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November 6, 2012  10:00 AM

PowerShell Plus is now FREE



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

That is right, PowerShell Plus from Idera is now available for free. This is the IDE that I use everyday and that I would give out during my PowerShell presentations. Idera is now just giving this awesome tool away. Now I will have to try and find some other cool thing to give away during my...

November 5, 2012  2:28 PM

Demo Domain Build



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

As I talked about last time I am building a domain in order to do some testing with Delphix. Last night I completed the following.

  1. Installed Server 2012 GUI edition.
  2. Installed Server 2012 Core edition.
  3. Configured a machine to be my Delphix server.
  4. Set up...


November 5, 2012  2:39 AM

Building Delphix Test and Demo rig



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

I am hoping to be able to do some presentations about delphix in the near future. I am currently building a test rig in order to accomplish this. I do not have the best laptop in the world but I think I will be able to make this work. Here is what I am doing. I will use VirtualBox to spin up a...


October 31, 2012  10:00 PM

Have a happy and safe Halloween



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

Today is Halloween and I just want to say I hope you have fun and be safe. This is the first Halloween for my kid and I can not wait to see him all dressed up in his Sock Monkey costume. I think that I will just stay at home this year and hand out candy with my wife and my boy. He is only 10 months...


October 31, 2012  8:49 PM

Pay TV



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

For a few years I went without paying for cable or satellite television. It cost me some money up front, but I was able to save about 2500 dollars after all my expenses based on a 100 dollar per month cable bill and the amount of time that I was not paying. Recently, I have connected again....


October 31, 2012  8:30 PM

Another Delphix Bug



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

To use Delphix for SQL Server, you must use ISCSI disk. This is not really an issue, but Delphix does not automatically set ISCSI up to automount as I think that it should. So the other day, I had to reboot my PPT server, that is the one with the databases in a recovering state and always applying...


October 29, 2012  5:00 PM

Use Cases for Delphix



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

The other day I talked about Delphix. I think this is a great product and I have talked about how it can save you, the DBA time and money.  You want to save time...


October 29, 2012  3:37 PM

Flexible Job



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

Since I am getting old, lat night I was thinking back to my youth and how I thought that working at McDonalds was great. Or any place really. I just thought that having a job to go to every day was great, and do not get me wrong, it is. Any job is a good job and I do not put myself above doign...


October 26, 2012  8:25 PM

What is Delphix for SQL Server?



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

Delphix, simply put is a database virtualization tool. That is what it does and you may ask why is that meaningful and why would I ever want to use something like this. I have many answers to that question and I am sure that others have many...


October 24, 2012  9:45 PM

Database Virtualization



Posted by: Colin Smith
Database

Now that the vendor of the software that I have been Beta testing has gone public for SQL Server support, I do not feel that I have to hide who they are. Delphix is the vendor of the virtualization platform. Go check them out. They are doing some really cool things...


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