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August 30 2011

Configuring a split tunnel PPTP VPN in Windows 7

While working remotely I noticed my bandwidth would drop when I connected to our VPN. It appeared that all internet packets were being routed through our VPN connection. While this normally wouldn’t be a problem, I often found myself downloading large files and my connection performance was limited to the available bandwidth to the VPN connection. That’s when I learned about what a “split tunnel” vpn connection is. I wrote this article to walk you through the process of setting up your VPN to take advantage of this option in Windows Networking.

With a “split tunnel vpn” connection, the internet traffic is routed through the local gateway connection. All other network traffic works through the vpn connection as you would expect. This is a feature that is available with Windows Vista and XP PPTP VPN connections, but it isn’t the default setting.

Here is how you configure your VPN connection to use the local gateway:

Step 1

Right click on your VPN connection and choose “properties”

Step 2

Click on the “Networking” tab. This is where we will need to make changes to the TCP/IP settings for your VPN connection. If you are using V6 IP addresses or V4, you’ll need to make the change in both locations just to be sure.

Step 3

Click on the “Advanced” button to get to the Advanced TCP/IP options

Step 4

The VPN connection by default configures all packets to route to the remote server’s gateway. We want to turn this option off by clicking on the “Use default gateway on remote network” option.

That’s it! Once you have made those changes you will notice your internet packets are no longer automatically routing through the VPN server.

August 18 2011

Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning featuring Itzik Ben-Gan – Sept 12-16, 2011

 

Itzik Ben-Gan is returning for another session on SQL Server 2008 Advanced T-SQL Querying training in Sacramento on September 12-16, 2011.

Description

The course focuses on writing and tuning queries and programming with T-SQL in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. In this course you will learn the details and capabilities of T-SQL in the following areas: Logical Query Processing; Query Tuning; Subqueries, Ranking Functions, Joins and Set Operations; Aggregating and Pivoting Data; TOP and APPLY; Data Modification; Data Type Related Problems; Programmable Objects (Dynamic SQL, Views, User Defined Functions, Stored Procedures, Triggers, Transactions and Concurrency, Exception Handling); Graphs, Trees and Hierarchies.

Along the course you will learn how to use T-SQL to solve practical problems such as: Relational Division, Ranking, Missing and Existing Values (Islands and Gaps), Separating Elements, Tie Breakers, Running Aggregations, Pivoting and Unpivoting, Custom Aggregations, Histograms, Dynamic Analysis of Grouping Sets, TOP Problems, Paging, Median, Handling Sequences, and more.

You will learn how to tune your queries, how to develop efficient routines including user defined functions, stored procedures and triggers, work in multi-user environments with transactions and isolation levels, and use dynamic SQL securely and efficiently.

You will also learn how to maintain and query hierarchical data. You will learn what graphs, trees and hierarchies are, what the common requests against graphs are, and how to write T-SQL code to handle those requests. Several different solutions will be presented including: Enumerated Paths, Nested Sets, Nested Iterations using Recursive Queries, and using the HIERARCHYID datatype.

The course provides a dedicated module focusing on query tuning. The module covers internals and index tuning, index access methods, temporary tables, set vs. cursors, and query tuning using query revisions. Moreover, query tuning is in the heart of this course and is incorporated in the different modules throughout the course.

With each querying/programming problem the discussions will revolve around logical aspects, set-based vs. procedural programming and optimization of the solutions.


Author

This course was developed by Itzik Ben-Gan, a mentor and one of the founders of Solid Quality Mentors, author of several books about T-SQL, a columnist in SQL Server Magazine, and a regular speaker in SQL Server related events.


Audience

This course is intended for:

  • T-SQL Programmers, DBAs, Architects, and Analysts
  • Those that need to write or review T-SQL code in SQL Server 2005 and 2008

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, it is recommended that students have the following skills:

  • At least one year of T-SQL querying and programming experience in SQL Server

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • Understand logical query processing
  • Understand SQL Server’s internal data structures
  • Be able to analyze and tune query performance
  • Be able to analyze query execution plans
  • Be able to solve complex querying and programming problems
  • Think in terms of sets
  • Be able to compare set based and cursor based solutions
  • Know how to handle date and time data
  • Understand compilations, recompilations and reuse of execution plans
  • Understand transactions and concurrency aspects of database programming
  • Know how to handle hierarchical data and write recursive queries
  • Be familiar T-SQL enhancements in SQL Server 2005 and 2008

 

Click here for more information, or to register

SharePoint 2010 Document Content Types and Embedded Metadata in Word

In this post we will look at how to create new document content types and insert the metadata fields in the header of the Word Document.

Creating the Content Type

1. Make sure you are in the site where you want to create the content type. Click Site Actions | Site Settings.
2. In the Galleries section click Site Content Types.
3. Click Create.

4. Fill in the appropriate information on the form to create a new content Type. Give the content type a name.
Make sure to select “Document Content Types” on the Select parent content type from drop down menu. Make sure to select “Document” in the Parent Content Type drop down menu. Put the new content type in either an existing or new group. Click OK.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the new site content type property page to find the columns section. Here you can either create new site columns or add an existing site column. The column will then be associated to the content type.

6. Content types can also have workflow, retention schedules and modified document information panels.

7. Upload a document template to

SharePoint Training

Windows 8 App Store Confirmed

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, has officially confirmed that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will have an app store. The news was mentioned via a new blog post over on MSDN, where Sinofsky listed the numerous teams which will be contributing to Windows 8′s development.

 

August 2 2011

6451B Class Resources

In this post you will find Internet Resources referenced during the ConfigMgr 2007 Class.

 

 

MyITForum.com
RegkeytoMof 3.0 and Instructions on Using Regkey to Mof
List of tools and scripts for ConfigMgr
Admin Studio for Configuration Manager 2007
Troubleshooting "Waiting on Content"
Jason Lewis Blog – SCUP and DCM
Example Afterbackup.bat
OSD on Technet
Step by Step OSD on Technet
Quest Management Xtensions