The Need for SPEED

Recently, I was talking to a client about performance issues they were having with their primary database server.  Their business has taken off in recent months and they have added additional staff.  That has resulted in an increase in both the amount of data in their system, and the number of users accessing it.  They had come to me a while ago about ways to speed up some workstations that they use for CAD work.  I had suggested trying solid state drives.  They followed my recommendation and saw drastic improvements in the performance of those systems.  Because of that positive experience, they wanted to try the same thing with this database server.  But, putting solid state drives in servers with large storage requirements can be a much more complicated and expensive undertaking than putting one in a laptop or PC.

We initially investigated solutions from the major SAN and server manufacturers, but the costs were two to three times what the customer’s budget would allow.  We then started brainstorming alternative solutions.  I knew that Intel is one of the best manufacturers of solid state drives.  I also knew that they have been winning awards with a new line of servers.  So, I looked into the Intel solution and found the perfect combination of price and performance.  It was exactly what the client was looking for.  To make things even better, Intel had a case study of another organization that had implemented the exact server configuration we were considering.

If you are still reading this, I appreciate it.  Here’s where it gets interesting.  The case study is about a photography project called Paris-26-Gigapixels by Kolor.  It is the third project of its type in the world.  Continue reading “The Need for SPEED”

Solved: Mozy stuck at “Loading Settings…..”

I have been using Mozy for a couple of years now to backup my laptop whenever I am connected to the Internet and it is idle.  I have never had a problem with it.  But for some reason a few days ago the application would get stuck saying “Loading settings……”  I am running on Windows 7.  I went through a bunch of troubleshooting, but no matter what I did it would still get stuck.  Finally I stumbled across this information, and it solved my problem.  I figured I would share it:

1. Click on Start Button

2. Go to All Programs-> Accessories and right on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator” from context menu.

3. Copy the following and paste it into the command prompt window: netsh winsock reset catalog

 4. Now copy this command into the same window to reset the TCP/IP stack: netsh int ip reset reset.log

5. Reboot

6. Run a Manual Backup

I don’t know why that fixed the issue, but it did.  My backup started to run perfectly after the reboot.

SCCM Right-Click Tools

If you are dissappointed that Microsoft seems to have left out some basic tools in SCCM, download and install this free add-in:

One of the more basic items that it offers is the ability to shutdown or reboot a system through a simple right-click menu.

I also ran across this nice collection of tools for SCCM: