Welcome to the site, my name is Jeff and I have been working in the IT field since the early 90's. Most of what I post here is related to work that I do for the various companies that I have worked for over the years. Please feel free to look around ask questions or post comments (if available).

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Recent Posts


  • WSS 3.0, MSSearch Service and SQL

    In my previous post I talked about the SQL upgrade that we performed recently. I left out the part that had to do with our SharePoint server. While it is fundamentally related I thought I would share some of the dead-ends I ran in to.

  • SQL Server Upgrade

    In an earlier post I mentioned that we were in the process of upgrading hardware and moving something’s around on the back-end. The end-result of this process would make us feature complete in our stated goals. Well, we had a few hiccups along the way, hopefully in the future I’ll do better at testing all this out. One of the things that needed to happen was our existing SQL server needed to be replaced with something that had significantly more power.

  • Fun with Vmware ESXi

    In the course of rolling out new hardware we encountered some problems with our up-and-running VMware ESXi servers. I won’t go into that now, but I’ll go over the fun things we found out. Most of these are most likely documented already, but I figured I’d put them here that way I have some place to look the next time I need something!

  • Windows 2008 R2 Clustering

    Our current file server cluster falls out of warranty in about a month, and as it was over-spec’d to begin with we made a purchase of new hardware from Dell. We bought several things, two new servers for the file sharing cluster, a new sql server, a new backup server, a new virtual server, and two new iSCSI sans. I’ll talk about these as we get to them, for the time being I’ll talk about Failover clustering in Windows 200r R2.

  • The value of virtualization

    From time to time I think that we all sometimes overlook the value of virtualization. I know that I do, and it came home to me today. We have a problem with storage, it seems we can’t get enough! Over the summer we migrated from an older 7TB fiber channel SAN, to a new 13TB iSCSI SAN. Since then we have watched as more and more of our storage has been consumed. We hit a crisis mode this past weekend when the 3.5TB lun we had allocated for user data, quite literally filled up. Feel free to yell at me for not being more mindful or more proactive, it’s a crazy situation and I don’t know if I had to do it over, I would make the same choices.