Boot from VHD – What worked for us

My son and I spent most of the day yesterday trying to get our laptops to boot from a VHD.  We found loads of posts on the Internet that showed how it should be done, but we couldn’t make it work.  When we finally were successful, we found what we believe is an easier process, at…


Support timelines for SQL Server, .NET Framework, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Windows

Microsoft maintains a database of all supported products, along with the dates when those products’ various support stages end.  Anyone can search the database for a specific product, but that can be time-consuming when data for more than one product is needed.  I have therefore been maintaining a list of important dates and relevant information about several products…


Password-protecting Compressed Folders in Windows XP

During a conversation today, a colleague of mine pointed out something that I didn’t know:  A Compressed Folder in Windows XP can be protected with a password.  Like many of you, I’ve been using XP for years, and yet I somehow missed this.  Therefore, I’m going to write it down! You can read all about…

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Virus Scanners and ASP.NET apps don’t always mix

In a previous post, I talked about Alternate Data Streams and how some virus-scanning engines use them for tracking purposes.  When this happens, the file is changed.  It doesn’t matter that the “real” data hasn’t changed.  The system still knows that a change has occurred.  When this happens to a file inside an ASP.NET web site, this…

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Alternate Data Streams

I want to recap a topic that has been around for a while:  Alternate Data Streams.  This topic has resurfaced again in an interesting way.  I’m going to tell you about it in later post.  However, I thought I’d explain Alternate Data Streams again, just in case some of you don’t know what they are.  The…

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Is 32-bit Windows coming to a end?

Bill Laing has been quoted as saying that “Windows Server 2008 would be the last 32-bit Microsoft server operating system.”  Apparently, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be 64-bit only.  However, the story for the desktop may be different.  Alex Heaton says “A few folks took Bill’s comments on Windows Server and applied them to Windows…

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