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Jeff Kyker
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Primary Replica of SQL 2014 AlwaysOn Group
q: In SQL Server 2014, what is an easy way to determine which Availability Replica as the Primary Role (meaning they own the cluster at that time)? a: Here are two options. ' This command, returns all of the data in in sys.availability_replicas table: Selec...

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HOW TO - Establish a benchmark
Q: We have two computers and we want to determine which one is better/faster overall. A: We suggest running  NovaBench on each one then compare their NovaBench Score. http://filehippo.com/download_novabench/

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Responsive HTML Photo Album
q: Customer called asking for a quick way to share photos with their users. It had to support folders/albums, and had to be responsive. a: KOKEN - http://koken.me/ We were blown away by the ease of the deployment within their GoDaddy Hosting account. We wer...

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HOW TO - Share Passwords over the internet
q: What is a safe and easy way to share a password over email or over the internet? a: We have recommended One Time Secret - https://onetimesecret.com/ It even lets you generate one time use links that are disabled after their first click.

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HOW TO - GREP / FIND PowerShell Output
q: In Windows CLI (Command Prompt) we use | find "" all the time after a standard command to filter the results.  How can we use find with PowerShell? For example: netstat -ano | find "LISTENING" a: As we discover you can do anything in PowerShell, but it i...

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Y-U0003-DEL5 Dell Multimedia Keyboard - Media keys not working
q: Customer called with an issue where the multimedia keys on their Dell Y-U0003-DEL5 keyboard were not working. eg: next, mute, previous, etc.  This is on a new Windows 10 system. a: We found this article that directed them to delete the "HID Keyboard Devi...

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Script to zip up logs to date named file
q: How can we run a script weekly/monthly to zip up log files on a windows server, using a batch script and have the file be named the server & today's date? a: This .bat assumes (1) you have izarc & izarcl installed (2) you have d:\download\ folder (3) you...

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Microsoft releases post SP1 rollup to speed up fresh installs
A great article about Microsoft releasing a cumulative patch which makes fresh installs of Windows 7 faster. http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-releases-convenience-rollup-update-for-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2 It's available from the Windows Upd...

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Stop the Windows 10 Upgrade Prompts
q: How can we disable the Windows 10 Upgrade prompts? a: There is a new application call GWX Control Panel that can quickly let you: Disable Windows 10 Prompts Disable OS updates through Windows Updates Clear out the 4-6GB of files your computer probably al...
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