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Visual Studio Release Management, DSC, and Azure VMs
This post will show how to use Visual Studio Release Management with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure multiple deployment environments and deploy an application. If you just want to see the big payoff, scroll all the way down to the section “ The Big Payoff ”. Background...
8 Jun 2015
ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing
This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint...
20 Aug 2013
ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration
This post shows how to implement continuous integration for a provider-hosted app in SharePoint 2013. Overview This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration...
15 Aug 2013
Access Services 2013 Setup for an On-Premises Installation
This blog post will show you how to configure Access Services 2013 to use in your own environment. Overview Back in August 2012, when SharePoint 2013 was just in Beta 2 phase and not yet released, I wrote a blog post on Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises . That blog post was accurate...
14 Jul 2013
How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM
I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification. I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin. After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process...
17 Apr 2013
What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections
This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment. This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
27 Mar 2012
Consolidate SharePoint 2010 Application Pools
Working with a customer, we saw that they had 20 or so web application pools, each with 1 web application each. The software boundary for SharePoint 2010 is to have no more than 10 web application pools . Because each application pool can have multiple web applications assigned to it, and...
19 Dec 2011
Set IIS Log Fields with C#
This post shows how to set the log fields for IIS web sites programmatically. Code is attached at the end of the post. Background I have a customer that has many web applications, and we need to set the IIS log fields to do some investigation. James Blackwell posted a great sample of how to do...
2 Nov 2011
Making The Case for Async Web Parts
This post will show how to make a call to HttpWebRequest asynchronously from a web part and wait on the result or time out. Years ago, I was fortunate to meet Jeff Richter and attend a session he gave on .NET performance . He discussed I/O completion ports and showed why any calls from an ASP.NET...
24 Oct 2011
An interesting question was posted on one of the distribution lists today. “The client wanted to look into this MSDN drag and drop typed left navigation bar to work on Sharepoint 2010, does anyone make this work or have idea about this?” Click the control that is circled, and the menu is expanded or...
25 Apr 2011
TinyGet for SharePoint
The IIS 6 Resource Kit Tools includes a tool called TinyGet to quickly issue an HTTP request to a page from a command line, and it works with IIS6 and higher (yes, you can install the resource kit tools on an IIS7 machine without problems). Why would you want to issue HTTP GET requests from the command...
14 Apr 2011
WinDBG and PssCor2 for SharePoint Developers
In this post, we’ll see some steps about how to troubleshoot a production SharePoint site using WinDBG and PssCor2.dll. For an introduction to setting up your environment and getting started, see my blog post “ Intro to WinDBG for .NET Developers ”. In this post, we’ll apply some of our WinDBG...
13 Apr 2011
Intro to WinDBG for .NET Developers
When your code goes into production, you usually no longer have access to its binaries when they reach their final destination. Whether that is someone’s desktop or a set of servers, you no longer have access to directly observe your code and its environment. Operating system patches are...
11 Apr 2011
SharePoint Developers–What’s On Your Machine?
I recently got a question from a customer about utilities to include on their development machines. My view is that you should trust your developers and let them install the tools they need. However, some devs don’t have managers who trust their developers to do the right thing and they need...
5 Apr 2011
Deck from SharePointPro 2010 Summit – Developer Best Practices
Thanks to everyone who attended the SharePoint 2010 Developer Best Practices talk at the SharePointPro 2010 Summit and Expo conference. As promised, the deck has been uploaded. Get it here . http://cid-09d5ededfee6c24b.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Presentations/SPPro%20SharePoint%20Development...
18 Mar 2010
Self Signed Certificates on IIS7
Rob Bagby has a great post on creating self-signed certificates for IIS7 , including a screencast showing how to walk through the steps. It's not that hard to do, but if you haven't done it before it can be non-trivial.
24 Jan 2009
Windows Server 2008 - The only web server you'll ever need.
I just learned about a new site that we have put together, Microsoft.com/web . This is a very cool site that lists a bunch of great information about why to use Windows Server as your web server. It's a great collection of resources that point to events, downloads, and further information...
3 Dec 2008
Mod_Rewrite on IIS7 (well, kind of)
No, we didn't directly port Mod-Rewrite to IIS7. But there is a great implementation of a URL rewriter module on IIS7 that will even let you import rewriting rules from Apache's Mode-Rewrite! For more information, check out Bill's post on the URLRewrite Module .
8 Jun 2008
Thanks to Lexis Nexis!
We are about to start a great day showing technologies like .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and SharePoint technologies. I thought I'd be proactive and post the materials beforehand. Make sure to check out Rob Cameron's blog for additional information. Just about everything shown today came from the VS2008...
30 Apr 2008
Windows Media Roadmap
Last week Scott Guthrie (ScottGu) provided a first look at the new .Net Web Technology Roadmap. It gives a great overview of the improvements and enhancements in ASP.net, Silverlight and IIS 7.0. My colleague, Harry Mower, posted an interesting blog post that highlights the roadmap for Windows Media...
4 Dec 2007
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