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How to: grant “Manage Build Resources” Privilege to users with tfssecurity.exe
TFS allows flexible setup. It can be customized to address most peoples requirements. Everything that can be changed with TFS Explorer in the UI can also be modified using the API and command line tools. TFSSECURITY.EXE is one of those allowing to batch script modifications to TFS’s security interface...
25 May 2012
How to solve “Unable to cast COM object of type Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.ApplicationClass' to interface type 'Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel._Application'”
Recently I was working on a problem where a customer received that error message when trying to open a TFS work item list in Excel triggered from Team Explorer. The error did not appear when opening Excel right away and accessing a TFS query. I was checking Process Monitor to see what was going...
20 Apr 2012
How to read managed function parameter values from call stack when they read <no data> in WinDBG?
This week I was debugging a managed code Application with WinDBG and PSSCOR2 extension. I had to take a look at the managed call stack including it’s function parameter using !CLRStack –p The output looked similar to this one (the problem is the <no data> tag for the argument “args”) 1: 0034f260...
13 Jan 2012
DebugDiag - Point&Click debugging adventures made easy
It's been a while since my last blog post. My family and me have been moving to Munich all together and I was busy doing heavy work lifting boxes filled with books and dishes etc... Further I attended a nice little conference session about the future of MS C++ which I plan to cover in a later bog...
21 Oct 2011
Hidden treasures in WinDbg -> Save CLRProfiler-compatible files from memory dumps
Last week I discovered a feature in WinDbgs SOS extensions.. you know the one that extends the debugger with managed code features. I received a memory dump from a customer and was asked to analyze the reason for the hang. It was pretty obvious that the process under investigation was suffering from...
3 Oct 2011
Debugging Tools Survival Guide
When it comes to trouble shooting the first and most important tool you need is your brain. Besides that there are couple of other tools that help you collecting & analyzing data. In this post I'm going to name and list a view of them that I discovered over the past years (and in my first month at...
22 Sep 2011
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