Setup Identity and Access Tools for Visual Studio 2012

There are a couple of options for installing the tools that are mentioned here.  Here are the steps to installing Identity and Access Tools from the Extension Manager in Visual Studio: Start Visual Studio 2012. From the menu select TOOLS | Extensions and Updates. . . Click the Online extensions node in the tree view…

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Which WCF Binding Is Best?

[Updated – 10/3/2012: An astute reader pointed out that the sample below will produce some inconsistent results based on the order of the bindings being compared.  This is because of things like JIT compilation, internal caching, etc.  As a quick fix, I added two lines of code to the CompareBindings method to “warm up” the binding elements that will…

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Using a Server Certificate to Protect Web.Config

Using ASP.NET’s protected configuration feature is recommended when your Web.Config file contains sensitive information.  The .NET Framework gives you two protected configuration providers, DpapiProtectedConfigurationProvider and RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider.  Depending on your application requirements, you can use either of these to get the job done. You can also create your own protected configuration provider and there is a…

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Monitoring Client-Outbound WCF Calls

Recently a colleague asked me if I knew of a way to monitor outbound WCF calls for an application.  He just wanted to be able to see the number of outbound calls an application was making.  Performance Monitor normally provides the answer to these kinds of questions.  Unfortunately, the performance counters for WCF are primarily…

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