Where is the MSDN File Transfer Manager installed?

02/25/2011 Update: On my Windows 7 x64 (SP1) machine, I found it located in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft File Transfer Manager\TransferMgr.exe

Of course, if you’re running 32-bit, then drop the ” (x86)”.


File Transfer Manager for MSDN can be found in the following location:

%SystemRoot%\Downloaded Program Files\TransferMgr.exe

See http://bit.ly/bMhDVj

Ping, Windows 7, and the Windows Firewall

If you cannot ping a Windows 7 box, don’t just disable the Windows Firewall.  See the following page describing how to enable the included ICMP Echo rule in the Windows Firewall:


Note that I shut down the Windows Firewall service (net stop mpssvc) and this did not “re-enable” ping.  I had to add the firewall rule.  There may be another solution, but this solved my problem.


Consolidating Multiple VMware VMDK Disk Files into One

If you have older VMware Workstation disk images (vmdk files) that are split into multiple parts, you can consolidate them into a single disk image from the command prompt:

vmware-vdiskmanager -r MyVirtualMachineDisk.vmdk -t 0 SingleDiskFile.vmdk

The “-t 0” means “single growable virtual disk”.  If you prefer to preallocate all the storage for the disk, use “-t 2” instead, which means “preallocated virtual disk.”  You can view more options by running the vmware-vdiskmanager command with no parameters.  It will show you what options are available.

I found this solution at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=740914.  However, don’t let the fact that it’s on an Ubuntu site fool you; it works just fine on Windows.

Enable SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to Overwrite Table Designs

By default, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) will not let you save changes to the designs of your tables.  When you attempt to do so, it wants you to drop and re-create the table.  You will typically see a dialog similar to the following:

Table Design Change Warning

However, SSMS will actually let you perform such a change without have to drop the table and re-create it.  To enable this feature, you need to select Tools / Options from the Menu.  Then, navigate to Designers / Table and Database Designers and uncheck the option to “Prevent saving changes that require table re-creation”.

Enable Table Design Changes

Now click the OK button and try saving your table design changes.  Voila!

I owe a big thanks to my friend Jack for teaching me this trick.  It has saved me a lot of grief!

VS2010 Automatically Includes Your Text Files as Resources

When you right-click on your WPF project in Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010) and select Add / New Item… / Text File, the “Build Action” on this file is automatically set to “Resource.”  So, when you ship your application, this text file will be embedded within it.  If this was simply meant to be a readme file for your own benefit, you may not want it embedded in your app.  In this case, click on the text file in Solution Explorer (or Solution Navigator), go to the Properties window, and change “Build Action” from “Resource” to “None.”

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