"Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” ― Paulo Coelho

Be cautious with IIS Lockdown tool

hi all,
  Few days back when I was checking IIS lockdown tool, mistakenly I installed it but no way to get out it. As a result week later when i compiled my ASP.NET web page, it thrown error message saying debug Verb missing. After googlin in net I come to know this is because of that tool. So there is no control Z here if you installed mistakenly. Here is the workaround to get out of this.
Err in VS.NET when i attempt for run: The Web Server Has Been Locked Down and Is Blocking the DEBUG Verb
IIS lockdown tool has the ability to turn off unnecessary features and restrict the type of HTTP requests that the server will process.
To enable debugging on a Web server with URLScan installed
   1. Search for Urlscan.ini file else you will find it here at C:\WINNT\System32\Inetsrv\urlscan
   2. Open the Urlscan.ini file in Notepad.
   3. In Urlscan.ini, look for AllowVerbs section  then add DEBUG in that section.
   4. And also remove it from DenyVerbs section.
   5. Save the file.
   6. Restart the server or restart IIS.
Hope this would be interesting if you were trapped..

December 30, 2006 Posted by | .NET General | Leave a comment

Request for 2007 Office System Eval CD

December 30, 2006 Posted by | Power Toys - Personal | Leave a comment

Dr.Dobbs Journal-Software Development Conference Series in India

In January, 2007, Dr. Dobb’s will debut Software Development Best Practices India, the Indian version of its highly-acclaimed US-based software development conference.

Software Development-Best Practices India 2007

  • Jan 16,2007, Taj Krishna, Hyderabad
  • Jan 17,2007, Le Royal Meridian, Chennai
  • Jan 19,2007, Le meridian, Bangalore

get register @ , but this is not free

(via) Ms Newsletter

December 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Do you know the specialty of this NEW YEAR 2007 ?

  1. It starts with MONDAY and ends also on MONDAY.
  3. This year has got highest number of SUNDAYS and SATURDAYS
  4. 104- (Saturdays and Sundays) + 11 (festivals which are not on Saturdays and Sundays)=115
  5. And other leaves minimum 15 days so totally 130 non working days out of 365 days. Only 235 working days
  6. So enjoy the least working year in your life!! 2007 – A YEAR WITH A DIFFERENCE


Wishing you all very Happy New Year 2007

Mahes~ (via) Email

December 29, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ISV Community Days, Bangalore 15-06 – Review

As usual starts with keynote speaking by Deepak Gulati ( eminent speaker among audience. This time I got lot of time to chat with him personally and officially also. He is also getting married coming month end it seems. Congrats DEEPAK for getting married !! I love his patience and way of taking the audience question. He is such a humble person allows others to complete their talk. I really liked it. Infact I need to follow this 😉

During keynote itself he shared the much expected and recent release of Expression Studio. Its basically consists of 4 tools, making the full set of Expression studio. Yes, It has following tools as a part of it. Refer my previous post on this,

1.Blend (Interactive Designer) – Import the designs from Design and add animation kind of effects here. (like flash but not Flash )

2.Design (Graphic Designer) – It’s a Vector graphics tool but not replacement for Photoshop

3.Web (Web Desginer) – starts from importing to designing cool web pages happens here.

4.Media – its kind of video editor , let say you can apply effects to your video kind of stuff. I think its like A. Premier but not complete replacement for A. Premier

Finally he talked about WPF/E – Subset of windows presentation, its nothing but animation kind of file (XAML) we can run it in our explorer like flash without writing much of code or design. But badly needs runtime file for running in IE also. It widely supports all browser it seems. IE, Safari, Firefox etc.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Windows Vista: Opportunities and Roadmap

Session starts with User experience and features in windows vista, and also shared side by side tips also. Here are the random scribbling from my scribbling pad during the session.

  1. Win key + Tab – for flip 3’rd in Windows Vista ,
  2. DWMAPI.dll – mix of GDI –
  3. Search in windows vista is refined a lot with Index search, yes you can search with metadata of that file to get the exact matches .

