TFS 2010 Beta2: TF255144: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation

Symptoms Do you have an error during installation that looks something like this: Does your log file contain an error that like this: [Info   @08:19:12.404] Starting website 8080 [Error  @08:19:12.705] PRODUCT ISSUE: UNHANDLED EXCEPTION [Error  @08:19:12.717] System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException: The object identifier does not represent…

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Enabling Tracing during TFS 2010 Configuration

Please note: this post applies only to Team Foundation Server 2010 (Beta 1 to current).  It does not apply to TFS 2005, 2008 or any future version (though I suspect that any future version would have similar capabilities). Were you asked to enable tracing during TFS configuration?  Is the configuration process crashing and not leaving…

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Reading Twitter Data with C# and LINQ

I wanted to read Twitter.com search results (tweets) using C#.  I started by deciding that a tweet looks something like this: public class Tweet { public string Id { get; set; } public DateTime Published { get; set; } public string Link { get; set; } public string Title { get; set; } public Author…

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How I Use Hyper-V to Configure my Development Environment

Prior to using Hyper-V as part of my daily development and test efforts I wasted man weeks every year.  I lost days at a time configuring machines and recovering from updated NDP builds.  I wasted hours every week repeating the same steps over and over. I will be bold enough to say that Hyper-V allows…

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Windows 7 Feature I Like – Programmer’s Calculator

I just installed Windows 7 beta on a Hyper-V VM (1GB RAM, single proc, 127 expandable drive) and found that the calculator has changed and I like it. Beyond Standard and Scientific there are two new modes, Programmer and Statistics. Programmer supports Binary, Hex, Octal and Decimal and includes a slick variable length (byte to…

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