SCVMM – How to copy a Hyper-V VM

A few months ago I left EMC and came to Microsoft.  When leaving EMC, about the only thing that I thought I’d miss (other than the great folks!) was VMware.  I had never really played with Hyper-V before, but if you look at some of my old posts on http://agileer.com/blog, you’ll notice that I did…

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SCVMM Self-Service Portal: “A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client”

If you get this error while attempting to log in to the System Center Virtual Machine Manager’s (SCVMM) Self-Service Portal, then you probably have a password that contains “dangerous” characters – for me it was a “<”.  While strong passwords are good to have, they can mess with ASP.NET.  I’d hate to have to be…

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ReSharper – Crack for .NET Developers

http://jetbrains.com – they hook you with a free 30-day copy, then you shell out the big bucks for it, and then you pay for upgrades almost yearly.  BUT I MUST HAVE IT!  Paying yet again.  Why oh why doesn’t Microsoft get a site-license for this?

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How To Enable ActiveX Controls on Windows Server 2008

I was trying to download some software from MSDN to my new Hyper-V playground box, and of course it requires that ActiveX Control that launches the MSDN Downloader.  Back in  Windows Server 2003 it was relatively easy to enable this by removing the enhanced IE security “Component” accessible from the Add/Remove Software control panel applet. …

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Azure Epiphany #1

Well, OK.  Epiphany may be too strong of a word here.  But in my last post, I wondered aloud (or on paper or electronic bits or whatever), “What to do with Windows Azure?”. One thing you can do with Windows Azure is to use it sort of like an ISP on steroids. Host a web…

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What to do with Windows Azure?

I got my invitation code for Windows Azure today.  Except for the PDC keynotes, I hadn’t really looked at anything Azure related.  So I vaguely have this idea about what Azure is about (cloud computing?  OK, what does that look like, exactly?), but what do I do with it?  After about a minute, I thought…

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New XBox Live Experience + Netflix = Awesome!

Now, I hope this doesn’t set the tone for this blog, this being the first entry of any sort of substance, but I just tried out the new XBox Live Experience with Netflix, and it really rocks.  Normally, I hope to write interesting things about writing software.  But anyway… I work at home a good…

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Well, here I am!

Ah… my first post on MSDN.  Sorry that it’s none too exciting, but that will probably change in the near future.  As for now, I’m still “drinking from the firehose” here at Microsoft.  The amount of information to soak in is tremendous. I’ve been hired by Microsoft Consulting Services, Public Sector, Federal Civilian – so…

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Hard-Coding Crazy?

(archived from my old blog from my pre-MS days) The current application that I’m working on is pretty configuration-heavy.  There’s even configuration to drive the configuration.  There’s configuration that drives the UI that drives the configuration. Even so, when the product owner recently said, "I think we need to move some of this out of…

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Red, Green, Refactor (then Integrate and Commit)

(archived from my old blog from my pre-MS days) xDD (TDD, BDD, DDD, etc.) emphasizes the standard "Red, Green, Refactor" mantra in order to prevent the buildup of technical debt.  However, without the addition of Integration testing, or user-acceptance testing, and then committing the code to source control, you’re only partway there.  I’m not saying…

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