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One of the niggling points of getting ready for IP6 is that on some Windows 7 installations (but not all) the local loopback address gets returned as :::1 instead of 127.0.0.1. The :::1 is a valid IP6 address and can be returned even if still using IP4 addressing. The fix for it involves editing the hosts file. On a Windows 7 box this is located in two places but the one to edit is the one in C:\Windows\System32\drivers... To edit this file you need to run Notepad as an administrator. The easiest ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
For Microsoft these days, great things are happening at the macro level, and yet there’s fits-and-starts progress down below. This year’s Tech Ed North America conference represented, in event-form, that very duality. On the one hand, this was the largest Tech Ed in my memory, with 10,000 attendees. But the customary Microsoft 2-day, all-morning keynote format was shortened to a Day 1, 90-minute talk on Cloud and Visual Studio. Microsoft’s cloud push reached an almost fever pitch; but various new ...
Hyper-V Virtual Machines Advantage: 64-bit support dynamic memory allocation multi-core CPU Can install Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and later Disadvantage: Can't get sound to work on those machines yet [Updated 2011-05-05] This is disappointing, but I guess it fits most people's requirement as most people don't use Hyper-V for personal development environment. Guess I'll just have to set up those machines for remote connect. http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jo... ...
Just had a stupid fake anti virus software program try to infect my computer. Two scary things about it; first, it tried to present itself as a legitimate operation by Microsoft trying to copy a file while browsing images of a band in Bing using IE9. I got the User Access Control (UAC) prompt (that thing that pops up and grays out the rest of your screen) twice. After telling it no twice, it crashed IE then presented itself not just as the fake anti virus software but also with its own fake “Action ...
Today I was working on the mvc app I am building for a customer. We need to send email from the app so I used the system.net.mail feature in .Net. As part of this, I need a Windows 7 smtp server. So I found the smtp4dev app on codeplex. I found it on this nice blog http://social.technet.micro... Check out the notes titled “Mikeyyyy, this is how I made it work on Windows 7 64-bit with IIS 7.5 I hope it helps.” a good ways ...
First, let me clarify the “killing kittens” statement. A couple of years back, I had a chance of attending a sessions presented by Todd Klindt and Shane Young on SharePoint Installation and to raise awareness of how little control, and not to say the limitations, of installing in Standalone mode, they would state “Everytime a SharePoint Standalone Installation happens, God kills a kitten”. Ok, now on to the rest of the purpose of the post. Assumption: SQL Server 2008 R2 is already installed on the ...
Ahhh, the beauty of having Windows Live Writer on the mac again, I love it. So when I bought this machine, I said I would never run Boot Camp, Parallels, or Fusion on it because it only has 2GB of ram that is not upgradeable and who can run a VM with under a 1GB ram dedicated? Well the answer is Windows 7 Starter Edition. How did I come to that conclusion, trial and error. We are prepping for a big event at TechEd 2011 (the announcement will be coming soon) and I needed Windows Live Writer on my ...
I have been an avid reader all of my life. Everything from SciFi and Fantasy to Technical Books and a little of everything in between. Being a geek, I was of course an early adopter of eBooks. Over time my eBook collection became huge, on the order of over 10,000 books and publications. Long before I reached that point I needed a way to manage that collection. After several different attempts I finally settled on a program called Calibre (pronounced cali-ber according to the developer) which I have ...
Imagina que tenemos una aplicación corporativa para completar tareas como el registro de los gastos del empleado por ejemplo. Todo parece indicar que esta aplicación va a utilizarse mucho durante la semana y poco durante el fin de semana. Se puede ahorrar bastante dinero en la factura mensual de Azure reduciendo el número de instancias en ejecución dependiendo del calendario. Esta clase de escalado es fácil de implementar en Azure utilizando cmdlets PowerShell y el programador de tareas incluido ...
I am in the proccess of putting together a demo machine. i arleady have a Windows 7 VM with the essentials for SharePoint Deveopment. But I spent some part of the weekend putting together a demo machine and after some thinking I decided to share some points that you might want to consider when putting together a Development or Demo machine as a SharePoint Developer\Consultant. I also welcome any comments and opinions or rebuttles to any of these points. I spent some time and put together a WIndows ...
In many respects is not really fair to compare these two products, as they are mostly targeted toward two different markets, however, the HP Slate 500 is the best offering that Microsoft and it’s partners have put forward to compete head-on with Apple and the rapidly growing tablet/slate market. As way of background I have been a Windows Tablet PC user since the product was first released as an extended version of Windows XP. I started by testing a Panasonic Toughbook convertible, moved on to what ...
