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My laptop housing my life in entirety decided to go south this last weekend, cant blame it because I wanted it to do things that not even normal people :) but it corrupted and could not get it going no matter what I tried. Imagining what I would loose (my POC's, Couple of VM's and lots and lots of documentation) pushed me to try anything short of reinstall. After toiling for about an hour looking for solution, I ended up at http://neosmart.net/wiki/di... ...
Unless you've been living in the caves of Lascaux for the past couple of days, you probably know what's happening in the world of Windows Phone. Microsoft unveiled the developer tools required to develop applications and games for Windows Phone 7 at MIX10 a couple of days back. Silverlight and XNA being the major frameworks, no big surprise there. And the best news of all is that all the development tools are free! So if you are planning to develop apps for Windows Phone 7, read on. The first place, ...
I have to say that in most of my time as a network engineer I have had the opportunity to play with servers, but mostly it's been to put our management software on, and that was about it. I have been a Systems Network Engineer for about three months now, and as such I have been respnosible for the configuration of our test devices... this being said, I have had to start working through how to configure and apply such things as GPO through a new forest, domain and OU. I have configured about three ...
In the last two days have been trying remove “Iolo System Mechanic Professional” (With anti-virus and FireWall) from 3 of the 5 pc’s we have (3 lap tops and two Desk tops) as it was going to expire on the 13th. So I could replace them with a free anti-virus (AVG) and just use the windows fire wall. I have been using the same set up on one of my desk tops (XP Pro) for 8 months and one of the Lap tops (Vista) for 5 months. The problem was that System Mechanic did not want to go. Even after using the ...
Surface is magic. Everyone using it seems to think that way. And I have to be honest, after working for almost 2 years with the platform I still get that special feeling the moment I turn on the unit to do some more work. The whole user experience, the rich environment of the SDK, the touch, even the look and feel of the Surface environment is so much different from the stuff I’ve been working on all my career that I am still bewildered by it. But… and this is a big but.. in the end we’re still talking ...
I have recently needed a screen capture tool for my Mac and remembered that TechSmith had recently launched SnagIt, the only screen capture tool for Windows in my eyes, for the Mac. SnagIt is an amazing tool and the fact that it comes with an image editor makes it that much nicer. Well needless to say, TechSmith again has out done themselves with Snagit for the Mac. The interface very much fits the Mac UX. I was seriously worried about that because the Windows version definitely fit Windows well ...

Well, in the past we had ADAM – which has migrated to AD LDS for Windows – under Vista, we really only had a hack to get it (ADAM) running on Vista.

Now, we have it for both Server and Client – and it’s known as Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services – aka LDAP!!

Download details: AD LDS for Windows7

An important announcement from Microsoft: As announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. To help ensure your Windows Vista PCs stay secure and up to date, make sure they are running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or SP2. If you are running Windows XP, stay more secure by moving to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) or migrating to Windows 7. If you are ...
I am a powershell user. I use it in testing apps, mostly to either actually work with IE (automated testing) or to configure environments for testing (this can save tons of time and is very repeatable). Powershell is incredibly handy. I was nodding my head very excitedly when I heard Windows 7 would ship with it standard on some versions. “Perfect!” thought I. I got my Windows 7 and installed it at work (I actually paid for this) b/c it seems to me that XP 64 isn't supported very well and Windows ...
This is not a new topic for most of us, however there are aspects of using Virtual Machines that are applicable to us as developers and consultants that are not often discussed. As a consultant, when I begin a new project I want to be able to turn over my work and an established proven development environment to the client at the end of the project. With a VM I can give them the exact system I used, with all of the configuration and tooling intact. (Licensing can be a tricky issue so be sure you ...
Custom Actions can be a simple way to add needed UI elements to the Visual Studio Setup Project, without having to get your hands dirty. However, Windows Vista and Windows 7 push those Custom Action forms into the background of your installer package, which can be a neusance for the person performing the install. I found this code posted on the MSDN Community Forums and loved its simplicity. I have refactored a bit, but full credit goes to user; Funday for this approach. You'll find a link to the ...
Browser compatibility can create plenty of headaches. IE Tester DebugBar free web browser that allows you to have the rendering and JavaScript engines of IE8 beta 2, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process. URL: http://www.my-debugbar.com/... ...
UPDATE 15 February 2010 : See Virtual PC Guy's Blog here for a crucial item of information about the Windows Startup repair not restoring the Hyper-V service as an automated service. Basically once you reboot, although the o/s loads, you cannot run any virtual machines. To resolve this you should remote login to the Hyper-V Server (or direct for Windows Sever 2008 R2) and execute the following command; bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto I had recently successfully used Gnome Partition Editor ...
