.Net ramblings
# Sunday, 26 October 2008
IIS6 Service Unavailable, after installing KB 958644
IIS went down this morning after KB 958644 was isntalled automatically last night. My sites were showing "Service Unavailable"
there were several system event logs like so:
  • A process serving application pool '.Net 2.0 App Pool' suffered a fatal communication error with the World Wide Web Publishing Service. The process id was '2960'. The data field contains the error number.
  • Application pool '.Net 2.0 App Pool' is being automatically disabled due to a series of failures in the process(es) serving that application pool.

rebooting the server did not solve the problem.  so, on further research, KB article 885654 revealed the cause of the errors, lack of registry permissions for NETWORK SERVICE.  i hadn't changed any configuration on the server so assumed it was caused by a change in that windows update package.  i dug out ProcessMonitor and set up a registry filter for w3wp.exe where the Result was ACCESS DENIED.  there were about 50 entries during the time i enabled event capture and loaded up one of the sites that uses the affected application pool.  Most of them pointed to SystemCertificates entries.  I went through each one in regedit and gave NETWORK SERVICE full control where the process attempted to Create a key, and Read only access where the process attemped to Open the key.  worked fine then.

hope this helps someone out.

Sunday, 26 October 2008 13:41:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Format a FAT32 partition above 32Gb
Windows has a pointless 32Gb sizelimitation on FAT32 partitions.
a very sound chap called Tom Thornill wrote a partition formatting utility that does not have this limit. full details on his site


Wednesday, 28 November 2007 15:04:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  General | Windows Server

# Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Deploy Crystal Reports for VS 2008 (RTM)
if, like me, you were running VS 2008 Beta 2 on a server and you had crystal reports working fine, and then recompiled your projects in VS 2008 RTM, you may get an error like this when you try and create a crystal report on a production server:
System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x800736B1):
Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID
{5FF57840-5172-4482-9CA3-541C7878AE0F} failed due to the following error:
800736b1. at CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine.ReportDocument..cctor()
In my case, i had installed Crystal Reports Runtime for VS 2008 Beta 2, and i never installed the runtime for the RTM version.  it should be available on your VS machine, if you opted for CR in the VS installer:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\CrystalReports10_5

should probably uninstall the old version of the CR runtime while you're at it too. 


Tuesday, 27 November 2007 11:32:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2]  .Net General | Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Sunday, 15 July 2007
Migrating from Windows software RAID to Hardware RAID
i started a thread on the DELL community forums asking about migrating my windows 2003 software RAID setup to a hardware RAID controller, without reinstalling windows.  you can read the thread to get the context for these documented instructions below:

success. after a marathon 7 hour session in the datacenter it finally works. however the whole thing was much too stressful for my liking!

my problems were significantly compounded by the lack of a CD drive, so i had to get my imaging software (Terabyte Unlimited 'Image') to boot via a USB drive, which was never going to be easy with a Dell BIOS etc. although to be fair it does work, once you understand that you must reboot after configuring the BIOS to recognise the USB drive, and then go into the bios again and tell it what order to boot in.

i thought it useful to document the steps i took in case anyone else is in a similar situation.

in summary, i wanted to do an in-place migration from software raid in windows 2003 to hardware raid with the dell/adaptec CERC 6 channel SATA RAID card. all without using a CD drive (trust me, get one if you ever have to do this. i tried but couldn't get the BIOS to recognise the drive).

i got a very helpful email from Terabyte support before starting the migration:
****************************************
Hello,
If you just have a single simple volume (once the software RAID is broke), you can remove the dynamic drive by changing the file system ID back to 7 (via BootItNG partition work/properties). If you backup while dynamic, it will just backup the whole dynamic partition sector by sector.
So what I'd personally do is:
1. break the raid, (maybe remove the secondary drive as a backup)
2. ensure it's a single simple volume that's left (I'm assuming you just have c,
3. boot BootItNG, change the file system ID to 7,
4. boot back to windows (if it didn't boot, just put back the file system id to dynamic),
5. install the CERC drivers (if needed),
6. do the image, with byte-for-byte validation (slower in windows because it thrashes a bit),
7. ensure I can access the image to restore with Image For Dos or Image For Linux.
8. Configure the hardware RAID,
9. restore the image (use additional option of TA when restoring the boot partition).
*****************************************

