Help InfoPath forms and MOSS 2007 get along…

Have i talked you about real life stories J… well here is another one. This time is about MOSS 2007 and InfoPath forms and about getting a new column for a promoted field that was already assigned to a Site column (resulting in duplicated Site Columns). This happens when you already have a published form,…

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Reflections on troubleshooting

I spend most of my work time troubleshooting or managing the process of troubleshooting technical issues onsite, with the customer teams and with Microsoft’s support people. Doing that so often, I’m found wondering on what knowledge can I take from each problem to the next and how can that be organized and used to improve…

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How to use Fiddler and HTTP replay to have an offline copy of your site

Very often, I’m asked to troubleshoot some client-side issue regarding web applications. Because, most of those times, I’m not onsite at the customer experiencing the issue, or because often this issue occurs on some remote site or branch office, it can sometimes be tough to replicate the problem or to gather enough and relevant information…

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Quick Tips: using debugger scripts to your advantage – .shell

Hi, After debugging for quite some time, and looking almost every day at memory dumps you start to think “I really need a command to this, to do that,…” in order to easy on some of the repetitive work and allow you to more quickly focus on the issue itself. I find debuggers scripts to…

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Don´t recommend a backup restore to anyone after 3 days…

Hi folks, here it is, another real life story…  A while ago when I arrived to a customer site, he came to me and told me that he had a problem in his MOSS 2007 Server Farm, that for 3 days no one was able to access one of the intranet main site nor any…

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Quick tips: Is there any exception out there ?

Hello, Let me start by clarifying that this only applies to x86. The reason for this is that on x86 the first field on a CONTEXT (more info at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms679284 ) structure is a flag with the value 0x1003f.   More often than I desire I get memory dumps (in hang mode) when an exception…

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Silverlight Splash Screen In Action

No, this is not “just another” article about implementing Splash Screens in Silverlight 🙂 Sure, I’ll briefly present the procedure, but what I really want to show is how easily we can assess, in our development machines, the splash screen the end user will experience.   Default Loading Experience in Silverlight It is fairly easy…

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Quick tips: Getting detailed info on modules and setting breakpoints on .net

Hello, Sometimes i have to do live debugging in order to understand what’s going on inside a process. Usually when this happens i need to set breakpoints on specific methods. Let’s say that I what to set a specific breakpoint on a method inside Microsoft.Sharepoint.dll (this is just an example, the same applies to every…

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Quick tips: Kernel Dumps, Blue Screens and !Analyze -v

Hello, This time I’m going to address something that most times is somewhat straight forward to analyze yet many people I deal with don´t know how to proceed when a blue screen appears. In this blog post I assume the server is already configured to generate kernel dumps or mini dumps. (this is something I…

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