Phil Lieberman from Lieberman Software talked with us at PDC 2009 about their business, being a Microsoft partner and also the benefits of getting your product certified. Be sure to watch to the end to hear the great comment Phil makes about Windows XP and Windows 7. Video Link - http://channel9.msdn.com/po... Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation My Blog ...
AS you already know SharePoint 2010 is in Beta release and it only supported for 64-bit OS. I am sorry for them who are looking for a SP2010 version for 32-bit OS. Here i will explain what you need to do to prepare your environment before installing SP2010 Physical Machine: As you already know that SharePoint can be install in 64-bit Windows 7 so your physical machine can be with the following configuration: Processor: 64-bit, four-core, 2.5 GHz minimum per core Ram: 4 GB for developer or evaluation ...
What is Trac and why would you want it? I have already documented in a previous blog how I restored my Trac backup from hosted-projects.com (see http://geekswithblogs.net/t... but given I also mentioned my use of Trac in a recent presentation at the .NET developers conference, DDD8, (see http://geekswithblogs.net/t... I thought it only proper to document how to install both SubVersion and Trac from scratch on a new Windows system. ...
Introduction In September 2006 I made a major decision on my company Source Code Management (SCM) strategy and signed up with http://www.hosted-projects.... which provide a hosted solution for SubVersion, Trac and Bugzilla. A few years earlier, I’d already moved my SCM from SourceSafe to SubVersion hosted on my own server on a local network. However, I really wanted to move to a hosted provider so I could have remote access to the SCM without worrying about firewall configuration and software updates, ...
On the surface it seems like a simple task. Microsoft has provided some fantastic tools and capabilities with XP, Vista and Windows 7 Media Center. To maximize the functions that you will most likely want to leverage I highly recommend connecting your Media Center to an XBox 360. If you are only wanting to leverage the out of the box features of Media Center then any media extender will work fine. However, if you are looking to stream video from the internet using a service like PlayOn you will need ...
I like using ASMX Web Services (WS)in my code -- either creating them or just calling them. (Yes, I use Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) also). One of the best features of the WS call is that the object model can be exposed to allow the caller to return specific results that need no additional parsing. This does not hold up, however, if the result is returned in a string of raw XML as the result may require additional parsing to be of best use. Here is an example of calling Web Services where: ...
Happy New Year 2010 from SilverlightCream! In this Issue: Fredrik Normén, Damon Serji, Gavin Wignall, András Velvárt, Vibor Cipan, and CrocusGirl. Shoutouts: The Silverlight Team Blog has an interactive customizable New Year's card up for your use: Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year from the Silverlight team I've added a WebCam/Mic tag to Silverlight Cream, and tagged 13 prior posts, so you can now search for them on the search page. From SilverlightCream.com: WCF RIA Services – Dynamically ...
For outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, the maps that are the most useful in the UK, (and most widely available) are the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 series. These 2.5inches to 1mile scale are the best when it comes to looking for rights of way, or checking the contours of a mountain for route finding.Despite having a small collection of such maps, there will always be occasions when you only need a small section, or you just don't have the required map in your possession. Although this mapping ...
UPDATE 10 May 2010 : I finally discovered where the Remote Desktop team documented this process last December and thought it might be useful; blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/... UDPATE 20 February 2010 : Sorry for how long the final solution took to discover, but thanks to Aaron Parker's blog entry at http://blog.stealthpuppy.com we now have the final missing pieces that allow remote applications to be hosted within a standard Windows XP SP3 virtual machine. ...
This nugget was generated by a fellow developer from the London .Net User Group who was trying to use multiple monitors with a virtual machine running under VirtualBox. His guest operating system was Windows 7, and he was attaching from a Windows XP host operating system. I did suggest he might look at VMWare Workstation to run guest operating systems and this happily supports multiple monitors, even if the monitors are different sizes. Even the latest free VMWare Player can handle multiple monitors, ...
There’s been a lot of press in the last 24 hours concerning MSN China’s apparent (and now acknowledged) theft of code and copying of design from Taiwan’s Plurk microblogging service for the beta of its own Juku service. Turns out the work was outsourced to an external vendor which, in turn, was the source of the plagiarism. Microsoft, in a public statement, said “in the wake of this incident, Microsoft and our MSN China joint venture will be taking a look at our practices around applications code ...