4) UAC – ( Control + shift + enter ) to run as admin, let say if you want to elevate your privileges in cmd prompt etc.

5) run > bcdedit – boot config editor in vista, no more win.ini file in Vista onwards.

6) Guided Help , Windows Sidebar, WMI query about anything related to System

WMI codecreator – free tool –

Virtual store – C:\dir%localappdata%\virtualstore\windows all the unprotected files are created.

How to embed a manifest in an assembly: let me count the ways… , boot.ini – replaced with bcedit in vista , werconn – error log in vista , superfetch

readyboost – USB pagefile.sys to second drive , gadget – sidebar

Installing gadget – localappdata > windows>windowssidebar>gadgets ( copy your .gadget file)

another way of installing…rename to zip > hello.gadget and click.

RSS, IE 7 – speech synthesiser, ssml, acwstudio2.exe

12:00 PM – 1:35 PM     WPF

Databinding. , Interop with your existing WinForms code.,binding..CLR object, WPF,, XML ,1 way, 2 way, sameway,,Element host — windowsformhost etc

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM     WCF

SOA model of WCF simplifies development of connected systems.

WSE – Security, Transactional, WS policy, WS negx exchange, WS trust, Identity mgmt

There is no place like

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM    WWF

incorporating workflows into your applications.

I simply skipped this session, since its already covered in pastevents.


You can download the presentations and code samples from: or alternatively from his personal space:– Thanks deepak for sharing this link by mail.

Hope this would be useful grab it and also ’m going on vacation for holidays.

See you all later,


Happy holidays,


December 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IASA India Launch – Sponsored by Microsoft

Are you an Architect or Interested in Architect..??

*Register Here
Event agenda
09:00 – 09:30 AM – Event Registration
09:30 – 09:45 AM – Chapter Inauguration – Lighting the Lamp
09:45 – 11:00 AM – Paul Preiss on ‘The Profession of Architecture’
11:00 – 11:15 AM – Tea
11:15 – 12:15 PM – Vivek Bhatnagar on ‘Software as Services (SaaS) – Architectural Guidance & Issues’
12:15 – 01:15 PM – Aaron Tan Dani on ‘Strategic Enterprise Architecture’
01:15 – 02:15 PM – Networking Lunch
02:15 – 03:15 PM – Chapter Leader Keynote
03:15 – 03:30 PM – Tea
03:30 – 04:00 PM – Shankar Kambhampatty on ‘Opportunities for Architects in India’
04:00 – 05:00 PM – Panel discussion on ‘Opportunities for Architects in India’ with industry experts
05:00 – 05:30 PM – Closing Keynote
Paul Preiss on ‘The Profession of Architecture’

Src : 

December 20, 2006 Posted by | MS Events in India (Bangalore) | Leave a comment

No IIS Installed by Default in Win 2003 Server.

Yes this might be an old news but one more interesting thing is it will be in Lockdown Mode by default :(. Today when we were trying to run a web service( to load our winform combo’s) for one of our project, we end up with 404 error (file not found)., and we were scratching like anything to fix it….and also one more clue is when we webservice file in VS editor installed in server got an error saying run a security wizard to unlock it….after googling for 30 minutes, we come to know this lockdown also by default. Hope this link would be interesting for someone who ever hosting webservice kind of stuff in Win2003 server.


December 20, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Released

This is Game developers and Programmers looking something from Microsoft. Yes, MS released(XNA team) just released 1.0 release of XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework. It enable students and hobbyists to build games for Windows and the Xbox 360. This release supports both Windows game development and Xbox 360 development. Src :

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where is that one Rupee???

