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Azure Web deployment task failed. Make sure that the process (“Web Management Service”) is started on the remote computer.

August 29th, 2014 No comments


Recently I was playing around using Azure and Visual Studio 2013.

I was attempting to deploy my website to azure using the Publish wizard. It had been working but them I started getting this error

Web deployment task failed. (Could not connect to the remote computer ("") 
using the specified process ("Web Management Service") because the server did not respond. 
Make sure that the process ("Web Management Service") is started on the remote computer.  
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In my case I had been playing around in the Azure management console and I had changed the “MANAGED PIPELINE MODE” to classic.

Setting it back to Integrated allowed the deployment to succeed.

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Citrix has stopped responding Windows 8.1, wfcrun32.exe

November 15th, 2013 No comments

The problem

Upgrade your computer to windows 8.1 and upon logging in you get an application crash from Citrix, wcfrun32.exe.

The solution

You need to upgrade to the XenDesktop 7.1, Windows Receiver 4.1.

This can be downloaded from here:

Download, install and the application will stop crashing

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Chrome Google Search App Install after you have removed it!

November 30th, 2012 2 comments

The Scenario
When recently playing with the apps on my Chrome start page, I managed to delete the default “Google Search” App.

You know the one

Google Search App Tile

The Problem
In the worlds largest case of irony if you go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Google Search” you cannot find the app.

I searched for apps, google search, search etc etc, and for the life of me I could not find the App in the Chrome web store.

Google must assume that because every copy of Chrome has this app by default, why would you need to search for it?


The Solution
I found a copy of chrome on my work PC that had the Google Search App and did the following:

  1. Right-Click on the Google Search App
  2. Choose Visit Site
    Google Search App Right Click Menu

  3. Bookmark it and/or email the link, so you can apply it to your other computer.

      In case you were wondering the link is:

      Hope this helps someone out.

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File variable naming standard

September 13th, 2012 No comments

I am often working with files and I always get myself in a bit of a knot around what to name my varialbes when I am working with directories and files.
This is the standard that I use:

  1. filePath – This is the variable that gives you the directory path to a file e.g. c:\temp
  2. fileName – This is the name of a file, just the filename with no folder path. e.g. test.log
  3. file – This is the full filepath and file name for the file, e.g. c:\temp\test.log

Using this standard leads to some consistency when trying to read my code.

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Nov CTP – Uninstall issues

May 5th, 2010 7 comments

I was attempting to uninstall the SQL Server 2008 R2 Nov CTP and I found the SQL server 2008 R2 (x64 in my case) uninstaller and everything appeared to go to plan, but….

When it had finished uninstalling the Icon still appeared in my list of things to uninstall. So I attempted to uninstall again and chose everything that was there and uninstalled that. Again it told me success but the icon remained.

So next I thought I will just uninstall all the other 2008 R2 items in the list, starting with something like native client, and it told me:

Warning 26002: The following products on SQL Server 2008 Native Client
– SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Engine Shared
– SQL Server 2008 R2 Common Files

I understand dependencies, so I thought fine, I will just uninstall in reverse order of precedence until I could succesfully uninstall everything. The stupid thing was I could not find these items in the list of software installed on my computer.

Firstly note the name, is not Microsoft SQL Server … so check down your list of items to see if it is not just listed at the bottom of the page in the “S” section not in “M” where all the other Microsoft SQL Server entries are.. (grrrr <– angry @ microsoft sound).

So if you still cant find it do this, go to this registry key

Assume I was looking to unintall the "SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Engine Shared",

  • Search for SQL Server 2008 keys in the uninstall registry.
  • Keep searching until you find the Database engine shared install location
  • Note the “Install source”, copy the path and access that path via Start :: Run
  • Luckily I still had the install media on my machine, (it was in my downloads directory), and opening the path showed a directory with the .msi file. If you are not as lucky as me you will need to find the installation media and go to this relative path location
  • Right click on the msi and choose uninstall
  • This threw a little error,which I ignored and it then proceeded to successfully uninstall the item

    Repeat this process until you have successfully uninstalled all the items, that it is complaining about and then go back and start uninstalling from the uninstall UI those other SQL Server 2008 R2 files.


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SQL Server 2008 Uninstall – Restart Computer Failure

May 5th, 2010 20 comments

Sometimes when attempting to uninstall SQL Server, “Setup Support Rules” performs a check and fails on “Restart Computer” with the following error;

“A computer restart is required. You must restart this computer before installing SQL Server”

So you restart your computer and try again, same error… Doh!

So now it turns out there is a bad registry entry, so if you have restarted your computer and there are actually no pending restart operations that you are aware of the do the following

  1. Leave the Setup Support Rules UI open if you are already in there
  2. Open Regedit
  3. Go to the following registry key”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager”
  4. Delete the “PendingFileRenameOperations”
  5. Click “Re-Run” in Setup Support Rules launch the uninstall again

So now you will have passed the restart computer check and you can continue and get rid of that pesky old version of SQL Server.

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Canon CameraWindow and Windows 7

April 9th, 2010 9 comments

After upgrading to windows 7 my camera software refused to work. I did a lot of searching and even emailed Canon and got a really poor response that they knew about it but didn’t know when it would be fixed.

I was about to write a post to describe the work around, but found there was a new version of the software CameraWindow DC.

I have downloaded the installer for ZoomBrowser 6.5.1 for windows7/vista, I got mine here:

Note: This is a link for a Canon Ixus 65 but the software should be the same for various IXUS versions. You must install the 6.5.1 update, you can later patch with other versions of the Zoom Browser update like 6.7.2, but these later updates will not include the fix for Camera Window DC.

When it installs it is version of CameraWindow DC.

And guess what… it works! Yeah, but read the following points…

1. After install you will have lost any configuration about where to download your photos. This can be reconfigured. At first I couldn’t work out how and then I noticed the nice little graphics in the top right hand corner. Mouse over them and the little gear icon is the preferences which allows you to configure the download location and options for file re-naming.

2. The blue button on the camera no longer works. You have to use your mouse and choose “Import Untransferred Images”, (or the action you want to do).

I have my software configured as follows which as closely mimics the previous software..

On preferences go to the Import tab and configure as follows:

When your camera is connected this will automatically launch the software, download your photos and then when you close the Camera Window DC software it will launch Zoom Browser to show you the results of you import.


Edit: April 2012

I seem to be getting quite a few hits on this page and I suspect the people coming here are looking to download a copy of Canon CameraWindow. The software is supplied free with your canon Ixus camera. I have this software but to redistribute it would be illegal.

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Deploy reporting services web parts (RSWebParts) to SharePoint 2010

February 9th, 2010 No comments

I had to do this the other day and here are the short and curlies of doing it.

If you have SQL 2008 installed the file can be found @
C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server100ToolsReporting ServicesSharePoint

The stsadm.exe can be found here on a 2010 SharePoint install
C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14BIN

Cd to this directory and run this command

STSADM.EXE -o addwppack -filename “C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server100ToolsReporting” -globalinstall

The webparts are now available in SharePoint.
They show up under miscellaneous, when you try to add a web part

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