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I set off intending to experiment with Team Foundation Server recently to potentially replace our Subversion deployment. As I built up my virtual machine for the TFS application tier I went to install the data tier on our beefy 64-bit SQL Server machine and was stopped by a problem: SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services service is installed on the data-tier ......

Recently I endeavoured to purchase a laptop on eBay. Being a relatively sophisticated user I figured I could find and discern the validity of a decent deal. I did succeed (well, waiting on the arrival at the moment is more accurate) in finding a good deal. Throughout the process, however, I received numerous unsolicited emails offering up similar items. ......

Looking to deploy the Atlas Framework to our production environment and I realized their registration script for the http handler only registers the script on the first site (site ID 1). Since we have multiple sites I thought I'd through together a more robust registration script based on my previous blog entry that I thought I'd share: 1 Option Explicit ......

Ever get the following error? “It is not possible to run two different versions of ASP.NET in the same IIS process. Please use the IIS Administration Tool to reconfigure your server to run the application in a separate process.” And of course you don't want to spend all day going through the IIS MMC dialog boxes on a web server with a large number of applications....

I've always been puzzled as to why the Web Site Administration tool shipped with ASP.NET 2.0 didn't seem to function nor error out when I had a brand new application being developed on my workstation where SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition is installed. The ASP.NET 2.0 machine configuration has a pre-defined connection string for providers which is ......

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So it's time to actually deploy a real anti-virus vendor here at the office. We've run out of our free one year trial of CA e-Trust. So we closed our eyes, and of the vendors which support all of the stuff we need (ISA Server, SharePoint, Exchange, Windows) we threw darts. Symantec got the dart and what a ride it has been. First was the challenge of ......

I really liked the original exception management block put out by Microsoft. The reason is because it included all the information relating to an exception - not just the Message property. It made production debugging a breeze. Now with ASP.NET 2.0 and Health Monitoring something similar has been created but it doesn't quite cover all the details. I ......

Development machines here use a delayed signing for building binaries. Only during the build process on the build server does a public/private key pair get used for signing assemblies. When using the unit testing features of Visual Studio 2005 we are prompted to provide a key for re-signing an assembly after instrumentation has been applied. If we provide ......

Most server administrators separate their content from their system data (at least I think they do :) ). Content that grows will from time-to-time get by the monitoring process and bring a server to a halt because there is insufficient space on the sytem drive to continue. As I built up another test server image I had a desire to delete the c:\wmpub\wmiislog ......

While building a new Exchange 2003 server I was installing Service Pack 2 and came across an interesting issue: Setup failed while installing sub-component Exchange ActiveSync with error code 0xC0070643 (please consult the installatoin logs for a detailed description). You may cancel the installation or try the failed setup again. Digging into the installation ......

I really hope Outlook 12 has a nice RSS/NNTP integration story. I use Omea Reader right now because it has provided the smoothest integration between RSS and NNTP. I find myself in Outlook Express from time to time for NNTP though because OE is quite responsive. Omea does a good job, it's just a bit sluggish at times. What would be better is to see ......

Have you ever had the need to get line numbers from an exception stack trace for an assembly in the GAC? If you work with BizTalk Server the answer is likely yes. To debug Commerce Server pipeline components which I have traditionally put custom C# pipeline components in the GAC and then registered for COM interop. I've found having line numbers indespensible ......

The MSBuild team just posted beta 1 of the “MSBee” toolkit which enables building .NET Framework 1.1 applications with MSBuild. For those of you moving towards MSBuild and still have a few 1.1 apps lingering this bring the build process under a single tool. On a related note I've written a few custom tasks already to generate publisher policy ......

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