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Introduction I recently came across a handy tool that can be used as a setup bootstrapper for windows. Its called dotNetInstaller and can be found at http://dotnetinstaller.code... This tool allows the user to distribute a single compressed, executable packaged setup with all the pre-requisites. It is very customisable. For the purposes of demonstration i will use the scenario that we encountered with our software distribution: We have 4 pre-requisites that need to be checked and installed ...
As I posted earlier on getting the Azure PowerShell CmdLts to install and such on Windows 7, working with the Azure MMC is also another item that requires a tad of a workaround to get it going. If you attempt to install, you will run into the first roadblock of the OS being a non-supported OS. The way around that is to find the working installation folder for Azure MMC (normally, C:\WindowsAzureMMC). Once there, then we need to look for the setup folder, inside the setup folder we will look for Dependencies.xml. ...
Back in August I blogged about an issue I was having with VS.NET 2010. I had installed it on a clean pave of Windows 7 64-bit, but I was getting weird issues with the designer for ASP.NET and I couldn’t add EF files into my projects. The weirdest part was that when I went to the properties of my project, the framework version drop list was empty…no frameworks, 2, 3, 3.5, or 4, were listed! Now to be sure, my graphics above are tongue in cheek, and the VS.NET team has actually been fantastic in reaching ...
Problem I noticed a new feature that was first introduced in SQL Server 2005, which is the Emergency state for a database. It looks that it may facilitate dealing with a suspect database. How can I use the Emergency state for a database effectively while working with a suspect database? Solution During a disaster recovery process, the Emergency state provides flexibility to perform several operations on a corrupt/suspect database. When a database is put in the Emergency state, it makes three major ...
I just installed my PC with Windows 7 64bit, Microsoft Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2010. I was trying something and I have decided to use Microsoft Access as my database, After a few minutes I found my self scratching my head because I cannot Connect My App to my MS Access Database because of thess errors "The setup routines for the Microsoft Access Driver(*.mdb, *.accdb) ODBC driver could not be found. Please reinstall the driver" Errors Found: The specified DSN contains an architecture mismatch ...
Let me start with this disclaimer: this is not a supported environment. You may/will run into problems and then you’re on your own. Microsoft will not help you here. If you want to develop for Surface (v1, that is, since that’s the only one available at this time of writing) you will have to use Windows Vista 32bit and Visual Studio 2008 Pro or higher. So, that’s out of the way. Let’s return to the real world. I am, of course, running Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. After ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Damon Payne(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, John Papa, Beth Massi, Michael Crump, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jorge Peraza, and Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Delay Binding Updates within a certain Context" Damon Payne Blend: "Phone Tools reaches Beta!" Shawn Wildermuth Blend: "Blend Bits 26–Use Libraries for Assemblies" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: If you're in the UK, Mike Ormond announced a new set of WP7 Workshops: New Windows Phone 7 Workshops I met Gregor ...
How can we get SMTP to work on Windows 7 (Development Environment) as we used to just be able to turn it on for a windows XP box. SMTP isn't included in Windows 7 by default. But you can install Remote Server Administration Tools that includes SMTP Server Tools for Windows 7. It enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 but it can be installed ONLY on computers that are running the Enterprise, Professional, ...
I have had to rebuild my Windows 7 PC and all has gone fairly well until I tried to connect to a Samba share on a legacy Linux box running Redhat 8. No matter what combination of domain / user /password I would just see the same message of: "The specified network password is not correct." This is a misleading error, very annoying and a little confusing until I found a hint that Windows 7 default authentication was not supported on older Samba implementations. I guess I figured this out once before ...
The much anticipated RTM release of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) happened today. IE9 preview release was first showcased at MIX 2010 and post that there were 7-8 Platform Preview releases. Also, IE9 Beta came out in September 2010 with close to 10 million downloads within a month. More recently, the RC version was out with much improved performance. Today, marks the launch of IE9 RTM. What this means is that, within an year, the IE Team has shipped the stable product, much faster than the earlier cycles ...
In this Issue: Lazar Nikolov, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Pete Brown, Jessica Foster, Chris Rouw, Andy Beaulieu, and Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A Silverlight Resizable TextBlock (and other resizable things)" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Retrofitting the Trial API" Jessica Foster Shoutouts: Rudi Grobler has a post up that's not Silverlight, but it's cool stuff you may be interested in: WPF Themes now available on NuGet From SilverlightCream.com: Simulating rain in Silverlight ...
VS2010 SP1 is now available see: http://www.microsoft.com/do... http://weblogs.asp.net/jgal... Please note the warning: "Note: Do not install this service pack if you have downloaded and installed the stand-alone ‘Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (Windows SDK v7.1)’ and you are using the x64 or IA64 compilers that were included ...

I just started running OS X within a virtual environment on my Windows 7 system. I realize that people have been doing this for years, in some fashion or another. But this is the first time that I have done it myself. Still very cool.

