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WickBrick, reduce to practice

I still continue to try until I can finally reach the perfect ‘WickBrick’. One method produced bricks that snapped together very well, and another has almost the correct base plus the wick cavities. A combination of the two should get me get there! It has been a long journey… but I think its getting close.

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Compare Defraggler to DiskKeeper and Perfect Disk

Find this post interesting? Do you like interesting things? Maybe you would like my invention, a connectible candle called a WickBrick!

Get one here http://wickbrick.etsy.com/

WickBrick

According to my admittedly lame little test two runs of defraggler compares very favorably to DiskKeeper and Perfect Disk. This is how I performed my lame test. I got trial versions of DiskKeeper and Perfect Disk, I ran them to analyze the disk and made a note of the fragmentation. Then I ran defraggler, twice. Then I once again ran a scan with DiskKeeper and Perfect Disk and walaa they reported that the disk looked great. So what does this tell me? I’m not going to be buying DiskKeeper or Perfect Disk anytime soon!

Oh yeah, I am now installing defraggler into all of our Virtual Machines on the ESX server… it sounds like vmware recommends defragging virtual machines as well.

Ducky

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So I entered another video contest

http://www.mermaidjinglejam.com/phase2/votedetail.aspx?entrantid=40

This one is for a pretty good cause, they will deliver a bunch sea food to a local food bank! Winners also get to go on a trip to universal studios which would be fun!

You can vote three times a day!

SQL 2005 Managment Console is really really slow, fix

One of the biggest things we noticed with SQL Server 2005 was that the Management Studio took for ever and a day to start up. Well I finally ran across this blog which explained why. This really worked for me! It used to take 1 min to start up and now it takes 1 sec!

http://blogs.msdn.com/euanga/archive/2006/07/11/662053.aspx

This is not the answer to all occurrences of the issue but try the following;

* Shut down SSMS.
* Go into IE, select Tools|Internet Options|Advanced
* If “Check publisher’s certificate revocation” under the security node is checked, then uncheck it.

Now try SSMS again, was it faster? Either way re-check the setting to be safe.

Ok so here is what is happening. SSMS has a high percentage of managed code, all of this code is signed when we ship it. At start up (if this setting is checked) the .Net Runtime tries to contact crl.microsoft.com to ensure that the cert is valid(there were some fake certs issued in Microsoft’s name a while back so this is a very valid concern). If there is no internet connection or there is a problem contacting the certificate revocation list server then this will delay SSMS startup.

ESX A general system error occurred: The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted.

Find this post interesting? Do you like interesting things? Maybe you would like my invention, a connectible candle called a WickBrick!

Get one here http://wickbrick.etsy.com/

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So I went to start up a Virtual machine and it wouldn’t start up.

The error I got was

A general system error occurred: The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted.

Oh great I’m thinking, this is the same error that the R2 bad patch was causing.

Well I narrowed it down to a problem with ESX1 and yet other machines could start virtual machines just fine.

After a bit of searching I found a command to restart the management service on the ESX server.

Logged on to ESX1

Then typed

service mgmt-vmware restart

Saw the service restart, and now I am able to start virtual machines just fine.

Another Amelia Photo Shoot :) Rocking Chair