Monthly Archives: November 2008

SQL Server Scalability etc – Free Ebooks

RealTimePublishers has a whole bunch of free ebooks:

Database

The Definitive Guide to Scaling Out SQL Server 2005
The Definitive Guide to Scaling Out SQL Server 2000
The Essentials Series: Optimizing Database Connection Performance
The Shortcut Guide to SQL Server Infrastructure Optimization

Few other ones that might be of interest:

The Administrator Shortcut Guide to VB Scripting for Windows
The Definitive Guide to Building a Windows Server 2008 Infrastructure
The Definitive Guide to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services Updated Edition
The Shortcut Guide to Selecting the Right Virtualization Solution
The Shortcut Guide to Virtualization and Service Automation

Enjoy!

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Connection to target machine could not be made in a timely fashion

Problem

Actually the error is (note spelling mistake on fashion):

“Connection to target machine could not be made in a timely fasion”

Scenario

One of our DBAs was testing the SQL cluster failover. After he failed over from Node 1 to Node 2, he can no longer bring up SQL Server Configuration Manager (SSCM). Whenever he tried, he will wait for about 30-40 seconds before he gets an error message : Connection to target machine could not be made in a timely fasion

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View or function ‘sys.dm_exec_sessions’ has more column names …

Problem

Agent message code 4502. View or function ‘sys.dm_exec_sessions’ has more column names specified than columns defined.

Scenario

Our replication on our clustered database just started to fail. We were getting the following error:

Agent message code 4502. View or function ‘sys.dm_exec_sessions’ has more column names specified than columns defined.

Ok, this is a weird message. How can sys.dm_exec_sessions have more columns that specified?

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Ooohh! Manga Guide to Databases!

I’m an anime/manga/JPop/JDorama junkie. Yup, that’s my other life besides databases. There was a time when I can talk some straight Japanese sentences – because I’ve watched/listened to Japanese stuff so much and so often.

JPop

I play Utada Hikaru, Ayumi Hamasaki, Do As Infinity (Tomiko Van is lead singer) and Maaya Sakamoto quite regularly while I drive. I have most of their CDs. I even used to wait for weeks for Amazon to deliver my JPop CDs because they’re usually not in stock. I’ve also listened to BoA, Hitomi, Amuro Namie, Otsuka Ai, Gackt, TOKIO, Orange Range, Arashi …

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