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Archive for July, 2015

As of Visual Studio 2012, the option “Find Shelveset” is hard to find – via: Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/28

Shelving work into a shelveset is easy in Visual Studio. Until Visual Studio 2010 it was easy to find the shelveset.

As of Visual Studio 2012 this is much more difficult. To get the shelveset back in Visual Studio 2012 and up:

  1. Go to the “Team Explorer” pane
  2. Click the “Home” icon
  3. Choose “Pending Changes”
  4. Click the topmost “Actions” item
  5. In the pop-up menu, click “Find Shelvesets”
  6. Type a search phrase


via: Can anybody find the TFS “Unshelve” option in Visual Studio 2012? – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2014, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

security – How do I view the contents of a PFX file on Windows? – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/27

Dumping any kind of certificate file gives you access to more details than the Windows UI usually shows you.

This is especially handy when checking out errors or issues (which can be very difficult to track down).

For binary PFX files, the certutil and openssl commands come in very handy:

Some options to view PFX file details:Open a command prompt and type: certutil -dump Install OpenSSL and use the commands to view the details, such as: openssl pkcs12 -info -in unverified.

OpenSSL is a separate download (from my OpenSSL category of articles, see Some command-line tips for OpenSSL and file format pfx, p12, cer, crt, key, etc. conversion of certificates, keys) to get it.

CertUtil now ships with Windows by default (it wasn’t in the Windows XP era, I’m not sure about Windows Server 2003).

Here is the CertUtil help for dumping certificate information;

Dump certificate file information CertUtil [Options] [-dump] [File] Options: [-f] [-silent] [-split] [-p Password] [-t Timeout]


  • the [-v] option is not listed, but does work; it will give a more verbose dump.
  • [-dump] also works other certificate file extensions like .p7b files.

Here is the OpenSSL help for dumping pkcs12 information:

openssl pkcs12 [-export] [-chain] [-inkey filename] [-certfile filename] [-name name] [-caname name] [-in filename] [-out filename] [-noout] [-nomacver] [-nocerts] [-clcerts] [-cacerts] [-nokeys] [-info] [-des | -des3 | -idea | -aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -camellia128 | -camellia192 | -camellia256 | -nodes] [-noiter] [-maciter | -nomaciter | -nomac] [-twopass] [-descert] [-certpbe cipher] [-keypbe cipher] [-macalg digest] [-keyex] [-keysig] [-password arg] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-rand files] [-CAfile file] [-CApath dir] [-CSP name]


The pkcs12 command allows PKCS#12 files sometimes referred to as PFX files to be created and parsed. PKCS#12 files are used by several programs including Netscape, MSIE and MS Outlook.


There are a lot of options the meaning of some depends of whether a PKCS#12 file is being created or parsed. By default a PKCS#12 file is parsed. A PKCS#12 file can be created by using the -export option see below.


-in filenameThis specifies filename of the PKCS#12 file to be parsed. Standard input is used by default.

-infooutput additional information about the PKCS#12 file structure, algorithms used and iteration counts.

and the OpenSSL help for dumping pkcs7 information:

openssl pkcs7 [-inform PEM|DER] [-outform PEM|DER] [-in filename] [-out filename] [-print_certs] [-text] [-noout] [-engine id]


The pkcs7 command processes PKCS#7 files in DER or PEM format.


-inform DER|PEM; This specifies the input format. DER format is DER encoded PKCS#7 v1.5 structure.PEM the default is a base64 encoded version of the DER form with header and footer lines.

-print_certs; prints out any certificates or CRLs contained in the file. They are preceded by their subject and issuer names in one line format.

-text; prints out certificates details in full rather than just subject and issuer names.


  • do not forget the -inform DER option to specify a binary .p7b file.
  • the -text option gives you more verbose information

via OpenSSL: Documents, pkcs71.



Posted in OpenSSL, PKI, Power User, Security | Leave a Comment »

How men and women see…

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/25

DX posted the “how women see fasteners” variation on “how men see colours“:

How women see fasteners

How women see fasteners

via DX Photos from posts.

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Saving MMC files as MSC and prevent the “save console settings” dialog.

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/24

Two tricks when creating MSC files that contain the snap-in configuration of the MMC (Management Console).

Normally you do this once:

  1. Start MMC
  2. Add some snap-ins
  3. Save your configuration as an MSC file

And then when you need that particular configuration, each time:

  1. Open the MSC file
  2. Perform some actions
  3. Close the MMC
  4. Answer No to this question:

Microsoft Management Console
Save console settings to [filename].msc?
Yes No Cancel

The trick around this last question is:

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Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Example of xsd2code only handling xsd annotations for attributes, not for elements, types and other places where they can be used in an XSD.

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/22

See the gist below:

Example of xsd2code only handling xsd annotations for attributes, not for elements, types and other places where they can be used in an XSD.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Install xsd2code and Visual Studio.
  2. Put all these files in one directory.
  3. Run `generate-C#-from-XSD-annotations.bat`.
  4. Diff `annotations.xsd.exe.cs` and `annotations.xsd2code.exe.cs`.
  5. Observe only 1 spot in `annotations.xsd2code.exe.cs` has the annotations converted to C# comments.

Gist: Example of xsd2code only handling xsd annotations for attributes, not for elements, types and other places where they can be used in an XSD. Steps to reproduce.

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Posted in .NET, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, C# 6 (Roslyn), Development, Software Development, XML, XML/XSD, XSD | Leave a Comment »

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