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Well I like to look at pretty pictures on deployment days to keep my mind on the good side of software. Well I guess it is not that bad, but today we moved Geekswithblogs.net to a new server pool to update hardware, get some extra machines in the mix, and move to SQL Server 2008 R2. If you see any issues, please alert us directly via comments or support@geekswithblogs.com. Thanks and hopefully we will see more benefits that issues. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs.net ......

 

One of the great things about 2012 is that I am not in our office nearly 100% of the time during business hours. This is the first time I have been able to work from our office this much in about 4 years. In fact, we have moved three times during that four years and I have only averaged about 10-25% of my time in the office. This means I can actually setup my desk for development instead of business related tasks only. That means THREE MONITORS! My first reaction after a week with this setup: I never ......

 

To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ......

 

Since installing Option Pack 4 for Windows NT to get IIS running Classic ASP, we have all felt the lack of ease from Microsoft to actually create websites on a developer box. There has always been an expressed need to not need a custom configured machine to install Visual Studio and create web sites right away. Why must we open Windows Configuration and add all these pieces if a solution for our OS could be added to the development product line. My first development job was 10 years ago when I worked ......

 

Last week I deployed a small update to Geekswithblogs.net based on a blogger suggestion to get the last version of the Admin Blog Editor’s input control on the server so he could do some cool stuff he wanted to with syntax. I published that update and then fixed some of the annoying CSS issues we had on the server side to make it a little cleaner looking UI. I need to do more work for sure, but I fixed the majority of the issues. Another area I put some time into was the long standing request for ......

 

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 ......

 

A few days ago Microsoft released an update to one of my favorite PowerToys, SyncToy. This is a must have if you are a portable user and you want to get a quick backup of your files (photos, videos, source code, etc) by folder for free. SyncToy 2.1 I have been using this for a few versions now and it is great at syncing or backing up folder to folder onto USB flash or hard drives. The scenarios I use it in are: Backup of photos pre and post processing from my D300 and D700. Backup of source code ......

 

We did the database migration this morning and everything seems to work perfectly.  The environment is about 5x what our previous server configuration was and we moved from SQL Server 2000 to 2008.  Ping me if you see any issues because that was a little too easy.


 

Over the next month we will be migrating the Geekswithblogs system over to new hardware with a platform upgrade to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This upgrade will force us to make some changes that are needed to the database and others that are just because (like ASP.NET 2.0 to ASP.NET 3.5). What does this mean if you are a blogger? Hopefully nothing. The idea is to migrate the data/code to the new servers with dummy IPs and then when we are ready, swap the IPs with the new boxes and BAM, ......

 

"A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process. (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - The specified network name is no longer available.) " This is what has been causing issues with the site this weekend. Thankfully the hospital has good WiFi and my cell's bluetooth connection to the HSDPA network from AT&T makes being able to debug the servers ok. However, we will be in the hospital the rest of the day and going home tomorrow so ......

 

When is Microsoft going to fix the loneliness bug in Windows Server? If you haven't heard of this bug, it is when you leave town on vacation and your server gets lonely and starts acting up. Then in uncontrollable emotion the server goes crazy the first minute you log into it. Anyway, the servers should be back up again and sorry for any issues that it may have caused. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs ......

 

Doug Butscher and I spoke with the guys from Telligent Systems, the development team that was helping the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas. in this interview, we speak with Jim Martin and Kevin Harder to discuss the needs of their charity. This charity would like to re-platform to Community Server and Graffiti CMS to allow them to support a number of additional features such as groups, blogs, forums, site search, photo/movie galleries, etc. Listen to the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas ......

 

I was configuring the server and did not notice I accidentally took the site down for a few minutes. Please forgive me... Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Servers,Outage ......

 

Kent Tegels, of Enjoy Another Sandwich, joined us yesterday to talk about SQL Server and adoption amongst developers and DBAs. During this podcast, Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist, takes on the role as co-host. In this show we talk a lot about CLR Stored Procedures and where they really fit. Kent is really excited about Spatial support in SQL Server 2008 and it definitely comes through when you talk to him. Listen to Kent discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: SQL Server, HDC, Kent Tegels ......

 

We had a great show yesterday with Bill Vaughn, author and former VB project manager, talking about SQL Server and how developers should look at later versions of SQL Server. Read more about Bill here and BetaV Corporation. If you haven't made the move to SQL Server 2005, Bill discusses with us what is good and bad about the product as a developer and talks through some of the issues you might have during the migration Listen to Bill Vaughn discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: HDC, Bill Vaughn, SQL ......

 

Thursday night we will be holding a meeting for the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City covering Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and I would like to invite anyone in the area to attend. As we are a new user group, AJI Software is donating an XBox 360 as the raffle prize of this month. Anyone who attended last month's meeting will get an extra ticket in the raffle, however, you must attend to win. To register, visit the Office Developer User Group's website ......

 

This month, John and I are launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City on August 9th at 6:00pm. The site still need a little work (ok, a lot of work), but that won't stop us from having some great meetings. Here is the details for this month's meeting: Topic: Introduction to SharePoint Workflow Speakers: Jeff Julian, John Alexander of AJI Software Date: Thursday, August 9th (Each meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Centriq Foss, 87th & ......

 

While installing the eScrum template I ran into some pretty cryptic issues with the project management site working. This is the site that installer ask you what virtual directory you would like to associated it with. The app was returning me the error: Failed to retrieve WorkItemStore Service on server: SERVERNAME or there is no project found with name: PROJECT NAME. The unfortunate problem with this issue is that it has nothing to do with the actual project not being found on the server, but what ......

