Monthly Archives: April 2011

Creating fieldsets outside forms with minimal code in Drupal

Every now and again there comes a time when you want to use form groups (HTML fieldset elements) without having a real form, simply because they make good containers for content. With the old form code, we could happily write … Continue reading

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How to check or Change DNS entries on Mac OSX

To check your Personal VPN DNS entries on a Mac OSX computer while connected to SurfBouncer: 1) From the dock, select ‘System Preferences’. 2) Click on ‘Network’. 3) Select one of the available connections such as ‘AirPort’, ‘Ethernet’ and ‘PPPoE’. … Continue reading

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Creating an array of form elements in Drupal

As someone who’s done a lot of work with the “old” form methods, the new Forms API is a lot of new information to chew on. Almost everything is different. In the spirit of practicality, here’s how I solved the … Continue reading

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Gaining Exclusive Access to a SQL Server Database

This is one of those database topics that sounds really easy on its face but can be tricky in practice.  The issue is how to gain exclusive access to a database so you can perform operations like taking it offline, … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting a Slow Database Server: Is SQL Server the Cause?

Troubleshooting a slow database server is one of the easiest and hardest things you’ll ever do in IT.  While there are some anomalies that can take a real performance expert several days to track down, most of the time your performance … Continue reading

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What is PowerPivot?

What is PowerPivot? PowerPivot (formerly known as Project Gemini) is our latest and hottest business intelligence innovation and intended to finally make BI accessible & easy to the masses using the #1 BI tool in the world: Microsoft Excel. PowerPivot … Continue reading

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SQL Server Recovery Models

Simple Mode Putting a database into simple mode means that you don’t want to take log backups and all you want to do is rely on full backups for your recovery.  How it accomplishes this is simple.  It forces the … Continue reading

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Top 4 Reasons to Move to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008 with new technologies and capabilities specifically designed to make actionable intelligence accessible to all employees in the enterprise. It delivers a comprehensive data platform that provides … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot a Slow Database in SQL Server 2008

Troubleshooting database slowness can be both fairly straightforward and tricky at the same time.  Most of the time the problems will present themselves to you right away and the fixes will be fairly easy too, but there are those times … Continue reading

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What is Application and Multi-server Management in SQL Server 2008 R2?

What is Application and Multi-server Management? Microsoft’s investments in Application and Multi-server Management will help organizations manage database environments more efficiently at scale with visibility into resource utilization for consolidation and improved efficiencies across the application lifecycle. These improvements will … Continue reading

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