Three friends went to a hotel. The bill was Rs 75/- Each one contributed Rs.25/-. The waiter took the bill to the Cashier. The cashier was happy & decided to give them a discount of Rs.5/- & asked the waiter to returnthem Rs.5/-. Now the waiter was confused. How to distribute Rs 5 among 3 persons?He kept Rs 2 in his pocket & Gave one rupee to each one of the 3 persons.So initially each one had contributed Rs.25. Now as they are given 1 rupee back, their contributionreduces to Rs 24. They all contributed Rs 24 –That is 24×3=72 & 2 rupees are in the waiters pocket. The total becomes 74. But they Had paid Rs 75. Where is the remaining 1 rupee ?Let me know if someone able to crack this puzzle 🙂Mahes~(via) Email,thanks jagadees,hexaware)

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where we are now..? .NET Version

Here is the list of various versions of .NET Framework version released so for from MS.

Version Name 

Version Number 

Release Date 

1.0 Beta 1 


Nov 2000 

1.0 Beta 2 



1.0 RTM 



1.0 SP1 



1.0 SP2 



1.0 SP3 



1.1 RTM 



1.1 SP1 



1.1 SP1 (Windows Server 2003 Version) 



2.0 RTM 



3.0 RTM 



(via) Wikipedia

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

new website goes live today

The new website goes live today, along with beautiful AJAX menus and live previews of sub-sites. Check it out!


December 16, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Take it as an opportunity to learn, Dont give up

Asusual in middle of busy weekend, when i was checking the RSS reader updated  blogs….I struck across Ali’s recent post on  "Determination, Drive, and Passion" – Yes, It gave me lot of mental boosting and importance of carrying our goal always…bet you, even you’ll find this as a usefull one. Check out here –
Worth reading last para, once more.
"My point is, when you want to do something, don’t do it in half-measures. Give it your all. Do your best and remember our ultimate goal. Do anything it takes to achieve it. And if you encounter a setback, don’t let it depress you and put you down. Take it as an opportunity to learn and a challenge for you to succeed next time." – Via ali’s blog. Thanks Ali~

December 9, 2006 Posted by | Power Toys - Personal | Leave a comment

Hidden Windows XP Sound Track

Windows XP has a hidden sound track which plays as background music during Windows XP installation process, but most people can’t hear this music because they have a soundcard that won’t have drivers preinstalled on XP. Here’s a way to uncover it:

Navigate to C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images,

Then go to Tools > Folder Options > View, check Show Hidden Files and Folders options and then uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files. You will now notice a file called title.wma, that’s the hidden sound track!

(Published via Office 2007 )

December 6, 2006 Posted by | XP_cool Tips | Leave a comment

MS Expression Blend, Studio, Design, Web and WPF/E are out!

WPF/E” is the Microsoft solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML-based Windows Presentation Foundation technology,
“WPF/E” will enable the creation of content and applications that run within multiple browsers and operating systems (Windows and Macintosh) using Web standards for programmability. Consistent with Web architecture, the XAML markup is programmable using JavaScript and works well with ASP.NET AJAX. Broadly available for customers in the first half of 2007, “WPF/E” experiences will require a lightweight browser plug-in made freely available by Microsoft.
Microsoft has released the new CTPs of Expression Blend (formerly Interactive Designer), and Expression Design (formerly Graphic Designer).
Few samples, but need to install runtime 😉 yes, for web application you need to runtime ;(

December 6, 2006 Posted by | WinFX | Leave a comment

Enough is NOT enough !!

Dear readers,
     Finally I decided to break my silence..yes its almost 25 days over after this great event, but I still feel those moments and enjoying that opportunity I got from Microsoft. I thank you all..readers, judges, MS People, googlers whoever visited my blog. And also a big Thanks to MICROSOFT for encouraging community to go brave and do lot many thing in the coming year.  Few of my friends were asking to blog about my Mumbai trip & Steve’s meet, but again it will be a big I’m stopping here itself saying “ It was such a wonderful trip, well organized, respected, planned and executed very well”. It gave me lot of confident in independent Air traveling as well as in crowded Mumbai train.
I’m just gearing up for the things to do in the coming year 2007…and also looking for Webrockstar(  and  Secure war – if any of you guys appearing in Webrockstars let me drop a line regarding your preparation.

December 6, 2006 Posted by | Power Toys - Personal | Leave a comment


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