Change the PrtSc key on your new Thinkpad Keyboard …

If you  were used to the old Thinkpad keyboards and got one of the new Chiclet style ones, you might miss the old “Context Menu” button that used to be down there next to the Win and the AltGr button.  I did. To fix it, download SharpKeys- a freeware application that will allow you to remap keys on your keyboard. It produces registry entries for you, instead of hacking them together yourselves and understanding scanmap codes, and when you are satisfied, it will write them into the registry for you. Next time you start it up, it will show you what you mapped, and let you change it. So you don’t have to have it running all the time. To change the PrtSc to the Contect Menu, map the “Special: PrtSc” to the “Special: Application” button, and you are good to go!

Quick fix for looking into a copy of the Tracking Database

When I do consulting at clients that use the tracking database it can be a problem scheduling time with an operations person with access to querying the tracking database. While it is easy to get a copy of it, and there are lots of good queries floating around on the internet, it is easier for a quick problem-solving session to look into the restored production copy through the BizTalk Admin Console.  The queries aimed at stuff that is stuck in the messagebox, like Suspended Service instances and In-progress stuff will not show you production data, but if you just need to slice through tracking data, this will hook you up. You can do this quite easily on your dev box, by updating the name of the tracking database like this: !!!!NOTE!!!!   Do only play with this setting on your dev box, or a client dev/test server …. If you have a BizTalk development server setup already, restore the database onto your SQL server. Name it something like ‘ProdTracking&rsqu... [More]