Quick hit – How MS builds the Visual Studio product line

Just ran across this, a blog post by Beth Massi of her Channel9 interview with the folks in the sausage factory.

Ever wonder how we build Visual Studio and the .NET Framework? I mean literally. You know, the build process that spits out a product at the other end?  Well I sure did and it’s not just hitting F5 people ;-).



Hyper-V keyboard shortcuts in the VM

Looked all over for this and finally found it on Ben’s “Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog.” Posting it here so I’ll be able to find it later. . .


These can be used from inside the Virtual Machine Connection window. . .

Standard: CTRL + ALT + DEL
Displays the Task Manager or Windows Security dialog box on Windows (or logs in).

Standard: ALT + TAB
Switches between programs from left to right.

Standard: ALT + SHIFT + TAB
Switches between programs from right to left.

Standard: ALT + ESC
Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.

Standard: CTRL + ESC
Displays the Windows Start menu.

Standard: N/A
Changes the Virtual Machine Connection window to / from full screen mode.

Standard: N/A
Releases mouse and keyboard focus from the Virtual Machine Connection window.

Some extra things to know about Virtual Machine Connection key combinations:

  • By default the standard Windows key combinations do not get sent to the virtual machine, unless you are in full screen mode.  You can change this so that they are always sent to the virtual machine (if the Virtual Machine Connection has focus) by going to the Hyper-V Manager and selecting Hyper-V Server Settings… and then Keyboard and selecting the Use on the virtual machine option.  I always enable this setting.
    • Note: CTRL + ALT + DEL will always go to the physical computer – so you need to use CTRL + ALT + END no matter what you select for a setting here.
  • You can change the release key combination (CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW) by going to the Hyper-V Manager and selecting Hyper-V Server Settings… and then Release Key and selecting one of the options from the drop down (I usually change my release key combination to be CTRL + ALT + SHIFT as I find it easier to type).
  • If you use the Virtual Machine Connection under an existing Remote Desktop Connection (not recommended – but I do it all the time) the Remote Desktop Connection will grab all of these key combinations before the Virtual Machine Connection gets to see them (even the release key combination).  To deal with this you will need to change the Hyper-V Server setting to allow Windows key combinations to go to the virtual machine, change the release key combination to something other than CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW, and use the toolbar button or Action menu of the Virtual Machine Connection to send CTRL + ALT + DEL to the virtual machine.

Thanks Ben!!!

Enabling wireless networking in Windows Server 2008 R2 release candidate

This week I upgraded my laptop to Windows Server 2008 R2 release candidate so I can take advantage of the wonders of Hyper-v. (Hyper-v is wicked fast.)

After installing Server 2008 R2 and the drivers, I could see my wireless adapter in the Network Connections window. But, for some reason my wireless adapter could not see my wireless network.

Tethered to my Ethernet cable, I hunted the internet for an answer. I found all sorts of info, but nothing that told he how to make it work. Then I ran across this blog posting at GeeksWithBlogs, and I hit myself in the head – Doh!

I simply needed to turn on the wireless LAN service feature, using Add Features in Server Manager. In Server Manager look for the Features Summary section. In that section, on the right side of the page there’s Add Features. That’s where the WLan magic happens.


Click on Add Feature, and the Add Features Wizard appears.

I took this screen shot after I’d already installed the Wireless LAN Service.

Check the box beside Wireless LAN Service then take the defaults after you click Next.

It was as simple as that. But, that worm hole isn’t intuitive. It would have taken me a long time of stumbling around before I would have noticed it…

Going fishing in the morning

It’s been way too long since Pam and I have done that.

Since I bought the Hobie I haven’t been out in the skiff at all. But tomorrow morning, lookout fish! here we come! (I think I’m gonna take the Hobie out on Sunday morning though. A double-fun weekend!)

We launch from Ft. DeSoto park, which is a bit of a hike from the house. But the boat ramps are fabulous, the place is beautiful, and it’s right at the mouth of Tampa Bay, just off the south tip of St. Pete. All the small, low islands definitely give the place a Keys vibe. And this time of year the Manatee and dolphins should be out and about.

The weather forecast looks awesome; the tides are going to be just right. I’ve checked and there’s plenty of Coppertone in the boat. I’ve pumped the trailer’s Buddy Bearings full of grease. Only one stop on the way there, at the gas station / bait shop for a few dozen live shrimp and maybe a couple of Subway sandwiches. And then we’ll be fishing.

Ahhh, Florida living at its finest.