March 3, 2013SQL Analysis Cube,Team Foundation Server
I have a TFS 2012 infrastructure designed according to Microsoft’s proposed multi-machine architecture. I am currently running Team Foundation Server 2012 with Update 1. A few weeks ago, I noticed my reports in SharePoint not being updated. Upon examining the web service admin interface (http://<your url>:8080/tfs/TeamFoundation/Administration/v3.0/WarehouseControlService.asmx), I was able to confirm that the jobs were not running.
You’ll notice in the attachment, my request to the process service is: 2013-02-16T23:29:54, however, the last time the Incremental ran was 2013-02-16T20:35:28. Furthermore, there is no <NextRun /> element. I’ve checked the settings, and its set to run every 7200 seconds (the 2-hour default).Read more
November 30, 2012Exchange,Office365
There are some instances where you wish to map alias email addresses to an account in Office365 (Office Online).
November 8, 2012SharePoint,SQL
On one of my SharePoint installations, I was having a ton of issues with SharePoint Search. I had created a SharePoint Search Application post-install with a different service account. The search application starting adding an additional 10 MB to the individual log files. I would reset the IIS application pool, but would see the search application continuing to run.
November 7, 2012SharePoint,Active Directory,PowerShell
In instances where your network administrator has created an external trust with another domain, you may want the SharePoint People Picker to find users in the external AD.
According to Microsoft’s TechNet, “The People Picker automatically issues queries to all two-way trusted domains when it uses the application pool account to search for users and groups. When you select a secondary account in the People Picker, the primary account information will be returned.” Therefore, by default two-way trusts are automatically searched.
October 15, 2012Algorithms,C#,LINQ
By definition, a factor is one of two or more positive numbers that when multiplied together produce a given product. For example, given the integer 24, the count of factors 8.
The below algorithm tests the range of numbers from 1 to a given integer. If the given interger divided by the current number returns a remainder of 0, then the current number is a factor of the given integer.
Get the source control, including unit tests: GetFactorsCount.zip (9.43 kb)
By definition, a factor is one of two or more positive numbers that when multiplied together produce a given product. For example, given the integer 24, the factors are [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24].
The below algorithm tests the range of numbers from 1 to a given integer. If the given integer divided by the current number returns a remainder of 0, then the current number is a factor of the given integer.
Get the source control, including unit tests: GetFactors.zip (9.85 kb)
August 8, 2012SQL,SSMS
There’s a lot of times when people need to restore databases from a network (UNC) path. There are two ways of doing this:
June 6, 2012C#,ASP.NET,SharePoint
There are times when developing custom web parts and other SharePoint solutions, you need to impersonate a user and view SharePoint from within their context.
Impersonating a user in SharePoint requires a few things:
June 3, 2012C#,LINQ,ASP.NET,Silverlight,SQL,Entity Framework,WCF
The other day I was needing a way to test some LINQ statements from an application which rebuilds a database while performing some calculations. The rebuilding process is just shy of 24 hours.
Besides, there have been numerous other times in which I needed to test LINQ statements.
Troubleshooting LINQ can be difficult at times due to it deferred execution – the statement is executed as the last possible moment. I wanted a tool similar to SQL Management Studio in which I could run LINQ queries against a database. Thus, I stumbled upon (actually, it wasn’t very hard to find) LINQPad.
Since, finding it, LINQPad has allowed me to test my queries prior to implementation in the application. Therefore, I can better predict the result instead of waiting through a long process and/or waiting for QA to troubleshoot.
LINQPad allows the user to run C#, VB.NET, F# and SQL statements/expressions against the database – very flexible and extremely helpful. LINQPad’s flexibility allows the connection’s data context to be LINQ to SQL, Entity Framework and WCF (OData).
Take a look at LINQPad at www.linqpad.net.
June 3, 2012Active Directory,SQL,SQL Analysis Cube,Team Foundation Server
I was asked to take over a TFS installation. Apparently, there was no one, previously, knowledgeable in administering Team Foundation Server because there were many installation and configuration issues – it was a mess.
One such issue was misassignment of user permissions. For instance, the business needed multiple users to have access to the TFS analysis cube in order to generate reports and pivot tables in Excel. The business’s solution to granting users “read” access to the cube was to grant them TFS Administrator privileges. In fact, there were over 20 users who were authorized as Team Foundation Administration Console Users.
By doing this, not only does the user have incredibly insane permissions around TFS, but they have administrative privileges (Read/Write) to the analysis cube – they would be added as a member of theTfsWarehouseAdministrator role group on the analysis server.
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