Saturday, December 10, 2016

Installing a Wildcard SSL Certificate to IIS

If you ever have the need to install a Wildcard SSL Certificate, you may encounter a problem whereby the SSL Certificate is generated with a particular CSR (Certificate Request), but other servers will inevitably generate different CSRs (Certificate Requests)!

Therefore, how do you install the same Wildcard SSL certificate to MULTIPLE SERVERS?

Well, in this case, you need to EXPORT the SSL Certificate as a .pfx file and then subsequently import the SSL certificate on subsequent servers in order to be able to utilize it without re-generating separate certificate requests.

You can find instructions for backing up/exporting to a .pfx file and then subsequently importing the .pfx file here: https://www.digicert.com/ssl-support/pfx-import-export-iis-8.htm

Easily sharing screenshots for FREE!

I was just working with a support representative and they introduced me to a very neat FREE website for sharing screenshots with others: https://snag.gy/

The instructions for Windows are pretty simple!


  1. Click on the window you want to capture
  2. Press Alt + Print Screen
  3. Click back on this webpage
  4. Press Ctrl + V to upload the image

After uploading the image, you will get a unique Url that you can share with friends or colleagues in order to provide information about your system.  It is especially useful for troubleshooting computer issues or communicating with technical support!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Get Started with Visual Studio Code

If you want to get started with development very quickly without the hassle of installing the full Visual Studio IDE (an hour long or more installation), then you should definitely check out Visual Studio Code!

Visual Studio Code installs in a matter of minutes similar to Notepad++ and offers extensions for C#, MSBuild, XML etc.

You can download Visual Studio Code from here: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/?dv=win

You can then read more about how to use Visual Studio Code here: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/whyvscode

To demonstrate how easy it is to get up and running with Visual Studio Code to begin writing C# class files with Intellisense, you can check out the screenshots below:













In less than 5 minutes, I was up and running writing C# class files!  Cool, huh??

Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate released!

Visual Studio 2017 has now entered the Release Candidate phase and is available for download!
https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/visual-studio-2017-rc/

If you want a full overview of the new features and functionality introduced in Visual Studio 2017, you can check out the Release Notes here: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/releasenotes/vs2017-relnotes

Friday, November 25, 2016

PluralSight Black Friday deal!

PluralSight is offering a Black Friday deal on an annual subscription to their training!

For just $199, you can get an annual personal PluralSight subscription! That is a $100 discount off of their normal annual subscription price!  Woo hoo!

You should hurry before this deal runs out!  https://learn.pluralsight.com/offers/black-friday-2016?aid=701j0000002B6ujAAC&oid=701j0000002B6ueAAC&promo=&utm_campaign=black+friday&utm_content=&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=social&utm_term=

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Team Foundation Server 2017 Released!

In case you haven't already read the news, Team Foundation Server 2017 has been released!  https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/releasenotes/tfs2017-relnotes

One of the most exciting features of Team Foundation Server 2017 is the release of the much anticipated "Code Search" Feature: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2016/11/16/announcing-code-search-on-team-foundation-server-2017/

Finally, you can search for code throughout your Team Foundation Server project repository!

In addition, most Team Foundation Server Power Tools functionality has been directly integrated into TFS 2017 so there should be little need to separately install the TFS Power Tools as has been common with all previous releases of TFS.

There are a large number of enhancements to TFS 2017 that seem to make it a worthwhile upgrade overall and a significant step up even from its predecessor TFS 2015!

Unfortunately, on the down side, Project Server integration has been removed with this release and will only be available via 3rd party integrations going forward.  https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/work/office/sync-ps-tfs


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A specified logon session does not exist in Windows 10

I was recently helping a friend with his Windows 10 machine to connect to his network NAS device and I encountered this error message:

"The mapped network drive could not be created because the following error has occurred:
A specified logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated."

This was incredibly odd since he stated that it had been working fine just a few weeks earlier!

Well, after a quick search on the Internet, I came across this posting: http://superuser.com/questions/968879/windows-10-map-network-drive-a-specified-logon-session-does-not-exist

According to the posting, it stated that a Windows update changed the behavior of Windows 10 causing standard connectivity to network devices such as NAS devices using a guest account would require special setup through Credential Manager!

Here are the steps I followed to get this up and running:

I opened Credential Manager from the Windows Control Panel:




I then clicked on "Windows Credentials":



I then clicked on the link for "Add a Windows credential"


I then proceeded to enter the credentials for my network device in the format \\MYNASDEVICE



When I next connected to my friend's NAS device simply using \\MYNASDEVICE in Windows Explorer, it opened without any issues!  Hurrah!!