Windows Azure SDK: connecting to non SQLExpress Instance

When you want to build an Azure application, but you don’t have SQL Express installed the build action in Visual Studio will fail. You will receive the following message in your output window: Windows Azure Tools: Failed to initialize the Development Storage service. Unable to start Development Storage. Failed to start Development Storage: the SQL […]

Debugging applications in virtual machines with VMware Workstation 7 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Can be a hassle, that’s why I’m writing this post for you: First of all some prerequisites: VMware Workstation 7 (6.5 probably will be the same) A VM, XP / Vista / 7, whatever you want Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Second of all: VMware can be a little cryptic with it’s error messages so stay […]

Getting the DNS servers with .NET without WMI

Someone pointed me at System.Net.NetworkInformation, which has a lot of interesting objects. You don’t have to use strings and query the WMI at runtime, which means you get compile time checking! using System; using System.Net; using System.Net.NetworkInformation; namespace WMITest { internal class Program { public static int Main(string[] args) { NetworkInterface[] adapters = NetworkInterface.GetAllNetworkInterfaces(); foreach […]