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  • Blog Post: How to: Take a Memory Dump of an ASP.NET Application Pool Quickly

    When I was running the internal Team Foundation Servers (TFS) at Microsoft, we sometimes encountered issues that could only be understood by analysing a memory dump. This was especially true on the Pioneer and Dogfood servers that were running pre-Beta builds. If the problem was serious enough (crashing...
  • Blog Post: C25K: Couch-to-5K Running Plan and Windows Phone App

    (I try to keep this a purely technical/work blog and it’s rare that I post personal things up here, but this is too good not to share). The 1st of July is the end of the Financial Year (in Australia, at least) and I find that I have better success with changes at this time of year, rather than at the...
  • Blog Post: Where’s Grant?

    You may have noticed that my blog has been a little void of new content lately. The good news is that I'm back with a bunch of new things to talk about. First of all, for those of you who don't know, my family and I relocated back to my hometown of Canberra, Australia in September last year. I spent...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace for Azure without Visual Studio

    IntelliTrace is a very useful tool for diagnosing applications on the Windows Azure platform. It is especially invaluable for diagnosing problems that occur during the startup of your roles. You might have seen these sorts of problems when you do a deployment and it gets stuck in the "Starting role"...
  • Blog Post: Multi-threaded robocopy for faster copies

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include an updated version of Robocopy that includes a multi-threaded copy feature. /MT [:n] :: Do multi-threaded copies with n threads (default 8). I’ve been using this for a while now and I’ve been seeing excellent results. Be careful with who you share a switch...
  • Blog Post: Replying inline in Outlook with [Name]:

    Did you know that there’s a feature in Outlook that prefixes your name automatically when you reply inline like this? When you reply to somebody and start replying inline, it automatically changes the font to a new color and prefixes it with [GrantH] or similar. Open Outlook | Tools | Options | Mail...
  • Blog Post: OzTFS, OzMOSS and OzSilverlight are moving to a new mail server

    Status update: OzTFS, OzMOSS and OzSilverlight have been migrated. Please note the new addresses that you need to send mail to. These three mailing lists are a valuable resource to the Australian community as well as the global community. Please bear with us during this transition, we’ll trying to make...
  • Blog Post: Asus Eee PC Netbook

    In my recent trip to Australia , I had some time to walk through the shops. One of the things that really caught my attention was the Asus Eee PC . (It’s pronounced “e p c”). I’d heard about these low-cost, low-power netbooks before but I’d never considered how useful they might be. The thing that struck...
  • Blog Post: TFS and the OWASP Top 10 Threats

    My first MSDN document has been published. Team Foundation Server (TFS) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten describes how TFS complies with the ten most common threats for web applications. Recently, our sales guys were working with a customer that has an IT policy which states...
  • Blog Post: Remotely connecting to a Hyper-V virtual machine with networking disabled

    In a previous blog post, I explained the steps to convert the VS2010 CTP VPC from Virtual PC to Hyper-V . When using virtual machines, sometimes you don’t want them to be connected to any network. This is especially true with the Team Foundation Server 2010 CTP VPC – if you connect it to the network...
  • Blog Post: Querying Perfmon data from SQL

    In a previous post I talked about Relogging Perfmon binary log files to SQL . The next obvious step is to query the data from the database. There are two ways to do this: Use Perfmon itself to connect to the SQL data source Use another tool to query the SQL data source directly 1. Using...
  • Blog Post: Script to configure SQL Server Maximum Memory

    I’ve often got SQL Server running on my workstation, laptop or VPC and find that it just soaks up all my memory. This script sets the maximum limit: USE [master] GO -- Set max server memory limit EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1 RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE   EXEC sp_configure 'max server...
  • Blog Post: Relogging Perfmon binary log files to SQL

    Lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of work with Performance Monitor (or PerfMon for short) to monitor some performance counters on a collection of servers. PerfMon has the ability to log it’s counter collections directly to a SQL ODBC data store. The downside of this is that if the store is remote and...
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