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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    DUAScriptGen and more...

    Aaron Stebner has created a sticky article you can always go to now for the latest info on the DUAScriptGen tool. If you use (or are thinking of using) DUA to service your embedded device you owe it to yourself to check out this PowerTool, it simplifies the process of authoring DUA script files. Also, Aaron is very receptive to feedback and bug reports.

    If you're not familiar with Device Update Agent, it's a very lightweight executable that runs on the embedded device. The agent polls a location specified by you to look for scripts to run that will install OS or Application update packages on the client machine. The polling location can be remote (maybe a web server on the internet) or local (perhaps a CD-ROM). Here's some links to begin with if you want more info:

    Begin with this DUA Start Page on MSDN.


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  • Stuart Padley's Web Log

    An unwanted surprise when changing the SQL Server 2005 Service Account

    When changing the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Account you might get back this rather alarming error message box: --------------------------- WMI Provider Error --------------------------- The process terminated unexpectedly. [0x8007042b] ---...
  • Test Guide

    Testability Improves Your Product

    I've talked about testability before , but I recently had an experience that reinforced for me how improving testability directly improves the product. I am working with my good friend and mentor John Gossman to write a Visio-to-XAML converter. Our first...
  • .NET Security Blog

    Host Protection

    One of our new Whidbey hosting features is called Host Protection -- basically it allows an application hosting the CLR to declare some types of operations off limits for use by hosted code. This is orthogonal to CAS in that CAS allows an administrator...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Evolution of the Cathedral

    In his post about the changing cathedral and bazaar , Jon Udell asserts that the cathedral and the bazaar are both changing. And of course, they are -- that which stands still, dies. At the same time, my core point is that the "sharp edges" I'm talking...
  • Buck Hodges

    September dogfood statistics

    You can find the latest dogfood statistics on Brian's blog. [Update 10/12] John Lawrence also has the statistics as usual, including Excel charts. I saw Brian's, and I didn't think to check there.
  • Yasser Shohoud

    Meet the WCF Channel Model - Part 1

    For the past 5 months or so, I’ve been working on the WCF Core Communications team (with Kenny , Matt , and Steve ) where we focus on WCF transports and hosting features. In this period, I’ve learned a lot about the WCF channel model and I’m still learning...
  • SQL Protocols

    IPv6 and SQL Server 2005

    Starting from SQL Server 2005 (Yukon), SQL Network Interface (SNI), the new SQL Server network library, supports internet protocol version 6, IPv6, through Windows IPv6 stack. As you might already know, currently, many Window platforms can be configured...
  • Ali Pasha's WebLog...

    Check out Bill Gibson's Blog!

    Bill's a senior PM on our team and I'm happy that he's finally joined the bandwagon and started blogging. Check out: Ali
  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Should teachers teach secure programming

    I found [ via SlashDot ] an interesting article at ZD/Net News . Howard Schmidt wants developers and their companies to be held liable for security issues in their code. But he doesn't completely blame developers. He also blames the companies they work...
  • TexBlog

    VC++ 2005 optimizations in the real world

    I thought I'd share this direct feedback from a customer that attended a recent VC++ 2005 dev lab: I'm delighted to let you know that my C++ application has been sucessfully compiled, linked (for 64 bit Itanium) with Visual C++ 8 (Visual Studio 2005...
  • Fabulous Adventures In Coding

    Checking For Script Syntax Errors, This Time With Code

    A number of people asked me to clarify yesterday's entry. Rather than try to talk you through it, I think the code is straightforward enough to speak for itself. Here's a little skeleton that I just whipped up. #include <stdio.h> #include <activscp...
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