Virtual Machine Snapshots and SharePoint Development, Part 2

In part 1 of this post, I introduced the way I use VM snapshots to allow me to quickly rollback my SharePoint development VMs to key points in time. For example, I can quickly revert to a “baseline SharePoint Server 2010 configuration” in which no Web applications have been created (besides Central Administration) and the…

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Errors Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (a.k.a. "How much disk space do I need?!")

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about issues I encountered deploying Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 due to insufficient disk space on various VMs in the the “Jameson Datacenter” (a.k.a. my home lab). This morning I encountered similar issues when attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (which I recently…

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Resolving Issues After Applying Hyper-V Snapshot

This morning I rolled back one of my development VMs to a snapshot I created about a month ago. When I subsequently tried to login with my domain credentials, I encountered the following error: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. I did a quick Internet search for this error and…

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Before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1…

…make darn sure you have already installed the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 (if you want to use them, of course). Otherwise, like me, you’ll likely resort to nuking your desktop and starting over. Earlier this week, I posted about how I rebuilt my Windows 7 desktop while installing a new solid-state drive…

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What’s in your Jump List?

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post that described the BackedUp and NotBackedUp folders I use on almost every computer I ever log on to (my laptop, desktop, a handful of servers, and more than a dozen VMs). I also showed how I created taskbar shortcuts to quickly access my NotBackedUp and Toolbox folders….

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Script to Save Event Logs

Earlier this week, I shared a script that I frequently use in my development environments to clear the event logs (for example, whenever I want to verify that one of my VMs “boots clean” — meaning without any errors or warnings). Note that prior to clearing each of the event logs, the script first saves…

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Script to Clear (and Save) Event Logs

As I was writing my first post earlier this morning, I wondered if I had previously shared the script I use to quickly clear the event logs on a server (but saving them first — just in case I need to go back and retrieve something from the “archive”). I did a quick search on…

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Removing Downloaded Program Files (e.g. ActiveX Controls) in Windows 7/IE 8

In the latest sprint on my current project, we are adding yet another major feature to a customer service portal — specifically, the ability to view live video feeds from security cameras. The vendor this particular customer has selected for providing the camera functionality utilizes several ActiveX controls to implement video feeds. Consequently, one of…

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Windows Server Backup Does Not Show Backed Up Files

[Sorry the blog has been relatively silent this month — but, on the other hand, I did manage to make time for a vacation to Arizona this month (Sedona, Grand Canyon, and then Scottsdale). It was a little hot, but a wonderful trip nonetheless.] Here’s an email that I sent last month regarding an issue…

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Save Significant Disk Space by Setting MaxPatchCacheSize to 0

A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1, in which I mentioned setting the MaxPatchCacheSize registry setting to 0 (in order to save some significant disk space while installing the service pack). [Note that the credit for this trick really goes to Heath Stewart –…

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