NTFS Junction Points

I spent some time this weekend organizing a few files and source code repositories. As part of this process, I wanted to take advantage of NTFS hard-links and junction points, both of which are supported on Windows Server 2003/8 and Vista. I had no problems with hard-links at all. I'm...

GMail + Vim

I've been a big GMail user ever since I got my first account and I've gotten very used to it. About a year ago I switched the email for my website and our corporate email over to Google Apps and eventually was able to drop Outlook completely [1]. I've been...

Controlling BizTalk Orchestrations with PowerShell

Here's a sample PowerShell script/functions to start/stop BizTalk orchestrations. This is an extended version of the Stop-Orchestration VBScript included in the BizTalk 2006 SDK, which I hope someone finds useful :-). The script can be used to start or stop either a specific orchestration or a group of orchestrations defined...

BizTalk Filters not Getting Imported

... or how automatic formatting of XML files can make you miserable. During the last few days I've been helping out a client get ready for deploying a BizTalk solution. One of those things this involved was taking the existing BizTalk Binding XML files and making minor edits to them...

403 Forbidden in Reporting Services

I just spent a good chunk of time fighting a problem with my SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services installation. I had not previously used it on this machine so it should've been exactly as the SQL Server (and SP2) installation program configured it. I started by deploying a new set...

PipelineTesting 1.1.3.0 Released

I just uploaded a new update to my PipelineTesting library. This one comes courtesy of Gregory Van de Wiele, who kindly made me aware of a nasty bug: The library wasn't handling schemas with no targetNamespace correctly when adding them to the pipeline context. Because of this, you needed to...

Updated PS & BizTalk Posts

I just took a few moments to update some of my old posts on administering BizTalk Server using PowerShell: Listing BTS Adapters with PowerShell BizTalk Ports with PowerShell BTS Suspended Messaging Instances with PowerShell BTSReset with PowerShell Here are some of the changes: Reformatted code samples so that they were...

Duplicate Column Name When Deploying BAM Definition

I've been playing around a bit with Business Activity Monitoring in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and ran into a problem deploying a BAM definition XML file I had just created in Excel. When I tried to deploy the definition, I'd get an error similar to this one: Deploying Activity... Done....

Net.MSMQ and Poison Messages

The Net.MSMQ Binding in Windows Communication Foundation has some built-in support for detecting and handling "Poison Messages". One of the most useful ways of handling Poison Messages in queuing systems is to get them out of the way so that following messages can still be processed (if you're not doing...

Enabling Font Smoothing on NetBeans

I've been working on some Java stuff lately and instead of using Eclipse as I usually do, I started working with NetBeans 6.1. It works reasonably well (much more than I expected). However, I run into one really annoying issue: NetBeans looked great on my Ubuntu box; but when I...