Thursday, January 24, 2008

Performance issues with Virtual PC on laptops

If your Virtual PC runs in slowmotion try the following:

a. Stop running Virtual PC
b. Open notepad
c. Open %appdata%\Microsoft\Virtual PC\options.xml (appdata is a hidden directory)
d. Add or edit <.virtual_machines.> section of the file and add this key:
<.enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true

eg. It should be on the same level as the node
(just put it after the last <./virtual_network.> node)

<.enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true<./enable_idle_thread>

f. Save the file and exit notepad
g. Start Virtual PC
h. Don't forget to remove the dots in the XML above

Source: Virtual PC Guy's WebLog

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MCTS 70-536 Practice Test humor

Just look at the picture and you will know what I mean. PS. The yellow boxes are the "correct" ones...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Timer Job Schedule Classes

It was hard to find a list of all the schedule classes and examples of how to use them. I found it on a French site. You can always use Babelfish to translate the page;)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Business Data Catalog Links

~Best wishes for the new year~

For those who are new to the BDC check out the channel 9 introduction video.

The BDC is all about the application definition file (XML File) that describe the metadata model for the backend system that you are connecting to. You can either create it manually or semi-automatically with tools.

I recommend to start learning the basic elements of an application definition before using tools. The reason for that is that you sometimes need to modify a definition after you have generated one. Especially the free MS BDC Tool (available in the MOSS 2007 SDK) has his shortcomings... but its a great tool to support your application definition development.

One of the best resources about the BDC on the net to create definition files manually: Blah!Blah!Blog!!

And some recent posts about the Business Data Catalog Editor:
-Using business data catalog Editor
-Working with business data column