As a consultant, I frequently move my laptop between networks. Most of the time leaving everything set to ‘automatic’ e.g. using DHCP to configure all of my lan settings at boot, works fine. However at home I use OpenDNS to control my children's access to the web, and to help filter out known malicious sites etc. (If you have children, or less than savvy users of any age at home I would encourage you to have a look at OpenDNS. The free account should be sufficient for most home users.) Because I ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...
I have been using Agent Ransack for a few years and find it to be a really useful tool for not only finding files quickly but seeing the line in the file that contains the text you were searching for in the first place (assuming you're searching for files based on text contained in those files). Agent Ransack added itself to the folder context menu in Windows Explorer (the pop-up menu that appears when you right-click a folder) in XP, but in Vista it didn't. I'm not sure why. Determined to get this ...
Via Mehul Harry on Twitter (http://twitter.com/MehulHa... I discovered this superbly detailed blog on how to resize a virtual partition running under VirtualBox, http://www.my-guides.net/en... There is an issue with resizing Vista paritions with the Gnome Partition Manager, but the fix for that is detailed here, http://www.howtogeek.com/ho... Resizing partitions is always a pain and I like the ...
A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ...
I had an issue recently with my SSAS 2008 performance counters - they were all showing up as 0. I could see them listed in Performance Monitor, but none of them worked. The counters for my SSAS 2005 instance worked fine, but the 2008 ones did not. I had observed this behaviour on my old Vista x86 machine and now it was happening on a fresh install of Windows 7 x64. I tried numerous steps to troubleshoot this issue including going through this detailed blog post from the CSS SQL Server Engineers blog, ...
The second day keynote at PDC 2009 in Lost Angeles was shared by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. Steven is the President of Windows and Windows Live Division and it really must have been a great day for him as he came out for the first time in a major conference with the new Windows 7 launched and the old Vista problems just fading away into Microsoft’s past. There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 and there is excitement for the new Windows 7 APIs that are available for developers to work ...
I came across this PC Mag article and figured I’d share it with you. My primary reason for doing so is to provide additional ammunition to those developers out there who want to upgrade to Windows 7 but management is hesitant to do so. I’ll leave reading the article to you but here are the six reasons stated in the article. 1. Windows XP 2. Stability and Compatibility 3. Aging Hardware 4. Vista: A 3-Year Beta Test 5. Smaller, More Agile Companies 6. Business Demand To me the most significant item ...
Some time ago I was asked to fix the following issue on a MS Vista Home Premium SP1 desktop: a user would be constantly getting a black or blank screen after booting into the PC. After doing some initial research first using the most popular search engines I was not able to arrive to the proper solution. How I did resolved it: I noticed that I can click Ctrl-Shift-Esc after the OS booted to get to the Windows Task Manager. What stroke me was that Explorer.exe process was not listed in it! As a side ...
Microsoft recently held their Windows 7 Launch event in St. Louis where I was very fortunate to be able to deliver the Windows 7 introduction to developers track (opposite Mike Benkovich from BenkoTips.com). This St. Louis event was held at the AMC Theater’s in Creve Coeur, Missouri and supposedly drew 1200 local IT resources (roughly 600 for the developer track and 600 for the IT pro track but I didn’t get an exact count from anyone). I was involved with the developer track and in my auditorium ...
Well I have been using WVPC for Windows 7 RTM for about a week now and there are a few things I like and a few things I don’t. First off, why at the end of 2009 do we still not have a “multiple monitor” story that doesn’t require me to put quotations around the words. This RDP style of one giant monitor span across your two monitors is not a solution, it hasn’t been since it came out. Secondly, What *flicker* is *flicker* up *flicker* with *flicker* all *flicker* the *flicker* flickering? I have ...
I like it when Microsoft bridges its technologies out to other platforms. I like the PHP Driver for SQL Server and the samples in the PHP On Windows Training Kit so much that I did a whole session on them at VSLive! last month. The ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria) bridges for PHP and Java are very exciting to me. The Silverlight plug-in for Eclipse, the Azure SDK for Java, and the Windows 7 support for Eclipse are all good stuff. To add to these recent developments, Microsoft has announced its acquisition ...
I have been converting my current client’s development environment to a VPC instead of taking over my main machine as we did to get the project kicked off. I decided to go with Windows Virtual PC now that it has RTMed, but quite a bit has changed. Once I had Windows 7 installed and VS 2008 configured, I started looking for a multiple monitor solution for VPCs. In the past, I had just lived with the limitation of running virtual and not getting the benefit of dual monitors. This time I wanted something ...
