• Andrew Lynes' WebLog

    Using .NET Code to Set a Windows Service to Automatically Restart on Failure

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    This one popped up this week as I was investigating why a particular Windows service written in .NET 1.1 was terminating. After a quick MSN search, I only came up with a few fragments of C#, but not a complete solution. In attempting my own implementation...
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    Remote Server Administration Tools and Windows 7 SP1

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    I found out the hard way today that you cannot install the current version of the "Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7" on a machine that has Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed. The current advice is to install the remote administration tools...
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    SharePoint 2007 Protocols and Ports

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    In researching how to deploy MOSS into a customer's data centre, I needed to find out exactly what and how was being communicated between the various MOSS servers. Surprisingly, Microsoft.com is a bit light on details, although there is a reasonable ...
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    Iisapp.vbs: IIS application query script

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    Perhaps I've been living under a rock, but today I was shown a neat script for IIS 6 that displays the process IDs and related application pools for all IIS worker processes. The script is "iisapp.vbs". It's just the trick when trying to discover which...
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    Refocusing “Remaining Work” on Your TFS Project Portal (Part 1)

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    One of the neat things about the “default” project portal is the “Remaining Work” graph. At a glance it can give you an idea on how things are going with your project. However, it can also be misleading. On my current project, we’ve identified quite a...
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    Refocusing “Remaining Work” on Your TFS Project Portal (Part 2)

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    In my last post, I showed how to construct a URL to get the TFS “Remaining Work” report to target a specific project iteration. Now, let’s have a shot at using this on a project portal. The good news is that you don’t need anything special for this...
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    Using MS Project with TFS

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    My current customer uses Project Server to track software development projects. One of the considerations for a TFS roll-out is how the two server technologies interact. Yes, there is a degree of integration with MS Project, but what has to be done for...
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    Installing the TFS Process Template Editor

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    After an extended absence, I returned to hacking customising TFS Process Templates today. Last time I dabbled in this space, the Process Template Editor was a standalone application. It's now part of the excellent Team Foundation Power Tool. One problem...
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    Using MS Project with TFS Redux

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    In a previous post I talked about an approach for using MS Project with TFS. After applying this to a real project and receiving feedback from the team, I’ve come up with a refined process. The most significant change is that roll-up tasks should not...
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    Renaming/Nuking TFS Fields

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    Last week I found myself creating a custom work item and needed to add a few new fields to TFS. That wasn't anything special in itself, but when I decided to change the names of my new fields (I'm blonde after all), things became more interesting. It...
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    Microsoft Certifications - Are they worth it?

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    It's that time of year where I really need to move on my training objectives I set out at the beginning of year. In a rush of blood, I decided to update my .NET certifications to the latest and greatest. One question that comes up in discussions from...
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    First Canberra VSTS User Group Meeting

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    We had a great turnout this morning. Thanks to everyone that attended. If you haven't had enough of me, attached is my slide deck (as an mht file) on "Migrating VS2003 Users to TFS Source Control". For those that couldn't make it, this outlines some of...
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    The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 2)

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    This is a follow-up to my last post where I'll talk about the highlights and lowlights of our TFS deployment project. So how were the requirements met? Yes, we used VSSConverter. It turns out that that it's quite a resilient tool. We managed...
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    Regionalising a TFS Process Template (Pt 2)

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    In my previous post, I described how to create a new SharePoint global template with the correct settings for your region. For those already familiar with SharePoint, this is probably nothing new. The next step however is to link the new SharePoint template...
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    You need to do a root cause analysis

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    A couple of days before Christmas, I found myself in the emergency department of my local hospital with an Atrial Fibrillation . Think of it as feeling like you're running a marathon while you're lying still. To correct the problem, my doctor decided...
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    Fun with TFS and SQL Server SP1

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    After successfully conducting a pilot deployment of TFS to a single-server running Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SQL Server 2005 RTM, the time came this week to deploy to production. To make things interesting, we decided to roll-out a dual-server configuration...
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    More TFS and WSS

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    I’ve talked previously about regionalising the SharePoint templates that go along with TFS. Clearly it is possible to use the same technique to make changes to other properties of the templates. However, if you’re not familiar with WSS, it may not be...
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    The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 1)

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    In this post, I'll outline the TFS deployment project I've been working on over the last 2 months (as part of a dedicated team). Future posts will cover some of the bumps we've run into along the way. Here's the story... The source for one of my customer...
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    Regionalising a TFS Process Template (Pt 1)

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    I'm currently deploying TFS for a customer in Australia . One thing that stood out was that for every newly created Team Project SharePoint site, the time zone information was wrong. Setting the "Default Time Zone" in the "Virtual Server Default Settings...
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    So do you need a development environment for TFS?

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    One of the great things about TFS is that you can place the "crown jewels" of your development activities in a single safe location. The consequence for me is that I'm somewhat paranoid about using a production TFS installation for TFS R&D activities...
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    So how do you find time to manage TFS?

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    TFS is a large product. Not a day goes by for me without discovering something new. With this size and complexity comes the potential for a significant administrative burden. Create a team project here, assign some permissions there, and the poor TFS...
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    Canberra VSTS User Group

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    Just in case you missed it... Check out Nils' blog . It looks like I'm going to be one of the first bunnies to present. Hmmmm, where to start? I think Grant and I should be able to come up with something from our recent migration gig. We're 2.5 months...
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    ASP.NET AJAX Ships

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    This is great news. I've been waiting on this one for a while. I'm currently pondering what one of my major customer's application delivery methods might be in the future. This is another option to throw into the mix. Details can be found at AJAX ...
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    The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 3)

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    So one week on, how did it pan out? In short, not bad... not bad at all. We had about 100 users come on board on Day 1. We saw a reasonable amount of load on the TFS servers for about 4 hours, as users populated their workspaces. After that (and subsequent...
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    .NET and Auto-Restarting Services Revisited

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    Another follow-up post... I forgot to mention that the numeric values for SC_ACTION_RESTART and SC_ACTION_REBOOT in the SC_ACTION_TYPE enumeration seem to be swapped in the documentation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us...
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