RSOD – Red Screen of Death! No, I’m not kidding.

So there is actually a red screen of death. Microsoft does have an RSOD, it is very rare to see these days. As a matter of fact, it was only visible in a beta version of Windows Vista. Seen here:

Windows Vista Red Screen of Death
Windows Vista Red Screen of Death

There is another RSOD, HP has one too and I saw it first hand today:

HP Red Screen of Death

This error indicates a problem with your SAS Controller. A firmware upgrade from HP might be able to fix your problem.

Either error is not good, my sympathies.

How To: Review Saved Perfmon (aka Performance Monitor) Binary Log (BLG) Files

Alright so this isn’t really obvious  in Perfmon.  This is what you do to review a log file.

Step 1: Right mouse click on Performance Monitor (figure 1).

Step 2: Select Properties.Step 3: Select Source then connect to the file, database, etc. (figure 2).

SQL Server DAC (Dedicated Administrator Connection)

SQL Server DAC (Dedicated Administrator Connection)

Have you ever had a query go rogue? CPU at pegged at 100%? This will help!

Note: This is only for SQL Server 2005 and later…

There is some groundwork to do.

Setting up the DAC

Run these statements as an administrator:

sp_configure 'remote admin connections',1

This will enable the ability to connect to the server.

Using DAC When IT Matters!

You can do two things use sqlcmd to connect to the SQL Server or a query window (not the Object Browser). The trick is before the name of the server prefix the name of the server with admin:.



A note of interest, you are limited by what you can do in this mode. Nothing that needs to store temporary tables and things like that. You can even use this if you do something terrible like corrupt the master or tempdb databases.

I hope you never need this!

More on SQL Server Denali!

This guy has a great blog article on high availability on the latest version of SQL Server. I highly recommend reading it. Unlike previous versions, you can query all the nodes and you aren’t limited to a two node configuration like before! I have another article, a very terse one, here:

SQL Server Denali: HADRON ROCKS. | Brent Ozar – Too Much Information | Brent Ozar – Too Much Information.

IIS Frontpage Extensions – You are not authorized to view this page

If you get this error something changed with your environment that is forcing anonymous login to the server. Here is what to do:

Within IIS Manager, right click on the site in which you need access to. Click on the directory security tab. Click on the edit button within Authentication and Access control. Click on Integrated Windows Authentication.

Enjoy! Of course your account will actually need rights to the site in question.

SQL Server News – Denali!!!

If you are interested in taking a look at the latest and greatest…Denali is found here:

What’s new?

Column based query acceleration is greatly improved. Computed values and aggregates are calculated much, much faster (at least by a factor of 10 according to Microsoft).

Improved performance for FileStream. FileStream was a technology that was introduced in SQL Server 2008.

BI has also been greatly improved with a lot more functionality.

Better programming interfaces.

A workflow approach has been included for better integration.

It now uses Visual Studio 2010 for its interface!

There is now an actual dashboard that is more responsive, a nice bell or whistle (whichever you prefer).

The official Microsoft page for all future versions of SQL Server is here:

SQL – Turning Several Result Sets into a Single Result Set

In case you need to get several result sets through a single result set, for whatever reason. In my case I have program that works on one result set at a time that needed some aggregate data displayed at the end of the report. Here is what you do:

Create a temporary table to store the table with the most fields in your result set. Everything will use this table for its data. Be sure create a primary key using an int identity(1,1). Without creating a primary key the data will not be stored in any order.

Order the data the way you need it to display and insert it into the temporary table. Then add following result sets to this table.

Note: Data types are important in getting this to work and character/string based data types tend to work the best.

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