Adding Nokia JBL PowerUp to Windows 10

I have a Nokia charging station in my office that also doubles as a nice speaker whilst I am working. Here is the spec., now I have always struggled to pair it to Windows before as it always failed, so here are my steps so that someone else doesn’t have the same problem. Make…


New cmd.exe features in Windows 10

So in Windows 10, cmd.exe has had some love finally! Open your command prompt and right click and go to Properties. By far my favourite is the Ctrl+V that finally works!!

A Windows Service hybrid Console that installs itself

I have sent this previously to a few of my customers when I see them having issues around console applications and services and the whole installer issue. This is nothing new, I just thought it was time I wrote it down to help others. The normal symptoms I see are two projects; one for a…


Setting an IP to address to be static and then dynamic in C#

Yesterday, I was with a colleague and we were discussing how to set an IP address to be static for a particular use case and then go back to being dynamic. We discussed netsh and PowerShell, but I just wanted to see if we could achieve it in C# code. So, just in case anybody…


TF400856: The following service is not registered in the database: FileContent.

Within TFS 2013 Update 2 you may come across the above error. A job was introduced to migrate BLOB data after the system had been upgraded from the old schema to the new schema in order to reduce upgrade time. There are two fixes for this. Upgrade to TFS 2013 Update 3 Run this script…

How to subscribe to Azure Notifications

You can get notifications about Azure Status by subscribing to the RSS feed at Azure Status dashboard It is possible to then subscribe to this feed via Outlook or any other RSS Reader.

Features added in Microsoft Test Manager 2010–>2013

There have been so many great features added by Ravi Shanker and the team, I have posted these here so I can access them when asked! VS 2012 (Microsoft Test Manager) – RTM: Compatibility of Microsoft Test Manager with Visual Studio 2010 Manual Testing Windows Store Apps Enhanced Action Logs for Windows Store Apps Exploratory…

Visual Studio 14 in Azure

So if you have ever followed Microsoft’s versioning, we will never release a version 13 of Visual Studio as it is deemed unlucky. So version 14 will likely be Visual Studio 2014 and the one thing I love about Azure is that you can have a version ready installed to see the new features and…

How to bulk import Test Cases into Visual Studio Online

A customer of mine didn’t want to renew their license with Quality Centre as all of their requirements were in TFS and the business were planning iterations there; but their test cases were not linked up with those requirements. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to easily move your Test Cases from QC into…


WebDeploy using publish settings

In the new version of Web Deploy 3.6 you can now use your publish settings that were created within Visual Studio. So instead of doing this msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -source:contentPath=d:\web\wwwroot -dest:contentPath=siteName,computername=https://dev/msdeploy.axd?site=siteName,username=myUser,password=myPass,authtype=basic Can now be simplified to this: msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -source:contentPath=d:\web\wwwroot -dest:contentPath=siteName,publishsettings=d:\dev.PublishSettings Happy days!