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Windows Tips

Setting Up A New Machine



Development machine- Visual Studio

General options

  • SQL Server (Express) latest + SPs. In Management Studio, server node rightclick/ Properties/ Security/ SQL Server and Windows Authentication (i.e. mixed mode)
  • SSMS can be slow so uncheck IE Options/Advanced tab/Security-Check publisher's certificate revocation (or put this entry in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts:
  • For SSL:
  • Development machine- Node + Grunt

    Git and Proxies

    git.config for external (eg github) and internal. Set the proxy to empty.

    	proxy = http://proxy.corporate:80
    [http "https://internal-git"]
    	proxy =
    	sslVerify = false

    Show what's set: git config --get-urlmatch http https://internal-git

    Environmental variables always override the git.config. NB: https_proxy must have http url (not https).

    http_proxy=http://username:[email protected]:port
    https_proxy=http://username:[email protected]:port

    Home machine

    And see the Scott Hanselman tools list



    Unfortunately still around :(

    Assign a virtual drive letter to a folder

    Use DOS subst: subst x: c:\directory

    To persist it in w98, put it in autoexec.bat. Cannot be used for network drives (which you can map anyway).

    See also Visual Subst


    MS guide and see DropMyRights