In my previous blogpost I informed you about the issues with Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, concerning NTFS handling. To get some more insight in the problem I tried to find the source of the behavior by using Sysinternals Process Monitor (My favorite tool). With this tool you can see the issue happening, but unfortunately it does not bring us the solution of the problem.
Yippie: IE 9s coming out March 14!: http://windowsteamblog.com/... For you guys that love other browsers that’s ok. Personally I love IE for many reasons such as ease of use and stability. I am cranked up to see what IE 9 does as it was retooled from the start. So this one should be big. Also, its bringing HTML 5 support now so we can have much richer applications. Its about time that HTML was revved to move from the old text ...
Disclosure: I performed the following activities on my Windows 7 SP1 system, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and a local Basic installation of TFS 2010. As with any deployment of a service pack into a server environment, take your recommended precautions and be aware of the changes you are putting in. With that said, make sure you backup your databases, and that you have an exit/rollback strategy in the event of an unexpected situation. Team Foundation Server 2010 Service Pack 1 corresponds to KB2182621. ...
I have been using the various versions of the Microsoft Windows product line since NT4 and I really thought I knew the ins and outs about the NTFS filesystem by now. There were always a few rules of thumb to understand what happens if you move data around. These rules were: "If you copy data, the copied data will inherit the permissions of the location it is being copied to. The same goes for moving data between disk partitions. Only when you move data within the same partition, the permissions are ...
As of today, I will be partnering with Sevensteps when it comes to developing great Surface, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 Touch applications. Below you’ll find the press release we sent out today. I am looking forward to this partnership and expect great things coming from us both in the future! Dennis Vroegop, Microsoft MVP, joins Sevensteps partner network 1 March 2011, Seattle / Amersfoort Today Dennis Vroegop and Bart Roozendaal, both Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Surface, ...
For most people, upgrading to Windows 7 has been a relatively painless process. Not me. I am in the unlucky 1% or less who had a somewhat less pleasant experience. First, I cloned my entire hard drive onto a larger (and much faster) solid state hard drive, only experiencing minimal problems. Then, I bought the Retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate, took a deep breath and... oh yeah, I almost forgot - BACK UP THE COMPUTER. The next morning I upgraded to Win 7 and everything seemed fine, until... I ...
The reason I pose this question is that I'm looking at WPF development and so using the latest version seems sensible. However, this means rolling out the .NET 4 runtime to PCs on old versions of the framework. Windows XP is still the number one O/S (estimated 40%+ market share). To run .NET 4 on XP requires Service Pack 3, and although it is good practice to move to the latest service packs, often large companies are slow to keep up due to the extensive testing involved. In fact, .NET 4 is not installed ...
User interfaces and user experience design is a fast moving field. It’s something that changes pretty quick: what feels fresh today will look outdated tomorrow. I remember the day I first got a beta version of Windows 95 and I felt swept away by the user interface of the OS. It felt so modern! If I look back now, it feels old. Well, it should: the design is 17 years old which is an eternity in our field. Of course, this is not limited to UI. Same goes for many industries. I want you to think back ...
On the MSMQ front, only two hotfixes are listed: 2028997 - FIX: Message Queuing may become unresponsive in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 974813 - FIX: You cannot send or receive messages by using Message Queuing 4.0 or Message Queuing 5.0 after you configure the BindInterfaceIP registry entry. from a total of 625 documented for the service pack. There may, of course, be undocumented changes where an update was not previously released separately and so has no associated KB article published. ...
Wednesday, HP pre-announced the second coming out for its recently acquired Palm webOS mobile operating system. I happen to think webOS is quite good, and when the Palm Pre first came out, I thought it a worthwhile phone. I was worried though that the platform would never attract the developer mindshare it needed to be competitive, and that turned out to be the case. But then HP acquired Palm and announced it would be revamping the webOS offering, not only on phones, but also on tablets. It later ...
This short list is what I consider to be the “cream-of-the-crop” in developer conferences. This is also a list of the conferences that I plan on attending in 2011. If you feel your conference is just as good, then shoot me an email at [michael[at]michaelcrump[do... and if possible I will check it out. In-Person Event Las Vegas on April 18th-22nd, 2011 Redmond on October 17th-21st, 2011 Orlando on December 5th-9th, 2011 Visual Studio Live – I attended this event in November of last year and blogged ...
I’m working on several large posts right now. So in the interim, I’ve decided to do shorter posts that contain something I find very helpful. This is the first. I’ve been using Windows 7 since April 2010. It’s the first OS I’ve ever worked with that I actually enjoy. I’ve used many over the years (KERNAL; PC DOS; MS-DOS 3.x+; Windows 3.0, 3.11, 95, 98, 98 SE, Me, NT 3.51, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7; various GNU/Linux distros starting with Debian 1.2 – most recently Ubuntu 10.04; ProDOS, Mac OS 9.X, ...
