Initializing Auto-Start WCF/Workflow Services

AppFabric AutoStart feature is built on top of IIS 7.5 AutoStart feature. IIS 7.5 provides an extensibility point where you can specify your custom initialization providers which will be executed as part of application start-up and gives you the ability to perform costly initialization. For example, pre-populating an AppFabric cache. Windows Server AppFabric uses this…

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ADM SoundBytes: Identity in the cloud

Our next SoundByte is: “Identity in the cloud: Access Control Service usage scenarios”   It is charged at the rate of 1 hour from your ADM contract. For this price you may have up to 2 Live Meeting connections, and you are of course free to use these to broadcast to a room full of…

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Changing the User Account for Reporting Services 2008 (not R2) in SharePoint 2010 in Integrated Mode

It looks like the R2 documentation is either wrong, or simply doesn’t apply when you’re trying to change the account for reporting services Sql 2008. I also found the online docs for 2008 didn’t match what I was seeing (detailed here:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb326213(SQL.100).aspx). After changing the account in the configuration manager, the give away message was in…

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DateTime as BigInt

Been looking at writing RML utilities for Analysis services, and having some success, however, the function that kept coming up was generating the datetime as a bigint -> all I really need is the number of zeros for each value. For my own sanity here is the current datetime down to the nearest second expressed…

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My new favourite diagnostic query for CPU

So, what do you do when you’ve been running a stress test, Sql CPU has been maxing out, and you’ve not been running profiler (to analyze in RML Utils) so have got no record of what happened – ans, provided te DMVs haven’t been cleared by the time you get to the box, the following…

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ADM SoundBytes: A lap around the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)

Our next SoundByte is: “A lap round the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)”. It is charged at the rate of 1 hour from your ADM contract. For this price you may have up to 2 Live Meeting connections, and you are of course free to use these to broadcast to a room full of people in…

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WCF Reliable Messaging Retransmission Algorithm

  When configuring WS-Reliable messaging, you would notice that even though number of retries (MaxRetryCount) is configurable but the interval in which retries are attempted is NOT configurable.  This is because WCF uses an exponential back-off congestion control algorithm to calculate the retry timeout.  This algorithm is internal to WCF and is NOT configurable. The…

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Getting good at Parallel: 1 – Cancellation

This is part of a short series of posts following my presentation ‘Getting Good at Parallel’ for the NxtGenUG Southampton user group. This post is all about the subtleties of Task cancallation in the TPL. The expectation is that you’re already at least vaguely familiar with Tasks (maybe because you attended my session) but to…

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Web Services Federation with ACS v2

To start login into ACS Portal and create a new namespace: Once the namespace is activated, click on the manage link to open the ACS management portal:   Switch to “Application Integration” page which list various endpoints exposed by the ACS Copy the URL of the WS-Federation Metadata endpoint in a new browser window and…

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