windows software RAID requires dynamic disks, which are not officially reversible back to basic disks. this further complicated the process because i wanted to go back to basic disks for the RAID. you can convert back to a basic disk as described above with BootItNG, and also via the DskProbe windows support tool, instructions available from: http://www.nthelp.com/NT6/dynamic.htm. although i also read that if you use software raid, you shouldn't use this approach, so i unplugged the second drive, booted into windows and removed the mirror, and the offline disk from Windows Disk Manager. Then i changed to a basic disk via DskProbe and it did work, although DiskManager reported a single drive, which was marked offline or something very worrying like that. however the files were all there and working etc.

i followed the instructions above, although i did install the RAID card before changing any drivers or removing the software RAID, and i got windows to load up the drivers for it, so it would work automatically once booting from the RAID controller. this was one less problem in the equation and i was keen to get it out of the way as early in the process as possible.

to get Image For Dos to boot off USB, i used the bundled 'makedisk' utility without any init strings. I configured the BIOS to emulate a USB drive as a hard drive, floppy did not work. Then rebooted and changed the boot sequence so that the USB drive came first.
the disk image (of the 'active' drive, the other was still unplugged) took about 30 minutes with byte-for-byte validation, ~25Gb of data, copying to an external USB drive, using ImageForDos. i had to change the keyboard to a PS2 connection because in my first attempt the program locked out the keyboard after identifying the USB drive.

then i verified that i could access the image with the restore option. and went ahead with setting up a RAID mirror in the CERC configuration utility. plugged in both drives into ports 4 and 5. incidentally i needed a longer SATA cable for drive0 because it only had a 4inch cable and the RAID plugs on the card are miles away from the drive bays. The cable for the other drive fit with a stretch into the last port on the card.
so i did a reboot, pressed Ctrl-A etc. initialise the 2 drives. set up a RAID 1 mirror as per the manual instructions. i used the quick-init option because i was really in a hurry to get the job done. i set high priority also. i did not 'clear' the drives, but this may have been no harm to do.

then i rebooted and loaded my restore image with ImageForDos. the 'TA' option referred to in the instructions marks the partition active and inserts a standard MBR. it took about 30 minutes again and finished successfully. i was a bit worried because the restore program asked me which drive did i want to restore to, i assumed it didn't matter and chose the second drive. my cause for concern was that i wasn't sure if the controller would do it's mirroring thing during this restore operation. my fears were doubled when i rebooted after the restore, and got a message something like "no operating system, F1 to continue, F2 to setup". at this stage i had about 5 minutes before 'visiting hours' were over in the datacentre and i would have had to take the server home for the weekend to get it ready before monday 9am, no thanks! i thought it had failed. i was about to pack up and go home when i went in to look in the bios one last time in case i missed anything. i didn't change anything, and i also inspected the RAID config via the BIOS utility, but again, didn't change anything. i tried to turn off caching as a desperate attempt to fix the boot problems, but it wouldn't accept the change for some reason. anyhow, i rebooted again, said a quiet prayer, and i couldn't believe it but windows started loading, i was never so happy to see that Windows logo appear on screen (you probably had to be there to understand, 7 hours of white noise from being surrounded by a gzillian racks, no lunch, very frustrated etc!)

now all is well with the 2 drives showing up 'optimal' in the DELL/Adaptec storage manager. i gather this means that the build/verify has already completed in the background. the URL for the storage manager is http://tinyurl.com/2nddta

i didn't want to install all that dell 'management' software that came with the RAID card.
another good thing i forgot to mention. windows disk manager now shows a healthy primary partition for C:. it doesn't say 'fault tolerant' anymore obviously because the software raid is gone and the hardware RAID is abstracted away from the windows disk manager.

hope this helps someone someday.


