Avoiding unhealthy roles when configuring IIS with the ServerManager in the local Azure development fabric

10-second summary In your Azure start-up code, you use the ServerManager class to modify your IIS settings. Some of your web role instances in the development fabric don’t come up and stay ‘unhealthy’. This article describes a possible cure for that. Problem In this article, I describe a solution to the problem where some of…

How to host and use a DependencyObject in a threaded Console app

Recently, I developed some business objects that I needed to use both in WPF world (with vanilla data binding), as well as within a WCF web service. Of course, from the WPF books we learn that a DependenyProperty can only be directly accessed from the thread where it was created. So the implementation does that…

X509 certificate tool

I noticed that Jason’s (http://blogs.msdn.com/thehoggblog/archive/2007/08/20/swiss-army-knife-of-x-509-certificate-tools.aspx) and Justin’s (http://blogs.msdn.com/justinjsmith/archive/2007/07/10/new-wcf-security-examples.aspx) blog entries refer to an old location at http://wcf.netfx3.com that seems to be down. I figured out that the tool is now available for download from the WCF community samples here:  http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=netfxsamples&DownloadId=3395

My old Ph.D. thesis online

A colleague asked me about XML Signature, and I just remenbered that my old Ph.D. thesis (“Confidentiality of XML documents by pool encryption”) is online, which contains (besides theoretical nonsense) a nice introduction to XML Signature in chapter 4.2… The summary page The full text List of alternative download locations  

We’re (still) hiring

We (European Microsoft Innovation Center) are still looking for new colleagues, software devs and program managers, all preferrably with a researchy touch: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/emic/joboffers.mspx


Finally I found our interview videos

Videos interviews from EMIC employees (European Microsoft Innovation Center) are here: Mark Gilbert https://blogs.msdn.com/dginside/archive/2005/03/29/403303.aspx Wolfgang Manousek https://blogs.msdn.com/dginside/archive/2005/02/15/373084.aspx Christian Geuer-Pollmann https://blogs.msdn.com/dginside/archive/2005/01/17/354358.aspx