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2016 (4)

SSMS 2016 where have my line breaks gone?

I’m hoping it’s not just me but one of the things I was missing from SSMS 2014 is that I had my line breaks when copying large text fields out of the query results. For a long time I have been putting it off and only using SSMS 2014, last week I re-i

 

Visual Studio Team Services Overview - Video Series

A couple weeks ago I was asked to present at DUT to a group of students. The presentation was quite a long one so I had to cut some bits out in order to present in the timeslot that I had. So I decided that I'd record all the content and post it up s

 

Making a Cake Day

Today I decided to record a presentation I did recently. It will be posted soon but in the meantime here's something else . While I was busy recording my wife (Tiani) decided that her and the kids would make a cake. It was as usual one of the best ca

 

VSTS widget for GitHub badges

When I first heard about the SDK for widgets in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) I wanted to make a couple of widgets, one of these was a GitHub widget that would show some info from any GitHub repo on your VSTS dashboard. This can can be helpful w

 

2015 (16)

Setting up TFS Build Agents fast

So you could make a script that can do the bits below but if you don’t here is how you can easily create build agents fast for TFS 2015+ or VSO. Now I’m not saying you should run a million agents of a single machine but this could be applied the same

 

Load testing using Azure

So everyone wants to have the ultimate system that never breaks can handle ‘all’ the users and shows no strain when doing so. How do you accomplish something like this? Well you could hire developers that know all the best ways to do everything, expe

 

Browsing localhost with the Microsoft Edge Browser

So if you using windows 10 and doing some web development you would probably have noticed that you can't browse localhost for some reason. And there is a couple of feedback items for it in the Windows Feedback app. I'm currently trying to use Micro

 

A 'Hello World' for VSTS Extensions

So if you haven't heard yet VSO Extensions are now in a private preview where you can sign up to get into the preview on extensions integration site. These extensions in the shortest sentence a supported way of doing customizations to VSO that will r

 

Creating Iterations in VSTS

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of VSO Then click on Iterations You should now see your Iterations for this Team Project From here you can add New child iterations t

 

Connecting Test Manager to VSTS

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online. So for the developers we have connected Visual Studio to VSO but what about something for the QA guys. Well we all know that they spend a lot of time in Microsoft Test Manager so here's

 

Connecting Visual Studio to VSTS

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online. Long Way After you have a new Team Project in VSO you would eventually want to connect your Visual Studio to it. Open Visual Studio Open Team Explorer by click View and then Team Expl

 

Creating your first VSTS Team Project

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online. So leading off from the last post in the series where we just created a new VSO account we can click on our account in the list of accounts and then we are taken to the Create your fir

 

Create a new VSTS account

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online. To get this series started we will start with the most basic of activities which is creating a new Visual Studio Online account. Navigate to http://www.visualstudio.com/ in your favorite

 

They said Select * was bad but...

So speaking to any smart database people they will generally tell you that the SELECT * FROM ... is a bad idea and should not be used. Today (well would of been if I didn't procrastinate) I spent many hours debugging something from the wrong places b

 

Cleaning up the Taskbar on Windows 10

The number 1 thing voted for under Taskbar currently is to hide the new Search bar and task view buttons To show that Microsoft is listening below is how you can hide these. Hide Task View button To hide the Task View button simple right click o

 

Fixing The process cannot access the file because it is...

I had some "Weird" things happening with IIS on one of my developer machines. After trouble shooting for a while I decided that was definitely not winning and removed all features from my pc that were even the slightest related to IIS, my pc required

 

How to Enable Alternate Credentials in Visual Studio Team...

Your VSO Account Ok so obviously the first you need is to have a VSO account. If you have one already, awesome, continue on and skip this section. If not then you can get at http://www.visualstudio.com/. All you need to do is click on Sign up, fill

 

Windows Insider Program: Changes to Terms of Use

This is just an FYI

 

Know it. Prove it. 28 days to rock your skills.

