Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows 2008

I just installed SQL Server 2005 Standard, using our MSDN discs, onto Windows Server 2008 Standard deployment and it worked successfully after a few tries. However I took two tries to install SQL Server; the first time it installed the Configuration Tools and the second time it installed everything else. Regardless, here are a few tips to remember:

The first thing was the order for merging the MSDN discs (two separate discs that must be combined before installing). The trick is to rip disc 2 to a folder and then rip and replace the files with disc 1. If you use the wrong discs you get an error like "Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package 'sqlncli.msi'."

The second thing to remember is that when you install SQL Server 2005 onto Windows 2008, which isn't a problem in Windows 2003, you must use a complex password for the database password otherwise it fails.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Installing a Suunto Vytec dive computer on Windows 7

I just installed Suunto's Dive Manager 2.6 software on my laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate) when I couldn't get it to recognize my Suunto Vytec dive computer because the drivers were incorrect. Each of the separate downloads from Suunto's website didn't work so I decided to use Windows 7's trouble shooting features.

I'm happy to say Windows 7 was able to do a quick Windows Update search and find and install the correct drivers. Now I'm up and running like I was when I had Vista and XP installed. For once Windows works in my favor!

Suunto Vytec Official Site

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Google AJAX API Wizards

When I was building ChrisKenst.com I wanted a way to add the recent feeds from my two blog sites (including this one). I couldn't remember the previous site I used but I remember the wizard was customizeable. I did a quick search and that's when I found Google AJAX Feed API.

All you do is go to the Dynamic Feed Control Wizard click the Start with Wizard link, enter the name of your blog or website with the rss feeds you want and Google with find the exact URLs for you. Lastly click the Generate Code button and copy and paste the code into your website.

Looks like Google has a number of cool AJAX API's in Google Code that might be worth checking out.

Installing and Configuring AD LDS on Windows 2008

On Windows Server 2008 ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode) has been changed to AD LDS (Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services). Personally I like the name ADAM better than AD LDS, I guess it just rolls off the tongue a little easier. Installing AD LDS on Windows 2008 is a bit different than installing ADAM on Windows 2003 because you no longer go to Add / Remove Programs and then Windows Features.

To install AD LDS go to Server Manager > Roles > Add A Role > Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services > and follow the instructions. To remove AD LDS you can use Add / Remove Programs just like with ADAM. Once AD LDS is installed it will appear under the Administrative Tools folder as Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard, ADSI Edit (formerly ADAM ADSI edit) and Active Directory Sites and Services instead of in its own ADAM program folder.

To create a new instance click on Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard in All Programs > Administrative Tools and follow the on screen wizard. These screens look similar to the screens found in ADAM so the setup process should be exactly the same.

The Connection Settings window in ADSI Edit was a little bit different than in ADAM but serves the same purpose. One difference I noticed was when I set up a connection I had to specify the computer as localhost under "Select or type a domain or server" whereas this was setup by default in ADAM.

It's good to see not everything changed, the C:\Windows\ADAM folder still exists in Windows 2008. If you need to import a database schema you'll notice there is no ADAM Tools Command Prompt link, instead open a regular command prompt window and change to the C:\Windows\ADAM directory to do your import.

Anyone who is comfortable with setting up an ADAM connection in Windows Server 2003 should be able to setup AD LDS in Windows Server 2008.