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Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

The ice storm the other day not only knocked out my servers but also caused one of my raid arrays to die and temporarily take this blog down.  I decided to pull forward my migration plans for the blog.  I had planned to migrate my blog to SharePoint 2010 in the spring, but Icepocalypse 2011 forced me to bring those plans forward.

My blog used to run on an old server (physical hardware) that was 4 years old.  I had actually gone through the process of virtualizing it 2 years ago and I had it running on Virtual PC on top of a Window Server 2008 R2 machine at the time.  When the raid array died, I was forced to revert to the previous night’s backup of the VM.

Since the 4 year old server died, I had to temporarily host the blog on the next server in the Datacenter.  Unfortunately, that was only a single core (Oh my gosh!!! Surprised smile) Pentium 4 CPU at 2.8 GHz with a mere 2 GB of RAM that was (gasp!) 9 years old!!!  Since the blog was a VM, I was able to simply move the VHD over to the server and install Virtual PC and point it to the VHD and we were in business again.  I was only able to give the blog 1 GB of RAM so performance was a little slow.

I’ve since upgraded my datacenter and got a brand spanking new server.  The 8 core Intel i7 950 CPU running at 3.7 GHz with 24 GB of RAM and several TB of hard drive space over multiple disks, was humming along nicely.  I gave the new blog server 2 dedicated cores and 4 GB of RAM and now the blog is humming along like a top. Open-mouthed smile

Have I mentioned how much I love virtualization lately?  



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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