The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

February, 2009

February 27, 2009  3:35 AM

Why you should backup the SQL Installation Folder

Posted by: Nathan Simon
master.mdb, procmon.exe, services.msc, SQL Serve Service access denied, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server Management Studio, SQL Server Service failed to start, SQL Server Service will not start, Windows Server, Windows Server 2003

I cannot and will not take credit for the following, but since my fellow senior engineer does not have a blog I figured I'd share this with everyone out there, because when searching for a solution, this one did not present itself. Scenario : SQL Server, slow performance, and erratic...

February 25, 2009  2:55 PM


Posted by: Nathan Simon
Hard drive space, portable app, Space audit, Windows Directory Statistics

Windows Directory Statistics is an app made freely available from Bernhard Seifert and Oliver Schneider. I use this program alot mainly after it became available on

February 25, 2009  3:14 AM

VMWare Virtual Center Goodness

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, LIC, License Server, LMTOOLS, Virtual Center, vmware

Well this isn't about how much fun you can have with VMWare Virtual Center, but on how somethings can be worked around and some things just need to be re-installed! :) Starts off with an couple ESX Servers and Virtual Center all running out of evaluation days... yes I know, procrastination on my...

February 22, 2009  10:23 PM

Dreamworks utilizes HP c-Class Blade Servers

Posted by: Nathan Simon
c-Class Blades, Dreamworks, HP ProLiant, supercomputer

HP announced that Paprikaas(a strategic partner of Dreamworks) chose HP ProLiant BL460c G5 servers to increase performance and establish an energy-efficiency standard in its data center. With its low-power module and the latest low-watt quad-core processor from Intel, the HP ProLiant BL460c is...

February 22, 2009  9:57 PM

ESX Upgrades

Posted by: Nathan Simon
direct remote access, DRAC, ESX 3.02 to 3.5 update, ESX Upgrade, HP ILO, Integrated Lights Out, iSCSI, virtual media applet

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that an ESX Update isn't as painful as one would think. Just yesterday I took control of one of my clients ESX Servers from home via ILO(Integrated Lights Out. HP's technology for Direct remote Access) and mounted the ESX 3.5 Update 3 ISO via...

February 18, 2009  5:10 AM

Windows Mobile 6.5 and Microsoft ‘My Phone’

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cloud, contacts, documents, email, Microsoft My Phone Beta, Mobile 6.5, music, My Phone, new synchronization service, Palm Pre, photos, skybox, skyline, skymarket, Text message, Windows Mobile

It's official, Windows Mobile 6.5 is out of rumor status... some things that are worth mentioning is that the main screen will have a honeycomb look to it, i.e. in the way the icons are lain out. Most screens have redesigned menus that will not need that dreaded stylus, IE Mobile will have a...

February 18, 2009  4:47 AM

Excel Printing out Duplicates

Posted by: Nathan Simon
book.xlt, excel issues, excel printing duplicates, excel safe mode, excel troubleshooting, HP, IT professional, Laserjet

 Well here’s a good one for you, and I hope that this helps someone if they run into the same issue. Two PC’s both have the same printer, and both have the exact same drivers. The printer was an HP LaserJet 1320. The issues was that Excel would print out duplicate copies of everything. Running...

February 12, 2009  3:09 AM

NetBooks What are they good for?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ACER, ASUS, dell, HP, IT professional, N270, N280, Netbook, Samsung, SSD, Windows XP, Z520, Z530

I’ve been following Netbooks closely, not too close, but close enough :) Jenny, yes our Jenny, asked me a couple notable questions. Answering that question will inform people that there are options out there to make the Netbook experience a joyful one. "I enjoyed your coverage on...

February 10, 2009  3:49 AM

Netbooks, Atom N280, and GN40 Chipset Info

Posted by: Nathan Simon
BestBuy, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, GN40, Intel, Intel Atom N280, Netbook, Windows XP Home

BestBuy is selling the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 for 299 CDN... not a bad price for the below specs...
  • Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • 8GB Solid State Drive
  • 8.9"...

February 6, 2009  9:24 PM

ESX 3.5, IDE, and Me

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, ESX 3.5, ESX and IDE, ide, NCQ, sata, upgrade path, vmfs

What the heck am I talking about you say? Well I decided to load ESX 3.5 on a workstation of mine. This is so I could do a test upgrade from 3.5 to 3.5 Patch 3, mainly because I want to make sure VMFS and the VMs are retained after upgrading to said patch level. So I commenced installing ESX 3.5...

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