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Tips & Tricks : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 & 2012 Feature Packs

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Some of applications require additional SQL Server 2008 or 2012 fetures installed. Some of these features might not be available in standard setup of SQL Server. In that case you have to refer to Microsoft Dowloads web page in order to download additional components required for installation:

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Tips & Tricks : How to add .NET Framework 3.51 to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

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Unfortunately there is a problem when you try to add .Net Framework 3.51 to Windows Server 2012 using Server Manager. In order to fix that issue and get .Net Framework 3.51 installed (which is required by majority of applications and servers) issue following command from Command Prompt:

dism /online /enable-feature /all /featurename:NetFX3 /source:x:\sources\sxs

Please notice that x: in source parameter has to be replaced with appropriate drive letter for DVD with Windows Server 2012 installation files.

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Tips & Tricks : Configuring IPv4 address on Windows Server 2012 Core with PowerShell

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In order to assign static IPv4 address to Windows Server 2012 Core using power shell use:

New-NetIPAddress -IPAddress 172.16.48.11 -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -DefaultGateway 172.16.48.5 -AddressFamily IPv4 -PrefixLength 24
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Tips & Tricks : HP TouchSmart tm2t, Windows 8 and Switchable Graphics

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Recently I came up with idea to upgrade operating system on my HP TouchSmart tm2t to Windows 8. In general there was no major issues except one. As this computer has two graphics adapters (Intel for low performance when operate on battery, AMD/ATI for better performance when operate on mains) there was small issue with configuring Switchable Graphics option.

After installation computer was operating only on low performance Intel card and thre was no possibility to switch to AMD/ATI. Here is what I’ve done ot make it work:

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Tips & Tricks : Enabling Wireless Network in Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition

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If you want to use Windows Server 2012 Datacenter on workstation/laptop (sometimes it is handy to have mobile workstation with server operating system) you might experience issues with wireless networking. Even if driver for wireless network adapter is installed you might not be able to connect to any wi-fi network.

In order to use wireless in Windows Server 2012 Datacenter additional feature has to be installed: Wireless LAN Service. This can be installed from PowerShell prompt using add-windowsfeature wireless-networking command, as shown on screenshot below:
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Once installed and server rebooted make sure that WLAN AutoConfig service is started, as shown on screenshot below:

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