in the cloud as well, so your data is accessible from multiple places. They are located in China, so you might want to check out the privacy and terms so that you feel comfortable. I would advise to always be careful what info you put out there with new software.

Drop by their site and give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. You can read more about them on their website. Check out the API and see what you can do with it.

Doit.im FAQ Center
Doit.im Dev Center (API info)

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 29, 2011 in General, GTD, Tech, Windows

Why do I have two profiles in Windows?

I hadn’t noticed this until today, but someone asked me why some computers had a profile for user01 and a profile for user01.domain. This got me to scratching my head because it seemed to be a good question for me and I usually dig until I find the answer out. This one wasn’t too hard to come up with, but it’s something that I hadn’t heard verbatim before. If there is already a profile folder with the same name as the user that you are logging on with, it will create the folder as user01.ComputerName or user01.DomainName. I’m still looking for how it decides that or what order it comes in, but that’s enough info to at least know what is happening.

Here’s a quote from wikipedia on user profile creation (windows xp but still seems applicable:
“At first logon, a folder will typically be created under “Documents and Settings” (standard folder on English version of Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003) matching the logon name of the user. Should a folder of that name already exist, the profile-creation process will create a new one, typically named username.computername, on workgroup computers, or username.domainname on Active Directory member computers.”

Other Resources:
Fix a corrupt user profile in Windows 7

Update: Just found out a little more info about the possible order. If anyone has different experiences please post it in the comments.
Dave Patrick suggests the following order:
“On a newly-joined-to-the-domain PC if you logon to the pc first, then to the
domain you would end up with two profiles.
%username%
and
%username%.%userdomain%
Else if you logon to the domain first, then to the pc you would end up with
%username%
and
%username%.%computername%”

Comments { 0 } Posted on April 25, 2011 in Active Directory, Networking, Windows, Windows 7