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

Windows Server 2003


May 28, 2009  5:45 AM

Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini



Posted by: Nathan Simon
dfsutil, event id 1058, nt authority\system, usernv, Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini, Windows Server 2003

You get the Event Log Error.... Event Type:              Error Event Source:           Userenv Event Category:        None Event ID:  1058 Date:                        5/27/2009 Time:                       ...

April 14, 2009  12:02 AM

Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor and Data Collector Sets



Posted by: Nathan Simon
32-bit, 64-bit, Data Collector Sets, performance, Performance Advisor, performance logging, performance monitoring, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, x64

As I am sure some people know about this installable gem, I am also sure that not everyone does. Its called "Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor" Here is an insert from Microsoft's website... "Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor is the latest version of


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...


January 5, 2009  1:06 AM

IBM ServeRaid



Posted by: Nathan Simon
backup to disk, dumplog, ibm, ServeRaid, ServeRaid Manager, tape backup, Windows Server 2003, xSeries

Here's an interesting issue that I came across. I have a few clients who are still using IBM Servers, the server referred to here is an x226 Server and a ServeRaid 7 controller. The client said that he would come in to work in the morning to check the backups and he would have to put in a reason...


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