Create a password dialog for Visual Studio deployment project

    Introduction Most of us have worked with Visual Studio deployment projects to create setup projects for components we developed. In many cases we used the custom user interface dialogs that come with Visual Studio to take extra parameters from the user. The problem happens when you require extra parameters than Visual Studio provides…

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Hyper-V Physical to virtual: Moving a natively booted VHD to be a real virtual machine

Introduction I had a requirement to migrate an existing native boot Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that was booting from an attached VHD on a physical machine to be a virtual machine in Hyper-V. The problem is that this machine had multiple boots and so the booting record was on the physical drive and the…

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ADFS 2.0 Client Certificate Authentication using test certificates

Introduction I was developing a WCF based solution that required services to be authenticated using ADFS 2.0. The requirement was that the clients will be using client based certificates to authenticate to services. If you have a complete AD CS solution implemented that wouldn’t have been that difficult since the platform already takes care of…

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HIS hidden gem: Disable BiDi reversal

Recently I was working on a very complex integration project using BizTalk Server 2010 stack. This project involved integrating with legacy IBM mainframe system. The integration involved working with BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications to call Mainframe hosted applications as part of specific processes. The application mainly involved passing parameters to this COBOL application and…

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Solved: Moving SharePoint 2010 Designer Workflows between Sites

In man occasions you would be faced by the need to move workflows you developed using SharePoint designer from one site to another. This might be the case if for example you developed and tested the workflow on a testing environment and now wants to move to the production environment without the need to re-develop…

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Creating an Active/Active SQL Cluster using Hyper-V: Part2 the Clustered Instances

In part 1 of this series I showed you how to configure the virtual storage required for the cluster. In this part I will show you how to create the SQL cluster as an Active/Passive cluster and in the next part I will show how to convert it to an Active/Active cluster. Introduction In this…

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Creating an Active/Active SQL Cluster using Hyper-V: Part1 Virtualized Storage

Introduction In this series of posts I will walk you through the processes of creating an Active/Active SQL server cluster using Hyper-V and Microsoft iSCSI target software for virtualized SAN. The target is to create first a storage server hosted on a normal Windows 2008 R2 server. Then connect to this server using two other…

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Solved: How to move a Hyper-V virtual machine without Exporting it first

So you have created many virtual machines in Hyper-V manager and suddenly you want to move one of them in a new HDD or just rename the folder holding it, you will find that this is not a trivial task! Hyper-V management service holds an open handle to the XML file describing the virtual machine…

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