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Affordable SQL Server High Availability
SQL server high availability comes in 2 basic categories. 1) Clustering using a SAN drive and multiple physical servers attached to the disk storage 2) Stand alone equipment acting in parallel A SAN configuration is an expensive solution; typically a disk storage array needs to be purchased with high speed communication channels (typically fibre). Therefore #2 is often the recommended configuration for smaller shops and less critical databases. Awareness of this topic is important for developers ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 10:20 AM

SharePoint Patterns and Practices Announced
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Posted On Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:03 PM

ClickOnce: Restore a Previous Version of an Application
As a standard, we use ClickOnce to deploy all of our applications. I don't want to get into all the benefits as I have discussed some in a previous post. To summarize my scenario, I do software development for a 24 x 7 x 365 manufacturing plant. Our systems must always be online and we must provide after hours support. This week, one of our developers deployed an update to his end users. It was not until 7 PM that the end user determined there was a significant bug in the application that could cause ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:37 PM

DevConnections November 10 - 13th
I have decided I will be attending DevConnections November 10 - 13th in Las Vegas, NV DevConnections has a number of events running at the same time, with registration, you can attend any of these events - ASP.NET Connections - VS.NET Connections - SharePoint Connections - SQL Connections - DNN Connections - Exchange Connections - Unified Connections - Windows Connections Some of the speakers include Dino Esposito, Rick Strahl, Markus Egger, Robert Howard, Miguel Castro, John Papa, Julie Lerman, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:40 AM

Determine .NET Framework Version of an Application
I needed to find the version of .NET framework required for a vendor provided application in short order; there was no documentation (of course), the vendor was not available and the super user was not available. Your typical support scenario. When you try to run a .NET EXE on a computer that does not have the framework, your application informs you with a prompt along the lines of 'The Application Requires .NET framework version x.x' If you have the framework installed, it does not prompt you (of ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:39 AM

First Chance Exceptions
Recently I was working on an application that uses utilities provided by another DLL. The function I was using creates a custom connection manager based on the destination database. It seemed every time the connection manager was invoked, it would generate this error. A first chance exception of type 'System.InvalidOperationExc... occurred in System.dll A 'first chance exception' message notifies you there was an exception in one of your intervening layers. The exception was handled in the layer; ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:46 PM

Community Launch Post-Op
April 30th Regina.NET and Regina IT Pro held the hereos community launch event. As far as I know, this was going to be the largest locally run (local speakers, facilities and sponsorship) IT community event. We booked 3 - 100 person classrooms and we had 3 speakers providing sessions that run concurrently, then repeated. The schedule looked like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual Studio 2008; Room Z 6:30 AD, Hyper-V New Datatypes, Resource Governer LINQ, AJAX 7:30 AD, ......

Posted On Sunday, May 4, 2008 9:21 AM

Community Launch Hits Regina, SK
WoW, it took a couple weeks to get everything in order; but we are excited to be hosting Heroes Happen {Regina} April 30th in Regina, Sask, Canada. I worked with the local IT Pro user group to create this night of community run technology sessions. What is interesting, is that we are holding 3 sessions concurrently, then we are running the same session again so attendees can participate in 2 of our 3 sessions. They layout will look like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:37 PM

The Shortcomings of Windows 2008 Server Core
I spent a couple hours today installing Windows Server 2008 on my home server. I have to admit, this was the easiest and fastest Windows OS software install I *EVER* completed. My goal was to build a Windows 2008 Server as a VPC host using Hyper-V; I literally spent more time installing the Hyper-V Role than installing the Win2k8 OS (I suppose this is the benefit of Role based installations). Do yourself a favor and download this utility (http://www.grc.com/securab... to verify your BIOS is configured ......

Posted On Saturday, April 5, 2008 12:46 PM

ClickOnce: Winforms Deployment - Part 1
Currently my client has a number of WinForm applications in development. When it came time to deploy these solutions to end users in multiple facilities, discussions of xcopy installations started. Xcopy is not the best solution; in the past it has been servicable to meet this requirement, today we have better options. Some of the flaws of xcopy deployment include - Network connectivity required: if the PC is off it will not get the update - Installation Lists: You need to know which PC's have your ......

Posted On Sunday, March 16, 2008 9:27 AM

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