After reading Tim Anderson’s blog article (here) on his installation of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 I glibly added a comment that R2 now includes PowerShell 2.0 for local management of virtual machines using PowerShell scripts. Of course, I hadn’t actually tried this before commenting .... Why would you want to use scripting on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 If you have never installed Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 you may not realise the limited options provided by the local management tool. Based on Windows Server ...
This is a follow up to my usergroup presentation I recently did for Gold Coast Usergroup recently. I have many emails, ok just 2 asking me to document my presentation so they can get started developing with windows Azure. before you get started you need to make sure your development machine is running, Vista or Windows Server 2008 or my favorite windows 7, you also need to have IIS 7.0 with WCF HTTP activation installed. Next you will need to have Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Web Developer Express. ...
This is part 2 of my series on the jQuery UI Dialog. Part 1 – The Default Dialog covered the most basic usage of the dialog widget. In this second part I will demonstrate a simple modal dialog. A modal dialog is a dialog that takes focus, and disables the rest of the application until it is closed. They are used to force the user to acknowledge something, or to gather some input. It is worth pointing out that modal dialogs can be annoying for users so you should consider carefully if it is absolutely ...
How time flies! Monthly Guild meetings, several code camps, an MVP Summit and oh yeah, that mobility app we did at work. We consumed 2008 and much of 2009 working with Microsoft on a serious development effort using Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Sync Framework, SQL Server CE, Windows Mobile 6, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Communication Framework, Windows Workflow, LINQ – have I left anything out? Learning our application requirements put Microsoft and the end of the fire hose for a ...
The CERunApp application can be downloaded from: Download CERunApp.exe Note: in Part 3 I have included an updated version of this exe The CERunApp source code can be downloaded from: Download CERunApp source code Note: in Part 3 I have included an updated version of the source code In Windows CE: Using RAPI to Run Applications (Part 1) I wrote about starting this project to create a copy of the Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys application RAPIStart. In this article I will continue by creating ...
Like many developers I have chosen to upgrade to Windows 2008 to test enterprise scenarios. I have a virtual environment that I want to test in isolation from my local machine. I'm currently trying to test some email functionality that will notify users in a windows workflow. In Windows 2003 this is really easy to do because you have the ability to setup a POP3 server to setup one or more email accounts to test this type of functionality. Unfortunately, I discovered two key missing features in Windows ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: KarelD_MSFT (Expert)[2009-10-27 11:58]: Karel Danihelka - Developer in Partner Response Team. davbo_msft (Moderator)[2009-10-27 11:59]: Our chat today covers the topic of Windows ...
Researchers continue to challenge Apple’s security by obscurity position and highlights that Windows Vista and Windows 7 are more secure than the recently released Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I always love perspectives like these from top researchers that are not in the tank for Microsoft. Check out these articles: Apple missed security boat with Snow Leopard, says researcher http://www.computerworld.co... ...
The Shape conference is a new web technologies oriented conference organized by Microsoft Switzerland. It is held in Zurich Oerlikon, and has two tracks, one design-oriented and one development-oriented. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Windows Vista is the OS everyone loved to hate. Its replacement by Windows 7 is welcomed by just about everyone, and the initial reviews are excellent. Thank goodness. But let’s not let this go unanalyzed. “Beasta” is dead, but a post mortem is necessary. Let’s be factual about matters: when run on a decent PC (by late-2006 standards), that was designed for it, with the OS and all drivers pre-installed, Vista ran just fine, especially the 64-bit version. Yes, Vista used a lot of memory and CPU. Yes, ...
UPDATE – 12th November 2013 - Windows 8 instructions In a tale worthy of the business book Who Moved My Cheese Microsoft have relocated the graphic equalizer yet again to another hidden section of Windows Media Player. It may be still be versioned Windows Media Player 12 but it’s not quite the same. First, load Windows Media Player, and navigate to the now playing view with Ctrl+3. This is the smallest minimalist view. You now need to hover at the bottom of the pane, and right click somewhere not ...
Windows 7 has broken the Amazon UK pre-order volume record, ousting Harry Potter. Just read this post from Vladislav Savov on engadget.com. Here’s what they said: “Take it from us, your London-based sleuths, when anything sells faster than Harry Potter books or DVDs in the UK, it's scorching hot. Case in point is Microsoft's Vista successor, which has sold so well that it has beaten the Amazon UK pre-order record previously held by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, Windows ...
I was going to blog the AWESOME new install and configure for TFS 2010 Beta2 but Martin beat me to it. If you have tried to install TFS in the past, you will definitely appreciate the simplicity and reliability of the new install and configuration processes. Install Configure Technorati Tags: VS2010,Beta 2 ...