How to expand a VHD disk

NB, MAR 2009: It was brought to my attention (thanks Fernando) that utilities like VHDResizer (http://vmtoolkit.com/files/default.aspx) may do the job in a simpler way. I did not check myself.    I was working on a Virtual PC 2007 virtual machine with a dynamically expanding disk of a maximum of 16 Gb. This disk was the C:…

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MSDTC transaction to a SQL cluster on a different domain

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/827805/en-us explains how to test a distributed transaction scenario between 2 SQL Servers without the need to install DTCPing.   Here is a scenario. BTS1 server initiates a distributed transaction on VSQL, a SQL instance hosted on a Windows Cluster having the following characteristics: SQLN1 is the first node of the cluster SQLN2 is the…

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ISA Server 2004/2006 would prevent local Windows Update

From an ISA Server computer, when you try to check Microsoft or Windows Update from IE, you get the initial page, but when you want to check updates you get a 0x80072EFD error.   To avoid that, configure Internet Explorer proxy to the local ISA Server on the Internal IP Address   Exemple: your ISA…

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Sample Behavior of BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 with .NET Framework 2.0 installed

On a test environment, we had this exception on one of the two BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 nodes: Ticks must be between DateTime.MinValue.Ticks and DateTime.MaxValue.Ticks. Parameter name: ticks This was a BizTalk Server 2004 event in Application event log On the other node, they were .NET Framework 2.0 and BizTalk events (meaning that some code…

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Don't remember connection strings syntax? Use a .UDL file.

Here is a tip I shared yesterday with a customer.  If you need to create a connection string and don’t remember the syntax, here is a simple way of achieving your goal. In a file folder or your Windows desktop, create a text file and rename it myCN.udl (only .udl extension is important) double click the…

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SAP .NET Connector must be installed for all users

BizTalk Server 2004 and BizTalk Server 2006 SAP Adapter requires and uses the SAP .NET Connector which is distributed by SAP. For BizTalk Server 2006, you need SAP .NET Connecter 1.0.3 Runtime.     It looks like only the user who installed the SAP .NET Connecter 1.0.3 Runtime can use it, and thus use SAP…

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Application Pool with a domain user account identity

ContextWindows Server 2003 / IIS6- Virtual Directory running under an application pool with a domain user account identity- Virtual Directory security is set to Integrated authentication only- Trying to access this virtual directory from a domain user account (same domain as app pool identity account)SymptomsFrom web server, no pb. From another machine, domain user is…

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UpdateActivity check points are case sensitive

While using BAM API (with BizTalk Server 2006, but I think it would be the same with BizTalk Server 2004), we received an exception like this:     Failed to execute event.         Exception type: BAMTraceException Source: Microsoft.BizTalk.Bam.EventObservation Target Site: Boolean PersistNoBatches(System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection, Int32) The following is a stack trace that identifies the location where the…

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Could not reset IIS, IISAdmin wouldn't start

When trying to start IISAdmin, I get —————————Services—————————Windows could not start the IIS Admin Service on Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to service-specific error code -2147417831.—————————OK   ————————— Event log contains Description:The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific…

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