 

One of my friends Scott Cate has just released some really cool Knowledge Base Server for Community Server. If you are running CS on the side or at work and want a place to start a KB of your own, this is a great product for you. Check out his post with how-to videos about the product. Technorati tags: Knowledge Base Software, KB, Community Server, CS ......

 

DiscountASP.NET has been amazing to us. The hosting is excellent and we can't be happier with their service. That said, our site has outgrown what they have offered us as the original solution. Since they do not provide dedicated services, we will be moving the site to another hosting firm that does. This means more power and more control for us. I haven't finalized the server configuration and purchase yet, but it should happen within the next 48-60 hours. We will then announce a date and time the ......

 

After a machine of mine became consumed by a project, I have been building a new set of disks latest for my use during new projects. I always build my VPCs using differencing disk. For those of you new to this concept, it allows you to build a disk off of a parent disk and all changes at that point will go to the new disk. With the environment changing on us constantly with different releases of products, it is critical for you to get your project up quick. Here is my example: As you can see, I am ......

 

Tomorrow I am giving a presentation on WCF for the St. Louis DevCares event. I decided to come early so I could get away from the office and focus on getting my demos ready for tomorrow. Once I arrived, I remembered the STL .Net User Group meets on the day before ours, so I stopped by and chatted with Scott Spradlin, who runs the group. This however was not an uneventful day. Due to some database server issues, GWB was running like crap to be blunt. That and with an abnormal amount of traffic for ......

 

Last night I leveled up to 24 on the Duskwood server of World of Warcraft. Shortly after I realized I haven't introduced Darthnode to everyone here. Well here he is. Add me to your social list if you are on Duskwood ......

 

...and the evals are there to prove it. About 90% of the attendees gave him all 5s and there were several comments like "best user group presenter I have seen". This isn't good for me since I have spoken several times for the UG, but Miguel is a very polished presenter and he knows how to relate the materials he has produced to all types in the audience. The presentation covered Server Controls and even with 4 people in the audience of 40 raising their hands when Miguel asked the question of who ......

 

Moving to Community Server is the next step we need to make for this community, but since our community is so large, it is a dramatic step. John and I plan to start a parallel migration process and launch a community server site that will contain the current GWB data and we would be able to test in both worlds while keeping each data source in sync. We want to work out all the kinks we find to see if we just want to stay with what we have or take the plunge. This parallel migration will take some ......

 

During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ......

 

Our new server is up and running.  Everything is moved and running smoothly.  Thanks for your patience during the down time we had tonight.

 

Due to traffic and load, Geekswithblogs.net will be moving to a dedicated server for the site. We have truely enjoyed the experience with INETA and are very thankful for them hosting us during our initial growth period. This move will take place later this month, but I wanted to give you a heads up. A formal announcement will be made before the move letting you know more details. Also, shortly after the move we will launch some new components for the system ......

 

Since Geekswithblogs uses .Text, it is only proper that if we want to upgrade, we have to use Community Server. I don't like the idea of forums for this site, but Galleries and Blogs are a good fit. Since we have a lot of changes to worry about, I aim working on our version on a separate site, http://www.julian-family.com. This site for my family where I will have blogs and galleries. Once I make all the changes to Community Server we need, I hope to release it to GWB. This is going to take time ......

 

Special Kansas City .NET User Group Meeting - December 16thLocation: Microsoft Kansas City OfficeTime: 6:00PM - 7:30PMTopic: Software in a Service-Oriented WorldIf services are the next big thing—and they are—what impact will this change have on software development? David Chappell will give a perspective on this question, focusing on the impact this move will have on .NET. Drawing from his forthcoming book on Indigo, David will describe how this new technology fits and what it does, ......

 

Scott Watermasysk pushed a new version of Community Server :: Blogs to weblogs.asp.net/blogs.msdn.com tonight giving them comment moderation. The only problem is this quote, "This build is not ready for mass consumption yet, so I am not sure if/when it will be released to the public". I hope this will not be a length process to package up into a new build. I know it would have to be a major pain since the .Text source has most likely changes since the last release in January, but we definitely would ......

 

Looks like Rob Howard has release Community Server :: Forums or ASP.NET Forums 2.0. Pretty cool, but I like InstantASP still. http://forums.asp.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=457530#457530

 

I finally got around to fixing the issue with the SMTP server used on Geekswithblogs.net.  Sorry about the delay, but it should be fine now. 

 

This next week and weekend, I will be working on my next presentation. The topic is RSS, but I want to make it a little different than my original I used this summer. I have decided to take the XSLT portion out because lack of time to cover. I still plan to have some examples using XSLT, but I want to include server controls as well. So here is my question. What would you like to see in examples with this topic? I would like to have about 6 different examples that I can go into, but I would like ......

 


 

Anyone else hate when you right-click on SQL Server Enterprise Manager, “Help Topics” is where “Close” should be.  I don't know how many time I have freaking open up SQL Help when I really just wanted to close the damn thing!  If you have Yukon installed, does it do the same thing?


 

Here are the links to my republished articles on Microsoft Academic Site. ToString() or not ToString()? http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ToString() or not ToString()? That is the question. One of the many misconceptions of the .NET Framework occurs when a developer adds characters to the end of a string after the string is created and expects the same concatenation to occur in memory. In reality, it doesn't happen this way. Check Your Email With Style http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ......