MySQL not loading in PHP on Windows

There seems to be bug in MySQL 5.0.41. I stumbled across this when I tried to install a new isntallation of wordpress with the up to date versions I keeps getting a message “cannot load MySQL extension, please check PHP Configuration”. You can verify this also by running the following command: “php -m”. If you recieve a message lett ing […]

MySQL backup for a Windows Administrator

As a windows Administrator we are asked to deal many varying technologies. Not all of them are native to the Windows platform, but are rather ports from the Linux world. While in most cases we are not asked to generally do nothing more than install and let the customer then customize as they see fit every once and a while […]

Drive mapping in Terminal services

Today a client asked how they could drag and drop files when connecting to their Windows 2003 server. I responded with the normal, “you can do this by connecting to your FTP server on a Windows server…”. They were not thrilled. When dealing with a wide variety of clients you run the gambit of skill levels and effort. Generally, they […]

MySQL change root password for Windows

In a shared environment you are asked to tackle many strange tasks and not so strange tasks. Among my many common tasks that I’m asked to look into is management of MySQL on a windows platform. While there are plenty of instructions on how to manage MySQL in a linux environment there are little such documentation for a Windows platform. […]

PHP POST coding issues

As a system administrator you deal with many technologies. Alot of the times you don’t feel like you have a total grasp as you feel you should to properly should in order to be an effective adminstrator. For me this is PHP. While it has been around a while this particular technology is usually in the realm of the web […]

SQL profiler and workgroup dilemma

With the Launch of the newest version of SQL 2005 there are several new features of note and some missing components that you should be aware of. Microsoft has developed separate of its editions: express, workgroup, standard, and enterprise. I have noted several clients who choose workgroup as a less expensive alternative to standard edition. In most cases this is […]

SQL stuck in loading after restore

Working in a diverse environment where backup and restores are handled by a different department sometimes small problem can rise into huge monsters if we overlook the details. A recent problem I ran across consisted of restore job where the databases appeared as stuck in loading stage,but not fully functional. After a couple of attempts to restore the database what […]

Firefox parameter lookups

Hi all. I’m a great fan of Firefox. While I know that Microsoft has tried to replicate many of the features I believe that Firefox has managed to keep one step ahead of them. Among one of the great features is the ability to use parametrized shortcuts. As an simple example let say you perform whois lookups from Network Solutions. […]

What's this all about

Truth be told I have never considered myself much of a writer or even much of an extrovert to publish a blog. I started this because as the title has hinted I wanted someway that I can share my knowledge (technical that is) that I acquire as I administrate, design, and generally tinker. Feel free to comment, use, and share.