Shawn Cicoria

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  • Blog Post: Making Windows Azure Drive Letter Persistent

    Windows Azure Fieldnote Summary Windows Azure Drives [1] provide a means to represent a file based (disk drive) persistent storage option for the various role types within Windows Azure Compute. Each of the roles within Windows Azure can mount and utilize for persistent storage (that survives reboot...
  • Blog Post: MiniProfiler– A simple but effective mini-profiler for ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET.

    Once in a while a good tool that I find out about that helps me developing solutions comes in real handy.  MiniProfiler is one of those tools. Developed by the StackOverflow folks it’s available in source or binary, and NuGet packages Take a look http://code.google.com/p/mvc-mini-profiler/ http...
  • Blog Post: Raffaele Rialdi DeployManager June 2011 edition–Now supports SAN certificates

    Raffaele Rialdi has been adding features to his certificate management tool.  Already supporting wildcard certificates, he’s now added SAN cert support. But it’s more than certificate management too. IAmRaf - Tools
  • Blog Post: Creating Wildcard Certificates with makecert.exe

    Be nice to be able to make wildcard certificates for use in development with makecert – turns out, it’s real easy.  Just ensure that your CN=  is the wildcard string to use. The following sequence generates a CA cert, then the public/private key pair for a wildcard certificate REM make the...
  • Blog Post: Lorem Ipsum–Generating in Word 2010

    Well, apparently I missed this hidden feature having used the Lorem Ipsum website for some time, but if you enter the following in blank Word document – you’ll get 10 paragraphs of generated text: =Lorem(10) Such as: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue...
  • Blog Post: Who needs reflector? ILSpy to the rescue..

    Reflector has been invaluable over the years.  I’m torn about the idea it’s become a paid for tool, and by all means folks should be compensated for great work.  Not sure where Lutz is in the cash flow. But, the ICSharpCode guys have released ILSpy at www.ILSpy.com   ( http://wiki.sharpdevelop...
  • Blog Post: Note to self – cURL download utility…

    Time to time, we all need this capability.  I keep forgetting what the link/name of this tool is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CURL http://curl.haxx.se/
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh – becoming Windows Live Mesh…

    Good to see it’s sticking around and most importantly, they’ve increased the initial 2 GB limit to match what we had on Live Mesh – 5 GB. I’ve been loving this tool since it came out and becoming one of those things I can’t do without. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010...
  • Blog Post: Copying Properties between 2 Different Types…

    I’m not sure where I had seen some of this base code, but this comes up time & time again on projects. Here’s a little method that copies all the R/W properties (public) between 2 distinct class definitions: It’s called as follows: private static void Test1() { MyClass obj1 = new MyClass() { ...
  • Blog Post: Need a simple LDAP server for Windows 7?

    Well, in the past we had ADAM – which has migrated to AD LDS for Windows – under Vista, we really only had a hack to get it (ADAM) running on Vista. Now, we have it for both Server and Client – and it’s known as Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services – aka LDAP!! Download details: AD LDS for...
  • Blog Post: Collapse Project as a Visual Studio AddIn.

    I’ve taken that macro that’s been passed around for years, and put it into a VS Addin. The following links for the full VS Solution and the MSI installer http://cicoria.com/downloads/VsAuto/CollapseProjectsSln.zip http://cicoria.com/downloads/VsAuto/CollapseProjectsSetup7z.exe
  • Blog Post: Snip-IT Pro – manage all those little code snippets for re-use and sharing…

    An old colleague of mine from Avanade has apparently put out a very cool tool for managing re-usable “snippets” of code from a repository.  This is a tool that could be used every day, or even for demos… This is a smooth application that takes advantage of some the P&P smart client framework...
  • Blog Post: Cleanup your Features…

    Many times, your coding, etc. SharePoint features.  You’ll code something up, deploy, activate, etc.  Using WSP builder, while a convenient tool, it also leaves some orphans around.  It forcibly deletes the solution leaving any place it’s activate with some “broken features”. Fortunately...
  • Blog Post: Minor update to the WSS Command Prompt…

      Take the following and paste into a VBS file – then run. Still need to choose the Link, then set the “Run as administrator” when UAC is on…   Set Shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set Env = Shell.Environment("PROCESS") DesktopPath = Shell.SpecialFolders("Desktop"...
  • Blog Post: Making a Windows 7 bootable USB…

    This get’s even easier.  The Microsoft store has released a utility that will, from an ISO (eg. one you get from the Microsoft Store) create a bootable USB flash drive. The direct link is here to the description page http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool
  • Blog Post: Connecting to Verizon Wireless Broadband

    For some reason all of a sudden I started getting PPP errors during connection on VZW broadband on my Mobile phone. So, I had to re-initialize the connection on the phone.  This also works when tethering the phone and you don’t have to use the VZW software • Device: Smartphone wireless USB modem...
  • Blog Post: This version of the enterprise library cannot be installed side by side with version 4.0 on x64

    When upgrading to Enterprise Library 4.1 on an x64 machine, even though you’ve run the 4.0 uninstaller, and even removed the registry key, you’ll still end up with an installer complaining that you can’t do side-by-side install.  The issue is the key is actually under the Wow node for x86 compatability...
  • Blog Post: Making a Win7 Bootable USB device.

    I have an old Toshiba that has no optical drive.  To install Win7, I needed a bootable USB stick.  Here are the basic steps 0. Download Win7 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/ 1. Get a USB stick – need a 4 gig one here – the ISO is about 2.5 GIG 2. Format the USB as NTFS (use quick...
  • Blog Post: Couple of Visio Links

    Visio is my primary diagramming tool.  I wanted to point out a couple of recent links I came accross that help in diagramming various things. The first are stencils that are used on MSDN and TechNet diagrams – these are a set of stencils that can be used in Visio just by adding the stencil to the...
  • Blog Post: Kerberos Configuration Troubleshooting

    I wanted to post about one of the best tools I’ve found for getting Kerberos properly configured and in the process getting some great HOWTO information on Kerberos, how it works, etc. When working with SharePoint, and the plan is to have your site run under Kerberos, I recommend using this tool before...
  • Blog Post: SourceSafe in the Cloud – a second life for VSS

    This post in no way endorses the use of Visual Source Safe, Mesh, or general supportability of this approach.  This is entirely at your own risk…. Visual Source Safe (VSS) has been around for some time.  There have been a few 3rd parties, then Microsoft, that implemented some nice server side...
  • Blog Post: Startup Delayer – Smoother Starts…

    I have to give a nod to Startup Delayer from r2 Studios … This tool takes over the “timely” launching of all those startup programs that just seem to bog down a fresh boot.  Just not having all these programs competing for resources makes the process nicer. A few programs that I use that had issues...
  • Blog Post: Live Messenger and AVG (Grisoft) Anti-Virus Issue 8100030d

    If you’re running Grisoft AVG with Web Shield and trying the new Windows Live Messenger you might be experiencing connection issues. For me disabling the Web Shield MSN Messenger protection worked…
  • Blog Post: Using Virtual.Server COM interfaces on an x64 Machine and Visual Studio

    Recently, I messed up a set of VHD files that were based upon differencing disks.  Basically, I killed the parent drive - so, any child drives are useless. So, how do you know which drives are differencing disks and what is their parent? One way is through the COM interfaces (that call into an out...
  • Blog Post: Learning LINQ - No excuses

    There are really a whole bunch of great resources out there that help the community get up & running with LINQ. Personally, with all the additional providers that I've seen ( Qak Leaf List ) - several of which I see great use for - LINQ to SharePoint and LINQ to LDAP / LINQ for AD . In regards to...
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