Burn an ISO-image to CD or DVD

Many people asked me how to burn the cd or dvd from ISO files downloaded from MS site for software installations….


"Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools"




Download rktools.exe and install it.


Steps to burn an ISO-image

To burn a CD/DVD from an image file when a drive letter is assigned to the CD/DVD burner type the following at the command line:

cdburn.exe d: c:\your_iso_file.iso for CD ; use Dvdburn.exe  For DVD.

Press ENTER.

Output similar to the following is displayed:

Number of blocks in ISO image is 2a4e2 – 100.0% done

Finished Writing Synchronizing Cache: burn successful!


Notes: The drive letter assigned to the burner in this example is D and the image file being written is located at c:\iso_2003.iso The default burn speed for this tool is 4x with the maximum burn speed being determined by the speed of the burner. Use the speed parameter to set the burn speed. The max parameter sets the burn speed of the CD/DVD burner to maximum.




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Step by Step Procedure to Implement SQL Server Transactional Replication with Oracle as Publisher

I come across interesting article which provides the step by step details to create Transactional Replication with Oracle as Publisher by Gurwinderjit Singh
SE, Microsoft SQL Server…
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Parallelism bugs in SQL 2008

I believe parallelism was introduced in SQL Server 7.0 but since then we encountered many issues with it.
Still there are bugs/issues with parallalism, please check the post by Aaron Bertrand

Six reasons you should be nervous about parallelism

Don’t get me wrong; parallel processing is great.  And with SQL Server in particular, there are many benefits to taking advantage of the power of multiple CPUs.  However, we have all had cases where what looked like parallelism was actually hurting us (you remember turning off hyperthreading on SQL Server boxes, right?), and cases where long CXPACKET waits completely defeated the purpose of speeding up the query with parallelism in the first place … often making the query take longer than it would with a MAXDOP 1 query hint, or in some cases run away completely, never to be seen again.


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SQL Server 2005 SP3 through Microsoft Update now supports clustering

SQL Server 2005 SP3 through Microsoft Update now supports clustering

On March 24th, we revised the SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Microsoft Update logic to offer when a clustered instance is detected. When the logic was originally released, the logic would not offer if an instance was detected to be clustered.




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Auditing in SQL Server 2008

Very good article about auditing in SQL 2008 written by Microsoft folks…

Auditing in SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Enterprise enhances the auditing capabilities of the server by introducing native auditing functionality into the database engine. The new SQL Server Audit feature maintains all the capabilities of the SQL Server 2005 auditing solutions and provides enhancements such as flexibility in audit data targets and granular auditing.


The SQL Server Audit feature in SQL Server 2008 is intended to replace SQL Trace as the preferred auditing solution. SQL Server Audit is meant to provide full auditing capabilities and only auditing capabilities, unlike SQL Trace which also serves for performance debugging. As a result, SQL Server Audit was designed with the following primary goals in mind:

  • Security – The audit feature, and its objects, must be truly secure.
  • Performance – Performance impact must be minimized.
  • Management – The audit feature must be easy to manage.
  • Discoverability – Audit-centric questions must be easy to answer.



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Did you know who is in the highest position in the World?

I got the following interesting mail from one my friend, here it is…
Did you know who is in the highest position in the World?
President Barack Obama?
UN Secretary General?

Wonder No Longer…
scroll downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southern India is the cult hero of Dubai ‘s army of construction workers.

Known as the "Indian on the top of the world", Babu is the crane operator at the world’s tallest building , the 819-meter Burj Dubai. His office, the cramped crane cab perched on top of the Burj, is also his home. Apparently it takes too long to come down to the ground each day to make it worthwhile.  When the building is completed, its elevators will be the world’s fastest.  

Stories about his daily dalliance with death are discussed in revered terms by Dubai ‘s workers. Some say he has been up there for more than a year, others whisper that he’s paid 30,000 dirhams ($8,168) a month compared with the average wage of 800 dirhams a month. All agree he’s worth it.
Infor about Burj Dubai…
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Backup, Integrity Check and Index Optimization for SQL Server 2005 and 2008

Ola Hallengren, has a great scripts that helps to automate consistency checks, backups, and index maintenance. Those who don’t want to write and to use free code then this the right script. Check out the latest version at  SQL Server 2005 and 2008 – Backup, Integrity Check and Index Optimization.

Posted in SQL Server 2008 | 56 Comments