If you haven't heard yet Microsoft Virtual Academy are running "know it. Prove it". This is a great opportunity to learn something new or extend your current knowledge in one of the 8 topics available.    The Know it. Prove it. challenge

 

Failover or Restart Results in Reseed of Identity - FIX

This post has been ported from http://www.sqlservercentral.com/scripts/MS+SQL+2012/93043/ which I then repeated on https://gbeeming.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/failover-or-restart-results-in-reseed-of-identity-fix/. There existed an "issue" for us when

 

2014 (43)

Using Azure Resource Manager

In the new Azure Portal you create all your resources in Resource Groups, there is also as part of the Azure SDK's a module called AzureResourceManager  by default the module loaded for the Azure SDK is AzureServiceManagement. A blurb from one o

 

Creating a new Azure Active Directory User

Open the Azure Management Portal, login and then navigate to the Active Directory tab and click on the Active Directory resource you want to add a user to, alternatively create a new Azure Active Directory resource and then come back to this post. N

 

Assign a Azure Subscription to a existing user

If you have logged into the Azure Management Portal and see a message like below then you need to have a azure subscription assigned to you in order to use the portal and this post is going to help you (probably your Administrator) assign a subscript

 

Application Insights for Windows Store Apps in Azure Portal

If you've been using Application Insights for a while now you would have noticed that with recent Visual Updates the Application Insights SDK had been updated to use a new version that logs AI data into the new Azure Portal. From this if you use Wind

 

Webinar - Performance Tuning .NET & SQL Code using ANTS...

Friend of Red Gate (and .NET MVP) Mitchel Sellers will be hosting it for us alongside Red Gate's APP product manager Ben Emmett. We're running it in conjunction with LinkedIn group LIDNUG (LinkedIn .NET User Group) who have over 52,000 members so we'

 

My Experience with Codealike

I have been using Codealike for a while now and thought I'd share my experience and things that I like about codealike with everyone. I did mention codealike on This Week on Ch9 when I hosted it last week with Greg Duncan. What is codealike? Codealik

 

Pushing a new project to Chocolatey

Inspiration Today my DotNet Pretty articles were featured on @coding4fun by Greg Duncan and one of the comments by Niner bc3tech (@bc3tech) requested that I share this solution on Chocolatey. I decided that this was a good idea and decided to share

 

Configuring a Chocolatey Install

So yesterday I posted Pushing a new project to Chocolatey and I said I would create another post showing how to configure how the Chocolatey install runs and this is that post . ChocolateyInstall.ps1 The first (only really) step to do this is creatin

 

Activating your Windows 10

So you shouldn't need to do this but in my case for some reason I needed to activate windows after performing and upgrade from Windows 8.1. In my case I tried activating Windows by clicking on Activate Online and that didn't work for me. I managed t

 

Changing the theme in Windows 10

In windows 10 when you go to Change the background and colors on Start it loads up the Color and Appearance window which does let you change the accent and background color for windows. So you stuck with that weird purple looking theme or I manage

 

Creating a VSTS Account for Demos

I need a VSO account for Demos which needs to be separate from my personal and business VSO accounts. The problem is though if you go to the Visual Studio Online page and click Get started for free and then sign in with your existing account detail

 

Turning "on" local cache for NuGet

My internet connection is slow or down quite a lot. One of the things Robert MacLean pointed out today in a presentation at a Microsoft Dev Day event today is that is that you can make use of the local cache from previous downloaded packages. Below i

 

SQL Prompt 6.4 Release

Recently SQL Prompt 6.4 was released. Below are some of my favorite features from this release . Execute current statement I used to highlight a bunch of text (a couple of statements) then press F5 to execute that statement. With this new release you

 

Upgrade/Publish TFS 2013 Process Templates with PowerShell

I use to make a lot of TFS customizations and had to apply the template changes to multiple team projects which took a bit of time. Depending on the method you use it could be a quick or loooong process . When I first started doing customizations I u

 

TFS Work Item Visualizers

In my last post (Introduction to DotNet Pretty) I mentioned that I would be added more visualizers to DotNet Pretty soon . Today I finally managed to get around to that and added some visualizers for TFS Work Items. 3 new visualizers were added 2 deb

 

Creating "fake" TFS Builds

This post has been ported from https://gbeeming.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/creating-fake-tfs-builds/. Sometimes you can’t always use the tools you want to use. This is especially true when there is already a bunch of stuff setup around existing tools.

