General

A catch all category for posts that are neither specific to a Microsoft technology which has its own dedicated category or posts that aren’t based on a Microsoft technology, as rare as those are.

Brent Ozar and the Free SQL Server Content

SQL Server is a great product however it’s not something I often talk or rave about. It’s the unsung hero of the majority of the software we use and a lot of the time, we don’t look after it properly and that’s assuming we deploy it properly in the first place. A colleague and friend of mine @LupoLoopy was at a SQLBits conference last week where Brent was speaking and it pipped my forgotten interest for SQL Server so I took to Brent’s site for some SQL inspiration.

Moving Drives on an LSI MegaRAID Controller

As part of my home lab project which is still on-going (yes, I have been very quiet on this one of late), my plan has been to move my home server into a new chassis to match the other chassis I am using for the home lab. I use Storage Spaces in on my home server but as I use an LSI MegaRAID card, I have all of my drives setup as individual RAID0 sets because the MegaRAID family of cards do not support JBOD but I’ve been pretty worried about the storage.

Blog Effectiveness Feedback

Web design and layout is an interesting beast with one man (or woman) and their view of aesthetically pleasing or effective layout and use of screen real estate being different from the next. With my blog, I’m generally happy with how it works but I like to operate my blog with an agile based approach, taking small iterative steps to continuous improvement.

When I normally make changes to the site, things I deem to be improvements, they are self-led ideas that I think would be good but not often do I really consider the effects on the viewers of the site but for this occasion, I’m going to flip that on it’s head.

I’m looking for anybody out there who reads my site for feedback. I’m not looking for feedback on the topic of the articles because frankly, that isn’t going to change unless my technology pattern at work changes, unlikely in the current circumstances, but I’m looking for feedback on the site itself.

Microsoft Ordered to Release Dublin Server Data

An article went live on BBC News this morning (Microsoft ‘must release’ data held on Dublin server) which I hadn’t seen and was brought to my attention. The subject of the article is a US court case where a judge has ruled that Microsoft must hand over email records for a mailbox which is held on one of the servers in the Dublin, otherwise known to Microsoft Azure fans as the North Europe region.

Project Home Lab: Shopping List

Up until now, I’ve talked at length about the various factors dictating what I will be buying and why. In this post which is meant to be a high level overview of all the posts previous, I’m going to give you a shopping list of all of the components needed to make the build tick so that if you want to embark on your own project you can get a head start if you chose to go down the same route yourself.

Project Home Lab: Network Decisions

So far in the series, I’ve talked about the goals and what hardware I want to use. In this post, I’m going to talk about how I plan to connect it all together and how I’m going to get it talking to the outside world via my existing production home network.

Project Home Lab: Existing Infrastructure

In this second post in my Project Home Lab series, I’m going to cover fairly loosely what I’ve got in my environment at home already as I need to take this into account to determine whether I can keep it all or whether I need to make more fundamental changes to my environment also.

Project Home Lab: Goals

Since I’ve started working in consultancy, I have the constant need to challenge myself and spend more time working with the technologies that I promote. The only way to do this is learn and practice and the only way to learn and practice is to have equipment to do that on. I have embarked on a project to build myself a home lab and in this Project Home Lab series of blog posts, I’ll go through all that I am doing to produce my home lab.

Mixing TP-Link Switches and Cisco SFP Modules

Sometime ago, I posted reviews of my use of two TP-Link switches to operate my home network. To recap briefly, I use a TP-Link TL-SG3424 as my core switch and a TP-Link TL-SG3210 as my access switch. Both switches are Gigabit Ethernet across every port which I love. The pair of switches cost me under £200 new for the pair.

Recently I’ve deployed some extra devices into my home office leaving the TL-SG3210 a little short a free ports (a la none) so I was interested in moving my two LAG trunk ports onto the SFP Mini-GBIC modules to free up two ports. Taking a look at the TP-Link Media Converters and Modules page at http://uk.tp-link.com/products/?categoryid=225 reveals that they do produce fibre modules but nothing for Ethernet.