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Nathan Courtine

Configurer les “Bonnes Pratiques” de Windows Server avec PowerShell

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

PowerShell est un outil en ligne de commande dorénavant intégré à tous les environnements Windows. Cet outil est extrêmement puissant, et avec le vent en poupe, puisqu’il permet de simplifier l’exécution et l’automatisation des tâches de configuration et d’administration. Dans mon travail d’Administrateur de bases de données, j’effectue de nombreux Audits d’environnements afin de vérifier, par exemple, si les bonnes pratiques sont bien appliquées. C’est pourquoi j’ai été très vite confronté à PowerShell, afin de…

 
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Stéphane Savorgnano

Windows Server 2016: Containers

By | Operation systems, Technology Survey | No Comments

One of the new feature which will come with Windows Server 2016 is the Containers. Microsoft made available its fourth technical preview of his Windows Server 2016 platform  some days ago. This new Technical Preview brings with it and for the first time Hyper-V Containers as the Technical Preview three came with the first release of Windows Server Containers. I will discuss about the difference of those two types of Container later in this blog….

 
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Stéphane Savorgnano

Windows Server Next, AKA Windows Server 2016!

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The first technical preview of the future version of Windows Server was, since last October, available (here) and a second one with more new features should be available in May. The final version which should be normally released in 2015 has been recently postponed to 2016. It will be the first time that the client and server releases will be decoupled. This new version of Windows Server will include: new and changed functionalities for Hyper-V…

 
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Stéphane Haby

SQL Server – Change Management: list all updates

By | Database management | One Comment

I am looking to have all SQL Server updates on a server including Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and other fixes like we can see in the uninstall panel from Windows. I take the opportunity of this blog to remind you in a little introduction the different types of patches for SQL Server: Service Pack Service Pack, known as SP is big set of Hotfixes. The particularity is that the regression is fully tested and sometimes…

 
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Grégory Steulet

FIO (Flexible I/O) – a benchmark tool for any operating system

By | Operation systems | No Comments

I have just attended an interesting session held by Martin Nash (@mpnsh) at UKOUG 14 – Liverpool: “The least an Oracle DBA Should Know about Linux Administration” . During this session I had the opportunity to discover some interesting commands and tools such as FIO (Flexible I/O). FIO is a workload generator that can be used both for benchmark and stress/hardware verification. FIO has support for 19 different types of I/O engines (sync, mmap, libaio, posixaio,…

 
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Stéphane Savorgnano

Windows Server 2012 R2: solving .NET Framework 3.5 installation problems

By | Operation systems | 22 Comments

I faced a problem at a customer site last week when I tried to install the .NET Framework 3.5 – a prerequisite for installing SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 R2. I opened the Server Manager and then navigated to the Manage, Add Roles and Features section: I selected the .NET Framework 3.5 Features option: I specified an alternate source path: … and surprise! Even though an ISO of Windows Server 2012 R2…

 
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Stéphane Haby

SQL Server Perfmon does not start automatically

By | Application integration & Middleware | No Comments

I have recently used perfmon (performance monitor) at a customer site. I created a Data Collector Set to monitor CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network during one day. Then, I ran the monitor and I received a “beautiful” error message… What happened? Ok, to be sure that it was not a rights or a setting problem in my Data Collector Set, I tried with a System Data Collector Set and got the same error. I read…

 
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Stéphane Savorgnano

Microsoft TechEd Madrid: Windows Server 2012 R2, High Availability, SQL Server Data Tools

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Let’s talk about my third day at TechEd 2013. I started with a session about: Windows Server 2012 R2 and High Availability The goal of High Availability is to deal with possible points of failure in your infrastructure. There are multiple ways to manage HA on the market: Server Server redundancy deployments Run server inside a clustered VM Backup Monitor via a SCOM Management Pack Database SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Mirroring, Replication, Backup Run SQL…

 
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Stéphane Savorgnano

Windows Server 2012 R2: soon available

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During North America TechEd, Microsoft released some details on the upcoming release of Windows Server. This new version is called Windows Server 2012 R2 and will be at the heart of the Microsoft Cloud OS. Windows Server 2012 R2 is currently in preview and will be soon available for evaluation purposes. Register to be notified when the new product evaluation will be available. Apparently two versions will be available: Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server…

 
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Stéphane Haby

SQL Server 2014: the next version

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At TechEd North America 2013, Microsoft introduced a lot of new versions: Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2013 and, and, and… SQL Server 2014, of course!8-O You think I’m crazy or it’s a joke!;-) No, No, it’s for real. You can see the first page about SQL Server 2014 on Microsoft site here: You can register to be part of the first testers having an evaluation version. An…

 
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