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  • Blog Post: Script to Reset WSUS for SysPrep'ed Image

    Here's a useful script for those, like me, that use SysPrep'ed images to create new virtual machines and also leverage Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to keep machines up-to-date with the latest patches. Reset WSUS for SysPrep Image.cmd net stop wuauserv reg.exe delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE...
  • Blog Post: What's in your Jump List?

    Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post that described the BackedUp and NotBackedUp folders I use on almost every computer I ever log on to (my laptop, desktop, a handful of servers, and more than a dozen VMs). I also showed how I created taskbar shortcuts to quickly access my NotBackedUp and Toolbox...
  • Blog Post: Script to Save Event Logs

    Earlier this week , I shared a script that I frequently use in my development environments to clear the event logs (for example, whenever I want to verify that one of my VMs "boots clean" -- meaning without any errors or warnings). Note that prior to clearing each of the event logs, the script first...
  • Blog Post: Script to Clear (and Save) Event Logs

    As I was writing my first post earlier this morning , I wondered if I had previously shared the script I use to quickly clear the event logs on a server (but saving them first -- just in case I need to go back and retrieve something from the "archive"). I did a quick search on my blog and didn't see...
  • Blog Post: Script to Restart SharePoint 2010 Services

    A couple of years ago, I shared a script ( Restart SharePoint Services.cmd ) for restarting the various services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. I've since created a new version of the script for use with SharePoint Server 2010. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is primarily...
  • Blog Post: ProcDump - An Easier Way to Create a Mini-Dump

    In a previous post , I mentioned an issue I've been having with Expression Web 4 crashing on me. In that post, I mentioned a few ways that you can create a mini-dump for a process (e.g. with Visual Studio, WinDbg, or ADPlus). A couple of weeks ago, one of the developers on the Expression Web team...
  • Blog Post: Recommended ISO Tools

    I added a new item to my Toolbox this weekend -- LC ISO Creator . It's not fancy, or even supported, but it is free and it appears to do what it is supposed to without issue, specifically creating an ISO image from an existing CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. There's no setup program, just a tiny EXE (and ReadMe file...
  • Blog Post: SketchPath - The XPath Tool

    I added another tool to my Toolbox yesterday: SketchPath. The SketchPath site labels it as "The XPath Tool" but I'd say it more like " The XPath Tool." I've seen a few other tools for quickly building and testing XPath expressions against an XML document, but they pale in comparison to SketchPath...
  • Blog Post: Using Password Minder to Manage Your Passwords

    I started using Password Minder almost immediately after reading about it in the July 2004 edition of MSDN Magazine. I don't know about you, but trying to remember all of my various passwords for dozens of Web sites, numerous network accounts, VMs, etc. is really quite a nightmare. [I'm actually a little...
  • Blog Post: Using Robocopy to Move Files and Folders

    I use Robocopy a lot, and it's been in my Toolbox for so long that I hardly remember using anything else. I was glad to see that it is now included out-of-the-box (starting with Vista), because I typically use it instead of Windows Explorer to move or copy files, since I prefer the way it reports the...
  • Blog Post: Add Rooler to Your Web Development Toolbox

    This past May, one of my colleagues notified me of a new tool called "Rooler" that allows you to easily measure anything displayed on your screen. I definitely consider this tool a "must have" for anyone out there doing Web development. While tools like Firebug and the new developer tools in Internet...
  • Blog Post: Formatting Code for My Blog

    It occurred to me this morning that while I previously shared some details on how I manage my MSDN blog , I've never shared my method for formatting code for the Web. Actually, calling it "my method" is definitely a bit of a stretch. I certainly didn't come up with the approach but rather refined...
  • Blog Post: HVRemote and Remote Administration of Hyper-V from Windows 7

    Last Sunday, I rebuilt my desktop ( WOLVERINE ) with the RTM build of Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). Previously, I'd been running the RC1 bits and I figured it was about time I got around to "upgrading" to the RTM version. [I say "upgrading" because -- at least it in my experience -- it is typically better...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Source Code Branches

    During the more than three years I spent helping Agilent Technologies migrate their Internet site from their legacy, proprietary platform to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, we unfortunately never used Team Foundation Server (TFS). Instead, we used Visual SourceSafe (VSS) in combination...
  • Blog Post: Starting and Stopping Hyper-V VMs with Server Core

    Last week before heading out to the airport for my SharePoint 2010 training, I powered down the "Jameson Datacenter" (i.e. the four computers running in my home office). Since I would be gone for almost 8 full days, it didn't make sense to waste the electricity just so my SQL Server could periodically...
  • Blog Post: Temporary ASP.NET Files Are Not Deleted

    Yesterday afternoon, I discovered that there were 64,725 items (consuming 2.41 GB) in the C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files\root folder of my development VM for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Apparently, each time I do an IISRESET or recycle an application...
  • Blog Post: Extraneous SharePoint Assemblies

    If you develop solutions for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, you may notice that certain SharePoint assemblies always get copied to your Visual Studio project output folder even though these referenced assemblies are configured with Copy Local = False . Since these assemblies should always...
  • Blog Post: Script to Restart SharePoint Services

    Since my previous post introduced one of my SharePoint Toolbox scripts, I thought I should share another one that is more applicable to a broader audience. As I've noted in the past , memory leaks are certainly not uncommon in the world of SharePoint. Consequently, you may want to periodically simulate...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint ULS Logs Flooded with "Preserving template record with size..."

    I was digging through my blog dashboard this morning and I came across this post that I started back in January but apparently never got it past "draft mode." I figured it was time to finish it off. If you've been using Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS...
  • Blog Post: XSLT "Identity Transform"

    Last week, I was explaining to a teammate that it is often helpful to use the XSLT "Identity Transform" in order to view the raw XML -- in other words, without any "real" transformation by the XSL stylesheet. For example, suppose you need to customize how search results are displayed in Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: DiffMerge - A Better Differencing Tool

    Last summer, I added DiffMerge to my Toolbox and I haven't used WinDiff since. DiffMerge can do everything WinDiff can, plus a whole lot more -- like intra-line highlighting, merging, and comparing files using configurable rulesets (although you'll likely never need any more than those that come ...
  • Blog Post: Backing Up User Databases in SQL Server (and SQL Server Express)

    Since I appear to be on a roll with my blog this morning, I figured that I should write one more post about SQL Server before I get back to my "day job." I typically use SQL Server Management Studio to configure and schedule database backups, because the Maintenance Plan Wizard makes it very quick...
  • Blog Post: Counting Rows in All Database Tables in SQL Server

    Here is yet another of the SQL scripts that I like to keep handy in my toolbox: Count Records in All Tables.sql Sometimes when I get "dropped into" a consulting situation with a new customer, I need to quickly get acquainted with one or more of their SQL Server databases. One of the first things I...
  • Blog Post: Shrinking All Database Files in SQL Server

    Here is another SQL script that I keep handy in my toolbox: Shrink All Database Files.sql . Unlike the script that I shared in my previous post that simply truncated all transaction logs to free up disk space, this script is suitable for running in a Production environment (PROD), as well as in non-production...
  • Blog Post: Truncating All Transaction Logs in SQL Server

    One of the SQL scripts that I keep handy in my toolbox is Truncate All Transaction Logs.sql . While I would never recommend running this script in a Production environment (PROD), I find it to be very helpful for periodically freeing up disk space in shared Development environments (DEV) and especially...
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