August 2010 Entries

Incompatibilities around BizTalk Server 2009

This is a quick post … after a lot of challenges with a recent deployment of BizTalk Server 2009, it is important to keep the following very much in mind. BizTalk Server 2009 and SQL Server 2008 R2 are not the best match, work with SQL Server 2008 with SP1. .NET 4.0 has the ability of breaking a not yet configured BizTalk deployment. Where? Enterprise SSO configuration will refuse to talk to the SSODB (mind you, the process will create the DB). There are fixes for this last one, just make sure you ......

August and my intro to Azure Diagnostics

August for some reason has been the busiest month I recall in a while. It has had a good doze of the products I love to work with, and it has given me the opportunity to get into one more, Azure. There has been BizTalk Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Team Foundation Server and the surrounding tools. But I have been enjoying working with Azure. It’s a nice complexity full of good stuff (so far). In working with a client’s deployment the task came to needing to monitor the implementation. And since ......

Something on LightSwitch and using SharePoint as a Data Source

LightSwitch has indeed come an shown some of that good old RAD model. How about some SharePoint as the Data Source? Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to fix this ......

Visual Web Developer 2010 and SQL Server Express User Instances “Issues”

The road to learning is such an awesome thing! Yesterday, while browsing the MSDN Forums, I came across some people having frustration with SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer 2010 and the Web Installer. The Issue After installation, if you create a New Website with VWD 2010, follow the steps below: Access the Web Site Administration Tool (Solution Explorer Toolbar) Click on Provider Configuration (Once the Web Site Admin Tool opens) Click on Select a single provider for all site management ......

Some notes on encrypting connection strings that reside in Machine.config

In needing to apply this to a number of sites due to the need to standardize and centralize a connection string that is shared across multiple services, had to dive into what was involved in getting this in place. Here is what I found: A great patterns and practices document: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... But for some reason, I couldn’t find something that went along with the directive found by calling the help parameter for aspnet_regiis. So, read the guidance but my command ......

Another TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 migration, more lessons learned. Part 1 of 2.

The good on the story is that migrations just keep on getting better, and actually never have been bad. This time around there was a curveball, and it came from the SharePoint side of things. SharePoint, it is no secret, can be temperamental when it comes to patches and cumulative updates. Add to that temperamental side a version migration/upgrade, now this just elevated concern and risk. Now, for the time being, I had to do what was best for the situation, and that warranted an uninstallation, and ......

How do you manage your Azure?

Recently in preparation for a project, I was pointed to the Azure MMC. This is a great tool, while the portal gives you the capabilities that come with managing the creation and basic upkeep of the environment, the MMC tool gives you the option of looking at metrics and understand performance elements of what you are running and running against in terms of performance. Give it a download and then try it out. When you download, it is an executable files that will deploy a project. When that deployment ......