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Error installing Windows Phone 7 developer tools (June 2010 Beta) with Symantec Endpoint Protection
Wow that was a long title but hopefully it will help out when people run into this problem. I ran into a small issue when installing the June 2010 Windows Phone 7 Beta tools (yeah I know I'm 2 months late...been busy!) in that Symantec Endpoint Protection's Tamper Protection tool kept blocking the install when it got around to the install portion with Imagegen.exe Just turning off Symantec Endpoint Protection services isn't enough, you actually have to go into the client settings and uncheck the ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Comments (1)

Installing PHP on IIS 6
One project I'm working on now requires the use of an application written in PHP though newer portions of it are written in .NET - they wanted to host both together and I figured it would be easier to configure PHP on IIS than it would be to configure .NET on Apache :) I was right - it was dead simple to get PHP installed and running on IIS. I simply followed the guide written here by Peter Guy. The guide he wrote covered everything I needed and I was up and running quickly...sweet ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 5:38 AM | Comments (0)

Neat feature with Google Translate
Maybe I'm late in noticing this, but it was a pretty handy feature so I though I would mention it. Recently I was working with some obscure scripts that had comments written in another language. Though I had a pretty good idea what the author had intended just by reading the script logic, I wanted to see what the author's comments might have to add. I fired up Google Translate and having traveled quite a bit I thought I would guess at what the language was. Then I noticed a choice from the drop down ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:56 AM | Comments (1)

Just a tip for me about SQL Versions...
Working on a database project today I got the latest drop from a co-worker to test on our deployment machine. The process had gone on without a hitch for the past few months but today the SQL 2005 database backup file he gave me would not restore on the deployment machine...gave an error during the restore saying it was "INCOMPLETE". A quick check of SQL Server versions using MS KB 321185 showed us that he was on SQL 2005 SP3 and I was on SQL 2005 SP2. Thankfully that 2 minutes worth of checking ......

Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2009 6:15 AM | Comments (0)

Minor "Gotcha!" TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition
After getting used to the full blown version of TFS (first 2005, and then 2008) I ended up doing an install of TFS Workgroup Edition to play around with to see if it would work for some smaller home projects. After setting everything up, imagine my surprise when I went to access it using a named account rather that the "TFS Setup" account. I received an error: TFS 3011: domain\user is not a licensed user Doh! A quick check of the global group membership settings and I discovered a "licensed users" ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 6:42 AM | Comments (2)

Installing VS 2008 SP1
After my experiences with installing VS 2005 SP1, I decided I wasn't going to get worked up over a long install for this one. So I actually started the install process before I left the office yesterday and then (gasp!) left the laptop there to go home and enjoy the evening. Came in this morning, checked the install log (it went well) rebooted and I now how an updated VS 2008 with less stress :) On looking at the logfile it did take nearly over an hour and a half to install so I'm glad I didn't try ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:38 AM | Comments (0)

Notes from the field - InitializeError error #2104 in control 'Xaml1': Could not download the Silverlight application.
So I got this yesterday as I went to do a test deployment to a clone of our production server and couldn't for the life of me figure out what was wrong...until I remembered getting this months ago when we first started developing this app on VPC. The fix in this case was pretty simple - assuming the XAP file is named correctly and doesn't have any non-DOS friendly characters in it, just remember to add the new MIME type to IIS to handle the XAP extension. I must have scratched my head for about 20 ......

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:07 AM | Comments (4)

A neat trick with Windows Mobile Live Search and Community Megaphone

Glen Gordon just posted an entry on his blog about this and it's pretty neat. He can explain it far better than I can, so just read his blog post on this.

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Comments (0)

31 Days of Visual Studio 2008 Tips & Tricks
Fresh from the successful completion of his "30 Days of .NET Windows Mobile Applications" (quite an impressive feat I might add), fellow Mobile Geek Chris Craft has started a new series based on one of his well received Code Camp presentations focusing on Visual Studio Tips & Tricks...he now presents "31 Days of Visual Studio 2008 Tips & Tricks". Check it out if you haven't had a chance to catch him at a Code Camp near you ......

Posted On Thursday, July 3, 2008 10:19 AM | Comments (1)

Visual Studio 2008 Performance Analysis Tip...
If you're used to working with the VS 2005 Performance Tool (Dynamic Code Analysis) and you're starting to work on projects in VS 2008, you may have been a little surprised as I was running the VS 2008 version on existing code and getting different results than you get in VS 2005. By Default in a VS 2008 profiling session there is a check box called "Exclude Small Functions from Instrumentation" which is checked. You may need to uncheck it in order to get more complete results on your code. An example ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 3:20 PM | Comments (0)

Virtualize an existing physical server using Acronis and Virtual PC
So the experiment I was working on the other day was successful and now I'm in the process of applying it to other selected servers. In short what I set out to do was to take an existing server I had running, and virtualize it so I could change things as needed and move the "server" to other physical network environments as needed for testing. To do this I've taken an HP DV9000 laptop with 2GB of RAM and am using it as the virtual PC host. The other steps are outlined below: Create a blank VPC with ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Comments (5)

Using Acronis to revive and old project
Just started work again on an old project that was shelved about a year and a half ago. When the project was shelved we did an Acronis image of the servers that hosted the project and put those on our network storage in case we ever needed them again, then re-purposed the server hardware and pressed on. Fast forward to now and there's renewed interest in the project - and the customer wants to know how quickly we can restore the project to the way it was. Well the original hardware is long since ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Comments (0)

Making sense of HTTPErr logs in IIS 6
I recently had a bear of a time trying to determine why a particular web application wasn't behaving like it should. As part of my log checking I was going over the HTTPErr logs in IIS in addition to going over the standard IIS logs and event logs. While I have a good amount of experience pouring over and making sense out of event logs and IIS logs, I hadn't really looked at HTTPErr logs too much in depth until then and wanted to find out more...after a quick search I came up with the following Microsoft ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:59 AM | Comments (1)

Event ID: 3000 TFS Warehouse Error
Disclaimer – this article describes a fix that worked for me – YMMV…proceed with caution. I recently encountered a weird error with the TFSWarehouse data cube and reporting services for our site. It started out innocently enough with an error I hadn’t seen before in the event log (shown below) Well that was odd enough because it suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but then I also noticed odd things going on with the reports that TFS generates. It was generating reports but it was all stale data…apparently ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:20 PM | Comments (0)

Free .NET 3.0 training videos!
Doug Turnure, Todd Fine, Mark Dunn and Brian Hitney have produced a series of training videos covering the 4 core parts of .NET 3.0 and released them to the world on the .NET University web site. If you haven't previously checked out .NET University you really should. We hosted one in Charleston last year around this time and it proved quite popular. Get the video's free by visiting their course content area here: http://www.dotnet-u.com/cou... - and while you are there pick up some ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 8:11 PM | Comments (2)

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