How to identify the ports used by a Windows process

If you have several services running on your Windows server you may need to check which ports they are using in order to prevent or resolve any conflicts. The first step is to obtain a list of the ports being used, this can be carried out by opening a Command Prompt and executing netstat.exe and the following switches: -a list all […]

SQL Server Central Management Server (CMS) Intro

Introduction Central Management Server (CMS) was first introduced in SQL Server 2008, it enables simplified management of multiple MS SQL database servers and instances. My screenshots are taken from SQL Server 2012 but should be relevant in SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 as well. If you are managing more than a couple of SQL instances you’ll already be aware of […]