Monthly Archives: January 2011

My Thoughts on the Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Recall

I awoke this morning to see a number of stories breaking about the Intel Sandy Bridge H67/P67 Chipset Recall. I also had a number of Tweets directed at me (@GlennAlanBerry) and several e-mails from people asking me what I thought … Continue reading

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Building an Extremely Power Efficient Intel Sandy Bridge Desktop System

Since I have a 3.15Kw grid-tied Solar PV System on the roof of my house in Parker, I pay pretty close attention to my electrical power usage. I try to generate more electricity than I use, because I care about … Continue reading

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Microsoft Support Policies for Windows Server and SQL Server

Microsoft provides ten years of support (five years Mainstream Support and five years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level for Business and Developer products, which include Windows Server and SQL Server. The term “supported service pack level” means … Continue reading

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Speaking at the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta on March 5

I just got the notification that I will be one of the speakers at the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta on March 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. This event (which is in its third year) is like a mixture of a … Continue reading

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Speaking at SQLSaturday #66 in Colorado Springs on February 12

I recently found out that I will be one of the speakers at SQLSaturday #66 on February 12 in Colorado Springs. I will be talking about hardware evaluation and selection, and the full abstract is below: Hardware 201: Selecting and … Continue reading

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Another Example of CPU Throttling Due to Balanced Power Plan in Windows Server 2008 R2

Here is another example CPU throttling from someone who had a server running with the default “Balanced” Power Plan in Windows Server 2008 R2 (which works the same way in Windows Server 2008).  As you can see in Figure 1 … Continue reading

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New Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2008 SP1 and SP2

Microsoft has released new cumulative updates for both SQL Server 2008 SP1 and SQL Server 2008 SP2. Remember, both of these are completely separate from SQL Server 2008 R2 (which is considered a separate, major release from SQL Server 2008). … Continue reading

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