 

Introduction to DotNet Pretty

Some Background on why Another thing that come out of last weeks training was Visual Studio Debuggers. This lead to me finding the coolest visualizer ever called TPL Dataflow Debugger Visualizer which allows you to easily visualize your TPL Dataflow

 

Organize your Music Collection

I was looking for a PowerShell script that would remove all media tags (post coming) from a folder of music that I have and along the way I came across a blog post called PowerShell - Automatically organizing your mp3-collection. Although this wasn't

 

Do you know Optional Parameters?

Up until about an hour ago I thought I knew how optional parameters worked but didn't actually. I thought (probably without giving it too much thought) that optional parameters would compile to something that would reflect having multiple overloads a

 

One year as ALM Ranger and First day as ALM MVP

So a year ago today I joined the ALM Rangers family and have recently been "promoted" into an active ALM Ranger and worked on projects like Upgrade Guide, Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide and Flight Plan. Today I received my email in

 

How to get your identity tokens

This post has been ported from http://gbeeming.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/how-to-get-your-identity-tokens/. I’ve always found that it’s slightly harder than it needs to be to get the keys for apps to authenticate against Twitter, Facebook, Google and M

 

Sys Internals Updater

During Channel 9 Live: Defrag Tools Live – Mark Russinovich, Mark Russinovich mentioned that one of the apps might not have been up to date on the machine he was showing really cool things on . So then I thought hey I never update my sys internals ap

 

Sharing code that uses Application Insights

So you have a project that uses Application Insights and want to share it with the world. Sure you just post it to CodePlex, GitHub or some other place that allows publishing of code don't you. NO!!! Something that you don't want to do is share your

 

Using Application Insights with an existing Windows Store...

If you haven't heard or read about Application Insights you should go to MSDN and read up on all the awesomeness that you can get by using this new feature of VSO. You can also take a look at the Channel 9 series on Application Insights for Visual St

 

Hubs.tt will save your life

Updates have been made, see the end of the post Recently I started playing with SignalR using TypeScript, one of the things that very quickly made it's way into my project is the Hubs.tt T4 template file Hubs.tt is a "T4 template that creates Typesc

 

Easily download Ch9 videos

I watch and download a lot of videos from Channel 9 and because I’m a developer and always looking for ways to speed up anything I do I searched for a PowerShell script. I eventually found one (can’t remember where) and immediately set it up to downl

 

TF400917: The current configuration is not valid for this...

UPDATE: This has been identified as a bug and will be fixed in the next release for on-premise So if you have a lot customizations in your process template there is a slight chance you would have seen the error below after the upgrade. If you have c

 

Packt Publishing Celebrating 2000 Titles

Have you heard about the campaign that Packt Publishing is running at the moment? They are celebrating 2000 published titles, below are just 3 of the titles that you can get. For more info see http://bit.ly/1j26nPN. Team Foundation Server 2013 Custo

 

Increase the value of your dashboard with TFS 2013 Update 2

Did you hear? Somasegar blogged that Team Foundation Server 2013 RC is a go-live release. What does that mean for you and your customers? One word AWESOMENESS You might be wonder why I'm so excited about this release. One of the many reasons wh

 

Visual Studio Hangs + SystemCertificates + Fiddler

For the last while I have been experiencing weird hangs with Visual Studio 2013. To try identify what was causing the hangs or at least where about the problem was I ran ProcMon.exe on devenv.exe and the point where Visual Studio hung I was getting t