Sunday, 15 July 2007 00:33:07 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [3]  General | Windows Server

# Saturday, 07 October 2006
HowTo: Deploy Crystal Reports for VS 2005
i found this insanely difficult because none of the supposedly normal options worked.  merge modules didn't seem suitable because i just wanted to install the CR dlls once and for all on the server.  according to an MSDN2 article i should be able to perform a windows installer deployment, but of course when i copy the key code from the VS2005 > Help > About dialog, and use it in the installer on the server, the error message is that the key code has expired or is invalid.  'business objects' appear to be forcing users into an upgrade path for their new product, by claiming that a 'compatibility upgrade' is required for VS 2005, which of course you have to fork out for.  such a load of crap. 
anyway, what eventually worked for me was to go back into my VS 2005 dev machine and create a web set up project. go into the project properties and click the prerequisites button, select CR for .Net 2.0 and then just build the empty setup project. if you look in your output folder, there is an installation file called CRRedist2005_x86.msi.  Just whack this onto the server and your crystal reports should run fine, i didn't need to reboot or restart IIS.  Note there is no also need to copy any of the CR dlls to your web site bin folder. 

yet another miserable failure for crystal reports!


Saturday, 07 October 2006 01:32:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]  .Net General | Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Friday, 04 August 2006
Crystal Reports: Suppress doesn't work for Count(x) = 0
I picked up a tip on the Internet to display a "No records" message if the report contains no records, rather than leaving the user with an empty screen.  Simply Format the text field and enter a formula next to 'Suppress' with something like
Count({Table.Field}) > 0
This will suppress (hide) the message if there are records in the report.

I tried using a similar approach to hide a text field when there are no records, so it is essentially the same thing in reverse.  You would think a simple formula on the 'suppress' property this would achieve the desired effect:
Count({Table.Field}) = 0

But apparently the value returned by Count can be null if there are no records.  so you have to use:

IsNull(Count({Table.Field})) OR Count({Table.Field}) = 0

This is just another crystal reports annoyance, of which there are many.


Friday, 04 August 2006 11:26:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [9]  .Net General | Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Wednesday, 02 August 2006
Crystal Reports: not picking up correct date format
i'm part of the dd/MM/yyyy world, and that often means running into problems when using software developed with MM/dd/yyyy defaults, such as crystal reports. 
i have all the report options set to use the system defaults, which are regionally set to ireland in windows, but that isn't enough, the dates still come out in MM/dd/yyyy format.  i have the date + date/time fields customised within crystal reports to dd/MM/yyyy but that isn't enough either.  with lots of hours googling and no answers that worked, i resorted to searching the registry and found that some of the user accounts were still using US regional settings.  If you look in HKEY_USERS > you see a list of all the account IDs on the computer.  My guess is that crystal reports must use the SYSTEM account or another non-interactive account, and it takes the regional settings from there.  So if you search for sShortDate in the registry, you will find all the appropriate settings and can replace the MM/dd/yyyy values with your preferred format.
i had to reboot to get it to take effect. 


Wednesday, 02 August 2006 20:45:07 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [12]  .Net General | Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Thursday, 02 February 2006
Using Xml DOM with MetaBase.xml
For some reason i can't get SelectNodes to work with the IIS 6 MetaBase.xml file.  It just doesn't return any matches.  I think the structure may be non-standard or too complex, or else i'm not using it right.  but in any case, I worked around the problem by opening the file with File.OpenText and using Regex to parse out the nodes i'm interested in, namely the IISWebServer nodes.

string MetaBase = "";
using(StreamReader sr = File.OpenText(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MetaBasePath"].ToString()))
MetaBase = sr.ReadToEnd();

foreach(Match m in new Regex(@"(?x:)<IIsWebServer[^>]*>.*?</IIsWebServer>", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase).Matches(MetaBase))
{
XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
string IisCode = "", ServerBindings = "", ServerComment = "";
doc.LoadXml(m.Groups[0].Value);
XmlElement node = doc.DocumentElement;
// now you can access the node attributes
...


Thursday, 02 February 2006 13:38:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  .Net General | .Net Windows Forms | Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Monday, 09 January 2006
Great Application: Event Monitor (free)
since i installed .net 2.0 on my web server, i sometimes forget that you can't have .net 1.1 and .net 2.0 running in the same application pool, and then IIS kindly stops all the web sites if i make this mistake when configuring a new website. 
so i wanted to get an email about it if i forget, and went looking on d'internet for a decent little app to monitor events and email me if anything goes wrong. 
the best one i found is called Event Monitor, and it is a great little program.  nice enough UI and good filtering ability.

i set it up to monitor for events with id 1062 (the one that happens when i put .net 1.1 and 2.0 in the same app pool by accident..) and now i get an email straight away if it happens.  2 hours of tic-tac freshness in just 2 calories. great huh?!


