How to overcome error 0x80070490 when installing updates in Windows Vista/Server 2008

Disclaimer: Please note that getting this error is a serious hint towards an unstable system (in my case it was caused by a faulty hard drive). While the solution steps worked fine on my system, please create and test a backup of your system before trying the below. You can easily get to the point…

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Creating "Wildcard" Certificate Requests for IIS using the Windows Vista/Server 2008 Certificates MMC plugin

You can use this to generate complex (as well as simple) certificate requests that satisfy pretty nice scenarios. For example, you can add the subject alternative names to the request that match all the web site names your certificate shouild  be used with. This allows you to create a “wildcard” certificate for example to use…

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Windows Vista CPC shows volumes/drives as "system" unexpectedly

This one was pretty interesting. Especially the fact that there is little documentation (at the time of this writing) about the selection criteria the Complete PC Backup (CPC) uses to determine what is needed for a system recovery. On my system I expected only “C” to show but CPC did also mark “D” as system…

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How to recover from iisadmin startup "Error 0x80090016 – NTE_BAD_KEYSET"

Here is the short version:You need at least the 3.x package of JailBreak and a working IIS Server. The .Net Framework 2.0 (or later) must also be installed on both to give you the aspnet_regiis.exe tool. On the “broken” server backup the data to enable rollback:From %windir%\system32\}inetsrv save the metabase.xml and the history and metaback folders execute…

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Strong name signing in Visual Studio 2005 requires KeySpec=2 (AT_SIGNATURE)

I had the pleasure to troubleshoot this interesing issue and feel this information might be helpful for everyone dealing with code signing. You might hit this when trying to use the same keyset for strongname signing as well as for manifest and/or Authenticode signing. As noted in this article Visual Studio 2005 cannot handle PKCS#12 files that…

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