Install a new machine today. Install R2. Run Windows/Microsoft Update. Notice that the list is very short. Internet Explorer 7 Service Pack 2 Malicious Software Update Tool Dang, that is a serious move. If you want the DST patch, you will have to install SP2 on a new machine. Since all post SP1 patches are in SP2, they have been pulled. Bold move!
Don’t panic, but you do have a problem. You look under Services and the Cluster service is running on the nodes. Open Cluster Administrator from one of the nodes, but don’t use the name of the cluster, the node name or an IP address, use a period (.). This will open it using a Local Procedure Call (LPC) and not a Remote Procedure Call (RPC). See Cluster Administrator Switches for Connecting to a Cluster for complete switch details. Now with Cluster Administrator open, expand the Cluster group and attempt to start any failed resources. Whatever keeps failing should give a … Continue reading Your Cluster won’t start and you can’t get into Cluster Administrator
By now you are aware that SP2 is out for Windows Server 2003 and R2. I have already seen quite a few posts in the public newsgroups where people are not aware of a few things. The Good It is a really good idea to backup your system before you attempt any major update or service pack. Remember your backup is only as good as your restore. Or as Geoff N. Hiten SQL MVP and SQL God says “Until you test a backup by restoring, you don’t have recovery plan, you have a recovery hope.” Another good idea, read the … Continue reading Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 – the good, the bad, and the ugly
Microsoft has handpicked 50 IT Professionals from across the United States. These lucky individuals will get to sit down with Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and his crew to talk about Microsoft. I was lucky enough to be chosen for this opportunity. Here is what the invitation said: Microsoft would like to cordially invite you to attend an exclusive, one-day event on Wednesday, April 18th 2007, with Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, and other Microsoft executives at the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. You have been identified as one of the influential leaders in the IT Professional … Continue reading IT Pro Townhall with Steve Ballmer
The 2007 MVP Summit in Redmond/Seattle was awesome. Lots of great content. Here is what I learned: 1) SQL 2005 can cluster with Standard Edition (ok I knew that). What I learned was that you can have multiple SQL instances (that run on 2 nodes only) within any size cluster. So, if you have a 4 node cluster you can run 2-3 instances with multiple copies of SQL 2005 Standard Edition. Cool! Think of the savings. 2) Exchange 2007 Clustering is way cool and different, but in a good way. 3) Windows Server 2003 can support GPT – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919117 – and volumes larger … Continue reading What I learned at the MVP Summit last week – and I can tell you about!
I was chosen again this year to speak at Tech Ed 2007 – http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2007/default.mspx Here is the abstract: Be the very first to learn about Windows Server codename “Longhorn” Failover Clustering. Are you using Windows Server 2003 Clustering? Are you following best practices? In this session we explore Windows Server codename “Longhorn” Failover Clustering by comparing it to Windows Server 2003 Clustering based on current best practices. The session begins with hardware configuration issues, concerns, and best practices—then and now. Next, we explore operating system configuration issues, concerns, and best practices. Then, we move on to the cluster service, and finally … Continue reading My Tech Ed 2007 Session – Top 10 Microsoft Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices
As you might know Exchange 2007 only works on 64-bit for Production systems. This might require you to purchase new hardware, but what about before you deploy, like when you want to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2007? In this post I will explain what we had to go through to get it working. We have 64-bit machines in our environment, but none loaded for Exchange. All DC’s were 32-bit. First download or order the eval 32-bit Exchange Server 2007 DVD – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/exchange/default.mspx, don’t worry it’s free. Or download it directly at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=444C259E-605F-4A82-96D5-A2F448C9D4FF&displaylang=en Exchange Server 2007 Schema … Continue reading How to install Exchange Server 2007 Schema Extensions within a 32-bit Active Directory environment
Last month Ben Curry tagged me and I thought it was a pretty cool idea, so here goes… 5 Things you don’t know about me. 1) I have one leg longer then the other by 1/4 inch. When I was a kid the doctors told me I would never play professional sports (and they were right). 2) I play Frisbee and Hockey left handed, all others sports I play right handed (if you can call my golf game a sport). 3) I just got an Xbox 360 Live (my tag is Enduroman) and I love it. I am addicted, what a … Continue reading I have been tagged…