Monday, 09 January 2006 15:09:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  Windows Server

# Wednesday, 05 October 2005
Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete via Remote Desktop

i wanted to change the admin password on my web server through remote desktop, but Ctrl-Alt-Delete always goes to the local computer. 

i found out you can also use Ctrl-Alt-End to achieve the same thing, which works in remote desktop.


Wednesday, 05 October 2005 12:35:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [45]  Windows Server

# Friday, 30 September 2005
HowTo: Backup RRAS configuration to text files

Thanks to Dusty Harper for his post on the server.networking MS newsgroup, to backup RRAS settings using Netsh:

Netsh Routing Dump > Routing.txt
Netsh RAS Dump > RAS.txt 

Then you can use Netsh Exec to playback the file.

Note: if you do a ntbackup of system state, the RRAS settings are also included in that.  i just like having the text file versions just in case.


Friday, 30 September 2005 13:49:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]  Windows Server

# Friday, 19 August 2005
HowTo: Clear a stuck print job in Windows

MS Word crashed in the middle of a print job, and the document was stuck in the print queue, not obeying commands to delete or cancel it, even after reboots.
To fix this, i opened c:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS and deleted all the files there.  If the files are locked and won't delete, stop the Print Spooler service first and then delete the files.
This worked for me!

Friday, 19 August 2005 13:41:49 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]  General | Windows Server

# Tuesday, 09 August 2005
FIX: Server 2003 won't shutdown because of 'logged on users'
i encountered problems trying to shut down or reboot my windows server 2003 while logged in via remote desktop.  i initiate a shut down from the start up menu, and it logs me off and quits the RD session, but doesn't power off.  If i try and connect in again with RD, it shows me a blank screen on the server for a few seconds, and then quits with no error message.

if i try running "shutdown -s" then i click OK to the message that the computer is shutting down in 30 seconds, but it never does. system log entry: "Application popup: System Shutdown : The system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. "

finally, if i push the power button it doesn't complete the shut down either. (i have 'shutdown' selected in power management for when the button is pressed).  i do see an event ID 26 in the system log at the time i pressed the button, with the message 'Application popup: Windows : Other people are logged on to this computer. Shutting down Windows might cause them to lose data. Do you want to continue shutting down?'.  this is a bit useless because the server has no mouse/keyboard/monitor, and i have no way to interact that message except using remote desktop (which doesn't even show that message on screen if i am logged in via RD), and i want to force a software shutdown without being asked questions i can't answer!

finally i found a work around to use the command line tool shutdown.exe with some more severe arguments.  This saves my raid array re-synching from hard-resets.

To Reboot:
shutdown.exe -r /t 10 /d p:1:1 /c "Maintenance, Planned"
To Shutdown:
shutdown.exe -s /t 10 /d p:1:1 /c "Maintenance, Planned"

Tuesday, 09 August 2005 09:31:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]  Windows Server

# Thursday, 30 June 2005
IIS6 basic authentication (challenge/response) with PHP not working

i spent ages trying to figure this out.  i set up a secure folder on a php site, and turned off anonymous access in IIS on the folder.  i have it set to basic authentication, and given a windows user account RX permissions on the folder.  so a visitor gets prompted to login with a username/password when they try to access it.  even when i enter the correct details, i am not allowed in, i get 403.1 access denied due to ACL or whatever.

i found out it was because i hadn't given my new user read/execute permissions on the php-cgi.exe file in the PHP folder.  this solved it. hope this helps someone out there who runs into the same problem.


