Create a desktop shortcut to a store app on Windows 10

To place a shortcut to a store app (aka universal windows app) on the desktop of your Windows 10 pc you can drag the app from the Start Menu and drop it on the desktop or you can type “Explorer.exe Shell:AppsFolder” from a command prompt, use the search filter in the upper right corner to…


Great tutorials website:

I recently found the website, a technical site with a vast set of great trainings covering all sorts of topics. You’ll find trainings both on less recent topics such as mainframes (cobol, cics, db2, etc.) and very hot current topics such as machine learning, scripting (JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, Ruby, Python, etc.), big data and…


PowerShell script to enumerate deleted items in a TFS/Visual Studio Online project

I wanted to share the following PowerShell script (zipped script also available at the end of the post) that I often use to enumerate deleted files and folders in a TFS project hosted in my Microsoft Visual Studio Online TFS instance. Notice that the script uses the tf.exe command-line utility that gets installed with Microsoft Visual Studio….


VMs to try out Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer

You might not know that if you need to test a Microsoft web browser (Edge or Internet Explorer) different from the one you have available on your computer there are ready for you to use virtual machines that you can download from the Microsoft Modern.IE website. VMs are available for the following set of hyperadvisors: VirtualBox…


Latest free ebooks from Microsoft press

Following is a list of the latest free ebooks available to you from Microsoft press: Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development Introducing Microsoft Power BI Microsoft Azure Essentials Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid…


Signing a VSTO add-in ClickOnce manifest

A couple of things to remember when releasing a VSTO add-in to production: The certificate used to sign the ClickOnce manifest Must be verifiable on the build machine (root CA and intermediate CAs must be trusted on the machine) Must be a certificate that has “code signing” among its purposes. This means that both of these…


Preserving original file created date/time in a compressed archive file

Once in a while I scratch and reinstall my laptop as I have done now to migrate to Windows 10 RTM and among the things I save and restore are my Internet Explorer favorites/bookmarks. I usually access my favorites from the “Favorites” folder among of my profile folders and in retrieving bookmarks the created date/time is for me…


Using Windows Photo Viewer as default image viewer on Windows 10

Out of the box Windows 10 has Trusted Windows Store apps as default programs for numerous file extensions including most popular image formats (jpg, png, bmp, gif, ico, etc.). Via the “Default Programs” functionality in Control Panel you may not even be able to change the default program for some file formats as in the case…


Tracing ADFS requests/responses using Fiddler: repeated credentials prompts issue

If when using Fiddler to trace requests and responses to ADFS you keep getting prompted for credentials the reason might be “Extended protection” enabled for Windows Authentication for ADFS endpoint you are using. What is happening is well described here: At times you may see ADFS repeatedly prompting for credentials, this could be related to…


ADFS and "The SPN required for this Federation Service is already set on another Active Directory account" error

If while installing ADFS you are facing the “The SPN required for this Federation Service is already set on another Active Directory account.  Choose a different Federation Service name and try again.” it is probably because you used the “Create Self-Signed Certificate” feature in IIS Manager to create the SSL certificate required by ADFS. The issue…