Shane Bartholomeusz

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ApplicationHost.config Not Working

Quick Tip

IIS stores most of your website configuration in the applicationHost.config file. When performing repetitive tasks it’s often quicker and easier to apply changes directly to the applicationHost.config file rather than via the IIS manager user interface.

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IIS Configuration History

In this post I thought I’d shed some light on the IIS Configuration History feature built into IIS7 onwards – it’s a great feature that many developers don’t know about.

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Azure App Service – How to Enable SSL

Overview

Traditionally when setting up SSL for an IIS website, you could generate a CSR using IIS to provide to your relevant certificate authority.

If setting up a website using the Azure App Service, the approach is slightly different. There's a myriad of ways of can do this, however this is the easiest approach I've found.

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Azure – Scheduled VM Stop/Start

Overview

One of the most common Azure administration tasks is scheduling an auto stop & start of your Azure VM's to save you a few $$$.

Here's a quick post showing how you can do this.

UPDATE: Azure now provides the ability to auto start and shutdown ARM based VM's. If you are however still using a Classic VM, you can follow the below guide.

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RDP – Bypass Max Connection Limit

The Scenario

Ok so you've got a critical Production issue . You try to remotely connect to your Windows server using Remote Desktop and instead you get the following error – Ahhhhhh!

The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections

What do you do?

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Shrink Oracle VirtualBox VM

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If you use a Dynamic Disk in Oracle VirtualBox then you'll probably notice that your disk space usage will increase over time however this space never reclaimed when you delete data from your virtual machine.

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Register .Net Framework version with IIS web server

Visual Studio Error

When trying to open a Visual Studio solution, I encountered the following error.

C:\myFilePath\myService.Service.csproj : error  : The Web Application Project XXXXXX.Service is configured to use IIS. IIS is not installed on this computer. To access local IIS Web sites, you must install the following IIS components:       Internet Information Services       IIS 6 Metabase and IIS 6 Configuration Compatibility       ASP.NET In addition, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account. For more information, press F1.


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Process Explorer Error: Run Process Explorer from a writeable directory

The Problem

I came across the following error while trying to run the Sysinternals Process Explorer program.

Unable to extract 64-bit image. Run Process Explorer from a writeable directory.

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What's Going On?

Process Explorer extracts and executes the appropriate x86 or x64 binary for the platform you’re on, and therefore requires elevated privileges (i.e. “Administrative rights”).

This can sometimes be a headache if you’re operating in an environment where you have “limited” access rights.

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SQL Server – “The remote procedure call failed. [0x800706be]”

The Problem

Today I hit the following error after installing SQL Server 2008 R2 and then opening the SQL Server Configuration Manager console.

The remote procedure call failed. [0x800706be]

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Capture program exceptions using Sysinternals Process Dump

So what is ProcDump?

I just thought I'd write a quick post showing you how to use the ProcDump utility, yet another great Sysinternals tool. This tool helps you capture unhandled exceptions in real-time from a running program.

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