Thursday, 30 June 2005 15:48:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]  Windows Server

# Wednesday, 18 May 2005
HowTo: set up disk status monitoring (i.e. for a raid array) and send results by email

background

i have a raid 1 array on my server, and i was surprised to see no easy solution to setting up an email alert if one of the disks should fail.  luckily it has never happened but apparently windows doesn't even pop up a task-bar alert if it happens. 

what doesn't work

i tried the Windows performance monitoring and alerts, and while it can tell you the average read/writes per second, it can't tell you how many disks are online.  so i looked into WMI which has an API for hard disks, but i encountered a problem with the API not returning the information it is supposed to for disk status.

enter DiskPart.exe

then i discovered DiskPart.exe, a powerful disk management utility bundled with windows server 2003, i think you can get it for server 2000 too with an admin pack or something. 
you can run DiskPart.exe from the command prompt, type: "Select Disk 0" then hit return, next type "Detail Disk" and hit return.  you should see a list of all the volumes on the disk, along with the disk status "Healthy".
In the case of a raid array, i found it more useful to run the following commands:

select disk 0
select volume 0
detail volume

this outputs all the disks that make up the volume (Disk 0 and 1, in my case), and their status. 
Fortunately, you can pipe the output of DiskPart to a text file, and you can also tell DiskPart to run a list of commands from a script, so the whole thing can be automated as a scheduled task in Windows.  I also wrote a simple c# console app to send the contents of the output file in an email.

The .cmd file i have scheduled contains the following lines:

@diskpart /s c:\Scripts\disk_part_commands.txt > c:\scripts\disk_status.txt
@SendMail server@whatever.ie tim@whatever.ie "Server Disk Status" c:\scripts\disk_status.txt

The SendMail program takes in the following parameters: from address, to address, email subject, text file path.  it is hard coded to use the localhost mail server which you can change if you want in the source code (.Net C#).

Download the send mail console app: SendMail.exe (16 KB)

Download the send mail source code: SendMail.txt (1.26 KB)

Taking it further

if i was really serious about it, i would parse the text file and read in the status directly, and only send the email if the status is something other than 'Healthy', but i think it's nice to get an email once a week anyway from the server, reporting it's disk status and letting you know it is still alive.  if somebody does write a little program to parse the output, you could post it here as a comment, that would be great.

i run the script every week, so in the worst case it could operate for 7 days with a dead drive, and the chance is very slim that the other drive will fail within this time.


Wednesday, 18 May 2005 18:39:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]  Windows Server

# Friday, 18 February 2005
FIX: ISAPI Filter won't load on production server IIS

i have an ISAPI filter that i use for an Asp.Net web site.  It worked great on my development PC, but when i went to install it on the production server, it wouldn't load, and there was an event log saying "The HTTP Filter DLL whatever.dll failed to load. The data is the error".

After hunting around the newsgroups, i found out that the production server didn't have version 7.1 of the MFC dlls, as would be the case on a system with VS 2003 installed, hence the reason it wouldn't work.  so i downloaded MFC71.dll and MSVCR71.dll and put them in c:\windows\system32 and registered them with regsvr32.exe, ignoring the warnings about entry points not found.  that fixed it.

To remove this dependency in the DLL altogether, i went back in to VS2003 and in the project options, i changed 'Use of MFC' to a static library, which has resulted in an increased binary size (still only 150k) which i guess means it has included all the MFC stuff in the DLL itself.


Friday, 18 February 2005 18:07:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  Asp.Net | Windows Server

# Saturday, 22 January 2005
Howto: Disable windows automatically adding network printers and faxes

i am configuring my new web server, and i noticed that the event log keeps getting 5 or 6 system warning events about printers getting added or deleted. since i pay close attention to my log, and have no print requirements on the web server, those print logs are clutter. i noticed that windows kept adding in printers that are available on my network, even after i deleted them. after hunting around online, i found that microsoft humbly admit that the feature to automatically add network printers may be undesirable, which it is in my case. at least they let you turn it off.

Open windows explorer, Tools > Folder Options > View > Advanced Settings > turn off "Automatically search for network folders and printers", its the first option in the list.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320138

The KB article says it only applies to XP but it applies to windows server 2003 also.


Saturday, 22 January 2005 22:28:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2]  General | Windows Server

# Monday, 17 January 2005
[FIX] Network bridge with Wireless + Wired connections is slow

Many thanks to James Crossley for his post on google which saved me a lot of bother.

