Anti-malware software on Windows Servers

From time to time in my support job I come across customers having problems, sometimes strange ones, that turns out in the end to be due to anti-malware software of some kind or another. By its nature anti-malware software has to be quite invasive if it is going to do things like checking resident files…


How to figure out why your web application is running slow.

I came across this great “portal article” (by which I mean it has links to resources on a particular topic) about Developer Tools & Platforms Performance It starts of with a short plug for Microsoft advisory services but then moves onto a long list of self-help resources, including articles, blog posts and tools. HTH Doug


How do I view XPS documents in Windows Server 2008 R2?

A couple of years ago I was having trouble viewing an XPS document on Window Server 2008. Today I hit the same issue again but this time on Windows Server 2008 R2. Previously in 2008 the XPS Viewer was listed as a sub feature of .NET Framework 3.0. In 2008 R2, it appears instead as…


Parenting glossary for computer geeks

Ok, time for a bit of Friday humour. I recently became a Dad for a second time so my mind is working in weird ways at the moment as a result of sleep deprivation…. Downtime – when they are asleep. Unlike in computing, this time is welcome and to be made the most of Out…


FIX: Inline data-binding expressions in a templated web user control disappear after you generate a local resource for an ASP.NET 2.0 web application

We’ve now published the KB article for a new hotfix that arose from a customer case I was working on recently: FIX: Inline data-binding expressions in a templated web user control disappear after you generate a local resource for an ASP.NET 2.0 web application If after reading the article you want the fix, there is…


Long paths and .NET

I was helping a colleague recently on an issue to do with long file system paths and the challenges and limitations of handling them in .NET. I knew there were issues but could not recall all the details. Anyway, I just came across a wrapper class on Codeplex to assist in handling long paths. The…


New Microsoft Premier Support UK blog

Microsoft Premier Support UK blog have launched a new blog here. If you are a Microsoft customer based in the UK with a Premier support contract or have interest in getting one then this could be a useful blog for you. HTH Doug