November 6, 2008 | SQL Server

I forgot how fun it is to set up a new machine!

Okay, this isn't really about SQL Server, but I have been building a new machine today, and it is easily the most powerful computer that has ever been inside my house.  In fact it is more powerful than most of our production servers.  The mere act of opening applications like Management Studio and Visual Studio finishes so quickly, my head spins.  Even converting Windows Server 2008 to a Vista-like workstation (aero, etc.) can't slow this thing down.  I am thinking about buying an additional video card and adding two more monitors, just to see if I can give it a challenge.  🙂

Anyway, when setting up a new machine, I always want to make it feel "new" by installing different wallpapers and screen savers.  Well these were posted several months ago, but they were new to me: official SQL Server 2008 wallpaper and screen saver!

http://blogs.technet.com/sqlman/archive/2008/07/26/sql-server-2008-desktop-background-and-screen-saver.aspx

I have my resolution in a widescreen format, so the wallpaper doesn't look that great when stretched (it mushes the text), but the screen saver is pretty cool.

Also I am trying to find a way to use this image that Denis Gobo found, which is the first time I have ever seen someone mimic an application accurately in real life:

The only thing left (still) is getting into the ancient Cisco gear protecting my company's VPN.  As Andy has noted, Cisco is not playing very nice with 64-bit Windows.  And I've tried what seems like the only alternative ($144) from NCP software, but can't figure out the precise settings and secret handshakes that need to occur for this to work.  I have thirty days to try that out before I have to pay for it, so we'll see what IT says about supporting me and trying to figure out how to connect to our specific gear.  In the meantime, what I have actually resigned to do is run Leopard (OS X 10.5.5) and then load my Windows x64 OS inside of VMWare Fusion.  This works pretty well, but I cannot use Hyper-V or aero inside the VM.  At least I can connect to the VPN from the Mac and then allow the VM to use that connection.

3 comments on this post

    • cinahcaM madA - November 7, 2008, 8:35 PM

      Why don't you just create a 32-bit Hyper-V child partition?

    • AaronBertrand - November 8, 2008, 1:22 AM

      I am just hoping to avoid having multiple Windows operating systems to manage / activate / keep patched etc.
      Also, since more than half the time I am running Windows within OS X via VMWare, which limits the VM to 8 GB, I wouldn't really want to run the guest OS as a nested VM inside the parent (and not even sure if that would be supported… Windows wouldn't let me install Hyper-V, for example, until I had booted into it directly).
      Cisco really should be better about this.  I am sure that eventually they will have to buckle as their existing customers move to 64-bit, and as potential customers learn that their 64-bit clients are up the creek, the "constructive feedback" should become overwhelming.  In the meantime, I am planning on trying Denny's suggestion this evening, and will let you know the results.

    • AaronBertrand - November 8, 2008, 2:58 AM

      No, it seems that AnyConnect cannot talk to our oldish hardware (concentrator 3000).  I think Cisco just wants everyone to upgrade their gear.  Jerks.

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