HTTPS fails on IIS7.5 after server restart

clive All, Microsoft, Tech Tip

If HTTPS fails to start correctly following a server restart, but HTTP does. Try looking at the binding on the website which https is attached to; the act of looking (and clicking ok) will be enough to get https running again temporarily. But if it fails again on reboot, look at the logs, and in particular for the code 0x8009030d in …

Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and Android Calendar Sync

clive All, Microsoft, Tech Tip

My, this is harder than it needs to be. If you are using Office365, and have an address like clive@rectanglered.onmicrosoft.com, one of the big attractions is getting access to Microsoft Exchange’s push based shared calendar system. If you naively try to share a calendar from Office365, you will merely get a readonly copy – no use to anyone. Office365 does …

Fast SQL Server Inserting Data from .NET

clive All, ASP.Net, Development, Microsoft, Rectangle Red, Tech Tip, Uncategorized, VB.Net

Today we needed to insert a large amount (250,000 rows) of automatically generated data into a SQL Server database. Generating the data was very fast, but inserting each line with a SQL Insert statement, painfully slow, even if logging is in Simple Mode in the SQL database. So… we investigated the SQLBulkCopy function in .NET, but this is usually used …

Software Development Job in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes

clive ASP.Net, Development, Jobs, Microsoft, Milton Keynes, Rectangle Red, Stony Stratford, Uncategorized

Rectangle Red are recruiting as of March 2014 – we are looking for another talented developer to join our growing team. Click here to see the main job specification and advert here and apply. If you’re a prospective job candidate, hello, and welcome! Please look at the main advert above for lots of details about skills we’re looking for, but …

Tech Tip: Setting up WCF Services in VB.Net

clive All, ASP.Net, Development, Microsoft, Tech Tip, VB.Net, WCF, Web

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s latest generation webservice publishing technology. It’s also really badly documented; I’ve yet to find an example which says exactly what you need to do to create a WCF enabled service; plenty of examples that tell most of the story, but always missing a vital part of the jigsaw. Here’s what you need to know (Visual Studio …