Posts Categorized: Technical Blog

Where’s Everyone Gone?

Now that our new web-site is live I’d like to do the first blog post on it!

You shouldn’t be surprised if you notice that it’s difficult to locate your DBAs in the first week of December (i.e. in just two weeks from now)! And you know why? Because you need to be looking in the right place to find them.

Video: Building a MySQL Slave and Keeping it in Sync

Last night at the Boston MySQL User Group I presented on how to get a consistent snapshot to build a slave, use mk-table-checksum to check for differences between masters and slaves on an ongoing basis, and how to use tools such as mk-table-sync and mysqldump to sync the data if there are any discrepancies. The links to the slides and video are here.

You CAN execute DTS packages from SQL Server 2005 64-bit

I’d read that DTS packages could be stored on SQL Server 2005 64-bit, but not executed on this server. Workarounds I’ve seen range from creating SSIS packages with Execute DTS tasks, migrations to SSIS using the wizard or third party tools, and running the DTS Packages from a 32-bit server against the 64-bit target. Recently (and much to my embarrassment after making that statement), a colleague demonstrated that this is not correct.

Installing SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services 32-bit on a Windows Server 2003 64-bit

To be able to install ASP.NET 32-bit on a 64-bit IIS, you need to configure IIS to run 32-bit web applications. With Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, IIS can be enabled to run 32-bit applications on a 64-bit Windows using the Windows32-On-Windows64(WoW64) compatibility layer. This makes it possible to run ASP.NET 32-bit and other 32-bit web applications as well as allow creation of 32-bit worker processes. Here’s how to complete the install.

Backups in SQL Server 2005/2008, Part 1: The Basics

This is the first post in a series dedicated to exploring the backup and availability options in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. It is aimed at anyone unfamiliar with the database backup options in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. I’m not going to explore every single option or scenario, the goal is to give you the language and the tools to do deep dives where you need to.

sar-sql: The Script Formerly Known as MySAR

The title of the Launchpad page already reflects the change. What remains to be done is: a) change the name of the Perl script and documentation; and b) change the Launchpad URL. It is likely that I will change the name of the script when I release version 1.x (see below). I’m not sure of all the implications in Bazaar regarding the URL change, so that task will have to wait for now. Now a little more info on the status of the project.

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