Use Windows Authentication for SSMS as Domain User from Non-Domain Account

For those that work with Active Directory environments, but (for whatever reason) prefer to keep their computer off the domain (consultants — that’s probably you!), you DO have the option to run SQL Server Management Studio using Windows Authentication from your non-domain user account. I only recently discovered this, and I can’t believe it took […]

How to Install SQL Server Management Studio 2005 on Vista 64-bit

If you have tried to install the 64-bit version of SQL Server Management Studio on Vista 64-bit, then you have probably run into the following error: Product: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express — The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code […]

How to Copy or Move a Joomla Website

Intro If you manage one or more Joomla websites, eventually you’ll have to move them elsewhere. It’s pretty much fact.¬†Performance requirements will change, you’ll find better pricing elsewhere, your dedicated server died, etc. There are a few options most people have to choose from: FTP client and phpMyAdmin method (aka the long, boring method) SSH/Shell […]

Cloud Hosting – Scaling Websites the Easy Way

One often has to make a choice when it comes to website hosting. You weigh the variables and decide on the best solution for your hosting needs. Cloud hosting makes this decision a WHOLE lot easier. Let’s break it down. Price. You want to get the best deal possible. Shared hosting probably comes to mind […]

How-to Backup Joomla! 1.5 to Amazon S3 with Jets3t

Introduction to backing up a Joomla website to Amazon S3 storage using Jets3t. We all know backups are important. I’ve found what I consider a pretty good backup solution using Amazon S3. It’s super cheap, your backups are in a secure location, and you can get to them from anywhere. For my backup solution, I’m […]

Tips on Load Balancing a Joomla Cluster with HAProxy

For the past several weeks, I have been working with Joomla in a clustered environment. We have a single load-balancer running HAProxy that sends requests to two web servers synchronized with unison. One server is a hybrid and includes both the MySQL database as well as Apache2/PHP5. The other web server is strictly Apache2/PHP5. We […]

Dreamhost Hosting Review

Soon after I opened my own Dreamhost account, my company needed an external hosting environment for Joomla instances, and I recommended Dreamhost. I mentioned it supported unlimited domains, MySQL databases, etc., and had a large amount of space/bandwidth for any of our sub-projects within the company. They even have a One-click install for Joomla! It […]