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HowTo: Force a SQL Server Database Offline

I ran into a problem where I needed to restore a database from backup but was unable to take the database offline due to existing connections. The task would just stay there processing and after an hour, I had enough. I wanted to force the database to go offline regardless of any connections so I […]

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HowTo: Cisco Switching – How to create an Etherchannel LACP Port Group

Configure the Ether-channel Load Balancing Method. EtherChannel load balancing can use MAC dresses, IP addresses, or Layer 4 port numbers with a Policy Feature Card 2 (PFC2) and either source mode, destination mode, or both. The mode you select applies to all EtherChannels that you configure on the switch. Use the option that provides the […]

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HowTo: Configure EMC VNXe High Availability for NFS

EMC VNXe Failsafe Networking Overview All ports on the VNXe system are configured automatically with FSN. To use FSN, you have to make sure both storage processors are cabled in the same way. There is a primary port on one storage processor and the secondary port is on the other storage processor. If the primary […]

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News: Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/040814-microsoft-requires-migration-to-windows-280509.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_daily_pm_2014-04-08 “Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with updates released in May 2014,” said Michael Hildebrand of Microsoft in a Monday blog. Elsewhere, Microsoft pegged Windows 8.1 Update as “the new servicing baseline for Windows 8.1,” again emphasizing that customers who have moved […]

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News: Windows 8.1 Update is required for future Windows 8.1 patches

Windows 8.1 Update is required for future Windows 8.1 patches http://www.pcworld.com/article/2140803/windows-8-1-update-is-required-for-future-windows-8-1-patches.html A post on Microsoft’s Premier Field Engineering blog reveals that Windows 8.1 users won’t receive security patches or other future updates unless they install the new update available today http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/04/07/exploring-windows-8-1-update-start-screen-desktop-and-other-enhancements.aspx

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HowTo: Debian/Ubuntu – nslookup Not Found

You need to install the dnsutils package. The Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) implements an Internet domain name server. BIND is the most widely-used name server software on the Internet, and is supported by the Internet Software Consortium, www.isc.org. This package delivers various client programs related to DNS that are derived from the BIND source tree. dig – query the DNS […]

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HowTo: Prevent System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (SCCM) distribution packages from being stored on selected drives

Prevent SCCM 2012 R2 distribution packages from being stored on selected drives To prevent the distribution points content directory from being created and using the first drive install in the server i.e. C:\ drive, create a blank file named: no_sms_on_drive.sms and copy it to the drives you do not want to be used for SCCM […]

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HowTo: Enable the Status page for NGINX

Nginx has status page to give you information about Nginx’s server health including Active connections and other data. These statistics applied to the entire Nginx server and not per virtual host. nginx -V | grep –color -o http_stub_status Open Nginx.conf file to enable the status page. nano /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf Update the server { } block with […]

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HowTo: Accessing the ASP.NET Web Configuration Tool in Visual Studio 2013

Don’t run these commands as an CMD administrator. You will get an Invalid Application path. As many of you have noticed, the option to select “ASP.Net Web Configuration Manager” is no longer in Visual Studio 2013 Preview. This is due to the removal of the Visual Studio Development Server (or Cassini) from the product. However, […]

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HowTo: SCSM 2012 R2 – Delete All Incidents or a specific Incident

1. Download and install SMLets. http://smlets.codeplex.com 2. Open a Power Shell command line and type in the following: Import-Module smlets 3. Delete all Incidents. Get-SCSMObject –Class (Get-SCSMClass –Name System.WorkItem.Incident) | Remove–SCSMObject –Force If the above command does not work, use: Get-SCSMClassInstance -Class (Get-SCSMClass -Name System.WorkItem.Incident) | Remove-SCSMClassInstance 4. Delete a specific Incident Get-SCSMObject –Class (Get-SCSMClass […]

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