Note to self - a blog by Lucas Canavan

Ramblings of a .NET web developer, IT generalist and advocate of the Windows Azure cloud platform

Storing database connection strings for Azure cloud services (including encypting the connection strings)

As my Surface didn't arrive on launch day, I had nothing better to do on a Friday night so...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 10/26/2012

Powershell script to re-install Nuget packages

Here's a simple Powershell script I wrote to re-install the Nuget packages that are associated with...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 11/23/2011

Using a Windows Azure startup script to prevent your site from being shutdown

Did you know that, by default, IIS will shutdown your site upon the following events?a) After being...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 09/30/2011

My SharePoint 2010 developer machine build post

I've built a few machines for SharePoint 2010 development lately so I thought I'd make a note of my...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 07/09/2010

Azure ASP.NET to SQL Hello World! on the Introductory offer

“Inspired” by a pub discussion with a mate last night, I finally got around to doing a...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 06/05/2010

Interesting freely available content from recent web conference

Thought I’d share that I noticed that the videos from the sessions at MIX10 are freely available at:...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 04/03/2010

SharePoint Application Page Button Click Not Working After First Click

I was recently working on a SharePoint Application Page and encountered an issue whereby button...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 04/02/2010

Skip buttons weren't working after installing Win7 RC

After installing Win7 RC on my production Media Center box (ie the box I literally can't watch TV...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 05/23/2009

Building a Win7/2008 R2 box that boots off .vhd's

A cool new feature in Windows7 & Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a .vhd file! Having...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 05/23/2009

SQL updates failing on WSS Developer VM

I noticed SQL updates (KB960089 but also SQL SP3) were failing to apply on the WSS Developer VM....

Author: lucascanavan Date: 05/15/2009

Unexpected prompts for integrated authentication on WSS Developer VM

After installing all outstanding updates on the WSS Developer VM I started getting unexpected...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 05/15/2009

Troubleshooting an unresponsive web server (IIS) – Part 1 of 2, gathering the data

A web server is deemed to be unresponsive if it’s either not providing a response at all and/or it’s...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 04/14/2009

Troubleshooting 101

It’s been far too long between blog posts so here’s a post and a promise to blog more frequently......

Author: lucascanavan Date: 04/13/2009

ASP.NET instrumentation (tracing) to a file

It's often helpful to instrument your code to help with troubleshooting, etc. Instrumentation is...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 04/13/2009

Lucascan's top 5 tips for a healthy ASP.NET application

These tips are reasonably well-known and have been blogged by others. However, considering how often...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 01/06/2008

.NET 2.0 WebException "The underlying connection was closed: A connection that was expected to be kept alive was closed by the server"

I've been working with a few customers lately that have been experiencing this WebException that has...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 08/16/2007

Reducing Netmon trace file size via capturing only a single port using a capture filter

This is a handy tip to reduce the file size of your Netmon traces. This is particularlly useful when...

Author: lucascanavan Date: 08/15/2007

Using Microsoft Network Monitor (Netmon) to capture a network trace

  1. Download and install Netmon from the following URL. Note, the password for the .zip is "trace"....

Author: lucascanavan Date: 08/15/2007