"I have a wired network and an ad-hoc wireless network bridged on a Windows XP machine, which is also connected to broadband. The wired side ran fine but the wireless side ran very slowly (around 500kbps).
It ran at full speed when out of the bridge. The fix for this was:

  1. Run cmd (start, run, type cmd)
  2. type : "netsh bridge show adapter". Check which number is your wireless adpater.
  3. type : "netsh bridge set adapter x forcecompatmode=enable", where x is the number of your wireless adapter.

After I ran this, the network ran at full speed in the bridge."

This worked for me too.  both interfaces are running at normal speeds.


Monday, 17 January 2005 12:33:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2]  General | Windows Server

# Tuesday, 14 September 2004
A sample NTbackup script, with the current date/time in the filename and backup label

This script is based on the FAQ on http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBE/tip2200/rh2265.htm.

If you ever tried to automate NTbackup, you probably got it up and running, scheduled every day or week, but then noticed over time that the date and time labels that go on the backup file are the current date/time of when you created the backup set.  This useful shell script provides a more intelligent solution by parsing the current date and time and inserting them into the filename and backup label.  This makes the backups much easier to identify in the case where you need to restore some files.

The script below makes a full backup (not differential) of the files specified in the backup set.bks. It doesn't verify the backup, and lastly it sends a copy of the backup file to another computer (just in case), that's what the last 3 lines are for.  You can obviously remove this step if you don't want it.

If you don't fully understand all the parameters of the NTbackup.exe... command, it's explained well here.

Save the following text as a .cmd file and add it is a scheduled task in Windows.

@for /f "Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ " %%i in ('date /t') do  @set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l
@for /f "Tokens=1" %%i in ('time /t') do @set tm=-%%i
@set tm=%tm::=-%
@set dtt=%dt%%tm%
@echo Copying backup set: %dtt%.
@echo Please wait...
@C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\backup set.bks" /a /d "Backup %dtt%" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "%dtt%" /l:s /f "G:\Auto Backups\Backup %dtt%.bkf"

@echo Sending backup file to Server2. Please wait...
@xcopy "@G:\Auto Backups\Backup %dtt%.bkf" "@\\Server2\Backup_Copy" /Y
@echo Finished.

Tuesday, 14 September 2004 11:18:09 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [17]  Windows Server

# Friday, 10 September 2004
How to turn off Windows auto-expand (and search) for compressed folders

I have a lot of .zip files floating around my computer and Windows XP/2003 includes them with regular folders when browsing in Explorer.  Also, when you search for files, Windows searches inside .zip files which can take a long time because they need to be uncompressed every time to be searched. 

I personally don't want this feature, and after a bit of looking around, i came across a simple solution.  Just unregister the component that does the searching within compressed folders.  Note: this doesn't stop you opening compressed folders, it just means they don't get included in the Windows Explorer tree-view, and they don't get included in searching with the Indexing Service.

Run the following command (Start > Run) or you can put it in the Run section of the Windows Registry in case Windows automatically adds back the zip dll.

regsvr32 /u C:\windows\system32\zipfldr.dll 

If you go need to put it back again, then run:

regsvr32 C:\windows\system32\zipfldr.dll 

Many thanks to 'SJB' for his/her post on http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1054284272


Friday, 10 September 2004 22:36:46 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]  Windows Server

# Saturday, 13 March 2004
404 woes in Windows Server

I've recently started running Windows Server 2003 on my .Net development machine, and so far I love it, hasn't crashed yet, not like win2k, but there was bound to be some config issues..

problem description:
but i ran into problems opening a web project in visual studio 2002, i'm running .Net Framework 1.0 and 1.1 together.  VS would say "404 Not Found" and the two locations need to map to the same folder blah blah blah.  I checked out http://localhost/myproj/myproj.csproj and it did indeed give a 404 error, even though the file was definitely there.

solution:
i trawled google for a while and found an article that describes a similar problem, due to unknown mime-types in IIS 6. it suggested adding in a new mime-type for whatever file type you were using. i checked my mime-types list and .csproj was there already, and .webinfo.  i don't know of other files used in loading a web project, but i added in a new mime-type for .* and put "application/octet-stream" in with it, and it works fine now.

if anyone knows why this is, or how else to work around, please enlighten me, but as long as the above works, that's enough for me ;-)


Saturday, 13 March 2004 12:40:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]  Windows Server