This week I faced an interesting problem on a Windows 7 Development PC. I have run MakeLog (http://commondata.codeplex... sucessfully on my PC but my colleague could not run it sucessfully. Both of us are local administrators, so what I could do on my PC, he should have been able to do. The cure was to turn UAC completely off and re-boot. Once re-booted, the installation ran without incident. While I would never suggest turning off UAC normally, on development PCs, it is a liability ...
One of our users was having difficulties with their mac and using some web software. I decided to go peruse the landscape and see how much of a premium people were paying for their macs. I priced out a Dell and a Mac from their websites. I tried to get them as close to the same configuration, from a hardware standpoint, as I could. I found the following: Apple Macbook Pro Dell XPS 17 There are several important differences in the hardware: The mac doesn’t have a blueray player, but the dell does. ...
[you can still register if you are free on the afternoons of 9th to 11th – UK time] We have 50+ registrations with more coming in – which is fantastic. Please read on to make the most of the training. Background We have structured the training to make sure that you can still learn lots during the three days even if you do not have SharePoint 2010 installed. Additionally the course is based around a subset of the channel 9 training to allow you to easily dig deeper or look again at specific areas. ...
Just thought I would get a couple of notes up here for reference to anyone that is interested...it is now Feb 2011 and I have not been posting here enough to remember this blog. Back in Nov 2010 I ordered the Ti launchpad msp430, it is a little target board kit replete with a mini USB cable, two very inexpensive programmable mcu's and a couple of pin headers with a couple of led's on board, a spi connector some on board jumpers and two programmable micro switches....all for less than $5.00...INCLUDING ...
It’s been quiet around here. And the reason for that is that it’s been quiet around Surface for a while. Now, a lot of people assume that when a product team isn’t making too much noise that must mean they stopped working on their product. Remember the PDC keynote in 2010? Just because they didn’t mention WPF there a lot of people had the idea that WPF was dead and abandoned for Silverlight. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The same applies to Surface. While we didn’t hear much ...
One of the useful features of Windows Explorer is the ability to add additional targets to the SendTo list. With windows 7, getting at the Send To directory in Windows 7 need some help. Please see http://www.howtogeek.com/ho... on how to do this. Once you have the send to directory, just add the shortcut to it. In my case I located the ILDASM utility, created a short cut on the desktop and moved it to the send-to directory. Now what is ILDASM? ...
I’ve been running Windows 7 for only a short time now. But in that, as a developer, I find that I avoid doing my development on my actual desktop. Specifically, I have several customers today that run different versions of BizTalk Server from 2004 to 2009. In addition, many of these customers require you to install VPN software that can wreck havoc with your most critical hardware asset you bring to the table, your personal laptop. Let us examine a typical work flow that I have encountered several ...
Note to #1024 Swag Winners: I'm sending emails to the vendors Sunday night, thanks for your patience (a few of you have not contacted me yet) In this Issue: Ezequiel Jadib, Daniel Egan(-2-), Page Brooks, Jason Zander, Andrej Tozon, Marlon Grech, Jonathan van de Veen, Walt Ritscher, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Sacha Barber, William E. Burrows, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Building a Radar Control in Silverlight - Part 1" Page Brooks WP7: "Tutorial: Dynamic Tile Push Notification ...
I’m just back from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I go to CES to get a sense of what Microsoft is doing in the consumer space, and how people are reacting to it. When I first went to CES 2 years ago, Steve Ballmer announced the beta of Windows 7 at his keynote address, and the crowd went wild. When I went again last year, everyone was hoping for a Windows tablet announcement at the Ballmer keynote. Although they didn’t get one (unless you count the unreleased HP Slate running Windows 7), ...
First of all, I haven’t been updating this blog as regularly as it used to be. Primarily, due to the fact that, I was visiting a lot of cities talking about SharePoint, Web Matrix, IE9 and few other stuff. IE9 is my new found love and I simply think we have done great work in improving the browser and browsing experiences for our users. This post would talk about IE, general things happening around the web and few misconceptions around IE (I had earlier written about IE8 and common myths ) When you ...
In this Heavy and yet incomplete Issue: Mike Wolf, Walter Ferrari, Colin Eberhardt, Mathew Charles, Don Burnett, Senthil Kumar, cherylws, Rob Miles, Derik Whittaker, Thomas Martinsen(-2-), Jason Ginchereau, Vishal Nayan, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Automatically Showing ToolTips on a Trimmed TextBlock (Silverlight)" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Windows Phone Blue Book Pdf" Rob Miles Sharepoint/Silverlight: "Discover Sharepoint with Silverlight - Part 1" Walter Ferrari Shoutouts: ...