Server Core Installation – "Accessing Windows in Notification period"

I had a rather rough start this morning. When I attempted to boot up my primary workstation and login, I kept encountering a problem loading my roaming profile. I could login to Vista, but my desktop was blank and I kept getting prompted to enter my credentials to access the server (BEAST) where my user…


Fessing Up About Firefox

My name is Jeremy, and I’m a Firefox user. There, I’ve said it. I know, I know…what am I thinking, a Microsoft employee telling the world that Internet Explorer isn’t the end all, be all browser for everyone?! Well, first let me clarify a little. I actually do use Internet Explorer as my primary browser….


Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9!

Visual Studio just keeps getting better and better! Check out the 20 new videos that will be released over the course of this week announcing the most exciting new features in Visual Studio 2010. The Technical Evanglelists (boy, isn’t that a dream job?!) have also created a new area on Channel 9 devoted to Visual Studio…


Additional Restrictions on File and Folder Names in SharePoint

Up until this morning, I thought I knew what the restrictions were for file and folder names in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS v3) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007). However, I learned the hard way (i.e. during the process of migrating content to the Production environment) that there are some additional restrictions…


Some Gotchas with Remote Administration of Hyper-V

As I mentioned in my previous post, last month I built out a new virtual environment using Hyper-V on Server Core. Since you can’t run MMC — and therefore Hyper-V Manager — on Server Core, you need to use remote administration to manage the VMs. John Howard’s blog series on Hyper-V Remote Management is by…


Copy/Paste Gotchas with Server Core

I’m building out a new virtualized environment using Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. In order to maximize performance and follow recommended best practices, I am using Server Core as the host OS. I have to admit, doing this much administration from the command line really brings back memories from my “old Unix days” (before I…


Fiddler + WPAD – VPN = SlowPerformance

I needed to look at some low-level HTTP traffic this morning, so I fired up Fiddler — my tool of choice for this kind of thing. Unfortunately, I found that as soon as I enabled Fiddler, my browsing experience slowed to a crawl. Page requests that previously completed in 1-2 seconds were subsequently taking 30-40…


Browser Button (a.k.a. Favelet or Bookmarklet) for Parsing SharePoint List Item IDs

This morning I received an email from a customer inquiring about making it easier for users to determine the unique identifier for each document in a library. Typically, users don’t really care about this “List Item ID” for a document, but there are scenarios where this is useful (or perhaps even required). My initial suggestion…


Backing Up User Databases in SQL Server (and SQL Server Express)

Since I appear to be on a roll with my blog this morning, I figured that I should write one more post about SQL Server before I get back to my “day job.” I typically use SQL Server Management Studio to configure and schedule database backups, because the Maintenance Plan Wizard makes it very quick…


Counting Rows in All Database Tables in SQL Server

Here is yet another of the SQL scripts that I like to keep handy in my toolbox: Count Records in All Tables.sql Sometimes when I get “dropped into” a consulting situation with a new customer, I need to quickly get acquainted with one or more of their SQL Server databases. One of the first things…