 

Using Application Insights with a new Windows Store App

If you haven't heard or read about Application Insights you should go to MSDN and read up on all the awesomeness that you can get by using this new feature of VSO. You can also take a look at the Channel 9 series on Application Insights for Visual St

 

Download #MVA Content with PowerShell

So I'm starting to go through some of the content on Microsoft Virtual Academy but I don't have time to do this when I'm by a good internet connection and at the same time don't have time when by the good internet connection to run though all the con

 

TF400324: Team Foundation services are not available from...

This post was originally found on my old blog at http://gbeeming.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/tf400324-team-foundation-services-are-not-available-from-server/. Full Error TF400324: Team Foundation services are not available from server <Server/Collect

 

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 Released

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 has been released and as usual you are able to use the /layout argument to download all the files so you can share them locally instead of everyone downloading them. As mentioned in Brian Harry's blog here there is no upda

 

Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 1

In these posts we will be going through creating different elements that can be found in the Team Explorer, the aim is to give you the ground knowledge required to extend Team Explorer your way. For an example of some great Team Explorer plugins that

 

Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 3

In Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 2 we created a Team Explorer Navigation Item and we will be using that item in this post and therefore assume that you have been through it already and created the navigation item. Creatin

 

Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 4

In Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 3 we created a Team Explorer Page and we will be using that item in this post and therefore assume that you have been through it already and created the page. Creating a Team Explorer Sect

 

Creating a CheckPoint VPN Connection on Windows 8.1

So we use CheckPoint VPN, but the most frustrating part is that when a new version on windows is released the CheckPoint VPN client is incompatible with it and makes your computer weird when you do try use it. For a while now I (and others) have been

 

How to Enforce Check-In Policies

So one of the benefits of using Server side Plugins is that you can't override them. The problem with this is that the users don't know that the policy is in place until they check-in their code. Wouldn't it be nice if me as a user were told this is

 

Download Brian Keller's VM with PowerShell

So yesterday and update for Brian Keller's VM (Visual Studio 2013 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts) was release "Updated January 9, 2014: The VM was upgraded to include all applicable Visual Studio 201

 

Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 2

In Getting start with a Team Explorer Plugin for VS 2013 Part 1 we setup a base to start extending Team Explorer, this post assumes you have already have the base project setup. Creating a new Team Explorer Navigation Item Add a new const to the Guid

 

Start-BitsTransfer : Object reference not set to an...

Today I find myself with yet another bit of functionality that only works when you are running in Administrator Mode. A while back I had Full Admin Mode always enabled, downside of this is the store apps don't work at all. Up side is your PC works as

 

Cryptographic failure while signing assembly

Today I got a weird error on code that should just work. Cryptographic failure while signing assembly '<Debug Assembly Full Path>' -- 'Error signing assembly -- Unknown error (8013141c)'    <Solution Full Path>\CSC The reas

 

2013 (4)

Add work item links from check in comments

The other night while watching the Visual Studio 2013 Launch a question came up asking if the team had added support yet for automatically linking work items to the change set created  when checking in as it currently is in Git. Currently this f

 

TypeScript : Emit Error: Write to file failed..

I have been playing around with TypeScript for a while and usually I just publish from my machine but today I decided to setup a CI build for the solution and found that I received the error  <Path to file>.ts (1): Emit Error: Write to file fa

 

Visual Studio 2012 – Paste Special Feature

Generally the longest and most frustrating part of using a 3rd party API is making all the C# classes that the data will plugin to after you make requests into those API’s. In Visual Studio 2013 2012 (JSON Support added in 2012 Update 2) this experie

 

First post here

So this is my first post in my new blog which I should be using for quite a bit longer than I Currently have been using my previous blogs on WordPress. I am using a base that was started by Mads Kristensen on GitHub called MiniBlog. I am trying where

 
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