MVP Award Kit 2011 Unboxing

Finally I received my MVP Award Kit and felt really happy while unboxing the same. Following are some snaps of the award and certificate. mvp award unboxing   mvp award image   mvp award images new The kit contains: Glass-made award
Certificate
Plastic card w/ MVP ID
MVP Pin
NDA agreement I’m very excited and honoured by having this reward as it shows recognition from Microsoft towards my continuous contribution to the community. Again, thanks to all of my readers, followers and supporters. And Microsoft as well!!!

Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles

I am excited to share the release of the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles. This accelerator makes it quick and easy for you to deploy one or more websites across multiple Web Role instances using Web Deploy. While the Windows Azure Tools & SDK provide support for Web Deploy it is limited to a single instance, does not preserve state on role lifecycle events, and can only be used for development and testing purposes. This accelerator expands on the capabilities of the Windows Azure Tools & SDK to enable Web Deploy in production scenarios. The Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles contains the following features: · Deploy sites to Windows Azure in less than 30 seconds · Enables deployments to multiple Web Role instances using Web Deploy · Saves Web Deploy packages & IIS configuration in Windows Azure storage to provide durability · A web administrator portal for managing web sites deployed to the role · The ability to upload and manage SSL certificates · Simple logging and diagnostics tools  

Call To Action

· Try the Accelerator. It is easy to download, install, and deploy. You can download the bits here: http://waawebroles.codeplex.com/releases/ · Watch the Screen cast. The screen cast explains exactly how to use the accelerator in under 6 minutes. Watch it here: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Getting-Started-with-the-Windows-Azure-Accelerator-for-Web-Roles  

Resources

Channel 9 Video: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles

Intro Blog Post: Introducing the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles Full details, instructions, and documentation are available on CodePlex

Clean Project – Cleans Visual Studio Solutions For Uploading or Email

How many times have you wanted to send a project to a friend or upload it to a web site like MSDN Code Gallery only to find that your zip file has lots of stuff that you don’t need to send in it making the file larger than it needs to be.

  • bin folder
  • obj folder
  • TestResults folder
  • Resharper folders

And then if you forget about removing Source Control bindings whoever gets your project will be prompted about that.  As someone who does this process a great deal I decided to share with you my code for cleaning a project. Learn More: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Clean-Cleans-Visual-Studio-a05bca4f     

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Change workflow start settings of VS 2010 sequential workflow

While trying to develop a VS 2010 sequential workflow at the start you get a nice wizard which allows you to provide all the necessary details like association information, initiation information etc…

But, once you are done with the wizard and felt the need to change some setting afterwards?? I can see that curiosity..

For Example: While using the wizard you specified the workflow to start manually as well as on item created as below

workflow

But, afterwards you feel the need to start the workflow on item changed as well, then how do you do that

workflows

If you want to modify the settings provided by the Visual Studio 2010 wizard, you can select the workflow Sharepoint project item in the VS 2010 project/solution, this will display its property page and then you can change the settings and set the following to “True” from “False”

Start at Item Change – “True”


Following are the other start settings also available which you can set as per your requirement.

  1. Allow Manual Start
  2. Start at Item Change
  3. Start at Item Creation
Hope this help someone save some time.

Set a Default View for a document library using Powershell

I have tried to elude myself from Powershell till now (really not sure why). However, finally the trend broke few days back when someone needed my help to do the following and I had o dive in

$site= New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite ("http://siteUrl")
$web=$site.OpenWeb()
$list=$web.Lists["MyList"]
$view=$list.Views["MyView"]
$view.DefaultView = $true
$view.Update()
$list.Update()