As you can see the WiFi card found the WiFi network there was just no TCP information coming down from it.
What I was able to figure out is that there’s some TCP/IP setting which isn’t being saved correctly (or at some times is being wiped out from the registry for some unknown reason). To fix the problem in the Network Connections window (shown above) double click on of the network icons (I used the WiFi one). To verify the problem is the same you should see no bytes being passed at all.
If you click details the box which would normally have all sorts of useful information will be blank.
Close the Network Connection Details and on the Network Status (WiFi Status in my picture above) click the “Properties” button.
In the list in the middle scroll down until you find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”. Select this and click the properties button. This will show you a window similar to the following.
If you have values specified in this screen that are different from my settings shown in the screenshot DO NOT CHANGE THEM! If you change these settings without knowing what you are doing you won’t be able to get online and only the person who setup your network will be able to help you fix the problem!
Now click the “OK” button on this screen (without changing anything), and click the “Close” button on the prior screen.
You will notice that under the Activity section the numbers are no longer 0, which means that data is flowing through the network card to the rest of the network (and in my case to the Internet as well). If you click the “Details” button you’ll see you now have an IP address and everything is happy again.
If you look at the output from ipconfig again we’ll see that the network adapter is now listed and is receiving IP address information.
If you do end up running into this problem yourself, remember these steps as you’ll probably have to do this pretty regularly.
Thankfully Windows Live Mesh also installed without a problem and was able to sync up the My Documents folder to my desktop and other laptop so everything showed up on the laptop just as I expected it to be.
The lack of the classic start menu is a little annoying. You can however hit <Windows>+W to get something pretty similar up on the screen. I’ve only had an hour or so to play with Windows 8 so far, so I haven’t done a whole lot with it yet. Task manager is pretty cool looking with a lot of additional information being included.
Now so far I pretty much hate the “Start Menu”. Everything is sitting there with no folders. Needless to say this isn’t exactly efficient with a bunch of applications installed.
I like the changes to the Windows explorer with the ribbon. I think I actually like it better than the old drop down menus. One great new feature is that Windows 8 can, without any 3rd party software, mount ISO images to make it easier to install downloaded software. Is makes life much easier when installing all the various Microsoft software that one uses to work, as Microsoft distributes most everything on MSDN and TechNet as ISO files these days.
So by default (if Windows found a network when installing) the Windows accounts are tied to your Windows live account (if you don’t have a live account it’ll either prompt you for one or make the accounts local accounts like they used to be). This allows you to sync your settings between your Windows 8 computers. Once I’ve got several Windows 8 machines this will probably be handy. Until then this feature doesn’t really do anything for me.
As I use it more I’ll post another update.
There’s an Apps button on that menu, which when pressed will give you the pretty classic looking Start Menu.
I’m sure that I’ll be using this feature pretty often as most apps don’t have a Metro icon.
I think that its a great site, and I’m thrilled that Jeff trusts enough in me to put me into this position on the site.
The site is still in public beta. If you’d like to join the beta you’ll need to use the password “alt.sysadmin.recovery” to get into the site.
While jumping around the net looking to see who else was talking about this (and several people are) I found this Connect bug about it. The notes from Eric @ Microsoft are that if the vote count shows that enough people want this fixed they’ll see what they can do. The comments in the Connect bug indicate that pretty much everyone wants it back, even if it’s not perfect.
The only other person I really see complaining about the lack of downlevel support is Aaron Bertrand.
Be sure to vote on the connect bug and leave a comment here or there so that the developers get the idea that we want it back.
The official fix from Microsoft is to install the older CTP version that you edited the scripts in on another machine and open the un-updated version of the SSIS package on that machine, and copy the code for the scripts into the RC0 version of the SSIS package.
The only object which I’ve had to do this on was a .NET Script Task. I had this problem when going from CTP 5 to CTP 6 as well as from CTP 5 to RC0. This will not effect migrating from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 as SQL 2005 and SQL 2008 CTP 5 do not use the same scripting engine in the back end.
As promised here are the slide decks and sample T/SQL code from the four sessions. Everything is within a single ZIP file. I’ve included two copies of each slide deck. One in the Office 2007 format, and one in the Office 97-2003 format. They are identical to each other, but I wanted to include both so that people with the older version of Microsoft Office can see the deck without having to download and install the patch which allows Office 2003 to view Office 2007 files.
The sample scripts which I’ve included are all run against the AdventureWorks database or the AdventureWorksDW database (check the USE commands at the top of the scripts). If they need a different database they will create the new database.
Session 1 – SQL Server Query Tuning (SQL 2000+)
Session 2 – SQL Server 2008 Resource Governor (SQL 2008 CTP5+ only)
Session 3 - SQL Server Service Broker in the Real World (SQL 2005+) (I’ve fixed the problem with the single server script that we were having at the Code Camp. Turns out I had left the route in place which is why the message never showed up. The first script didn’t run correctly because I had run the server to server script on my virtual machine and the route was left by accident.)
Session 4 – SQL Server 2008 What’s on the Horizon (SQL 2008 CTP5+)
If you have any questions about these slide decks or sample code feel free to post a comment here, or drop me an email.
Next you get the Instance root directory. This is where the system database files will be based off of, so make sure that you don’t point this to the C drive is you want the system databases on another drive.
A couple of screens later you get to set 6 install paths. The first is the data root directory. This changes the base path for all the others options. The others are the User database folder, user log database folder, tempdb data folder, tempdb log folder, and the backup directory.
This amount of flexability in the installer is a first, and it’s a welcome change. Look for more posts, tips and articles about SQL Server 2008 in the comming weeks and months up till the release.
Microsoft has just posted the URL to download the new CTP. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3BF4C5CA-B905-4EBC-8901-1D4C1D1DA884&displaylang=en]]>