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SQL Server Madness

databaseThis morning, the database server hosting the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org weblogs was successfully upgraded from SQL Server 2000 Standard to SQL Server 2008 Standard.

This upgrade was tested extensively before we put it in production.

You might have noticed…

As a (frequent) visitor of our website, you may have encountered an “Oops, something went wrong” error this morning for about five minutes. This was caused by the inavailability of the database for that period when we switched from the old database server to the new server.

We kindly asked our current bloggers to refrain from creating new blogpost on the production server for the last couple of days to accommodate the server switch. This way, we prevented blogpost from appearing and disappearing. Of course, with the switch complete, we will return to our normal frequency of posting blogposts.

Our main plan was to migrate to SQL Server 2005 Standard, but this errored out every time due to a .Net Framework mismatch with the upgrade wizard and the Operating System.

What’s next?

In the coming days we will monitor the database server for anomalies.

With the Operating Systems, SQL Server and .Net Framework updated, the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org weblogs have entered a state where the CommunityServer installation is easily upgraded to a more recent version. In the background, we will continue to prepare for these upgrades.

Can you feel it…

If you feel the performance of the website has increased, please note it in the comments below.

It’s always nice to hear from you!

Special thanks goes out to Chris Petit.

Published Friday, February 03, 2012 2:17 PM by Sander Berkouwer
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ChrisPetit said:

Yo! It's fast! :-)

February 8, 2012 5:22 PM
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About Sander Berkouwer

The early years
Sander Berkouwer was born and raised in a little village in the Netherlands called 'Vlaardingen'. This is a small city near Rotterdam named after a small river that ran through it in the twelfth century. It houses around 75000 people.

Studies & Hobbies
Sander moved to Schiedam when he started studying at the Delft University of Technology. He tried five years to become a B.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering but after five years it was clear that wasn't what he was meant to do. In his spare time he started putting computer components together and upgrading his PC twice a year. By then he was totally into Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows 95, NT4 Server, Novell Netware and a little bit of Slackware Linux. This was in no way related to his studies. Choosing between his hobbies and his studies became no-brainer! 

Work & Hobbies
Sander got introduced at Operator Groep Delft (short: OGD) by a friend. Back in those days OGD was a little company that provided IT Services and specialized in helpdesk, systems administration and projects. In the years that Sander worked for OGD he has seen it grow to the company that it is now: A serious player in the Dutch IT service market, with nearly 1200 employees, its own project team and of course Microsoft, Novell, VMware, Dell, HP, Symantec and Citrix partnerships. After eleven years with the company he still feels fortunate to work for a straightforward, honest and down-to-earth company.

Private life
In the same year Sander started working for OGD, he met his wife and three years later they got married. In 2009 his wife gave birth to their daughter, Sophie. 
Studies, again
In 2007, realizing the potential of a degree, Sander enlisted for Bachelor Information and Communications Technology (B ICT) studies at NOVI. With his MCSE as recognized prior experience, Sander was able to achieve his degree in 18 months. His thesis was on the cloud computing strategy for OGD. 
Speaking engagements
In 2007, Sander entered the Microsoft Netherlands TechNet speaker talent competition. He won it. From this moment on, Sander became a proficient speaker on Microsoft Netherlands events. In 2010, Sander was a speaker on 22 events, presenting on subjects ranging from Active Directory to Social Networking, from Desktop Management to Cloud Computing.

Sander has been a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) since January 2001. In the past ten years, Sander has achieved multiple Microsoft certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).
The MVP Years
In 2009, Sander was awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award by Microsoft. This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. In 2010 and 2011, Sander was re-awarded for his contributions to the Directory Services technical communities. 
Sander has blogged on the Dirteam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs since June 2006. In addition to these contributions, Sander has blogged at the Microsoft Netherlands IT Pro Community blog and the NGN Windows Server blog. In 2009, Sander published a whitepaper together with Joachim Nässlander on remotely managing Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008.

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