Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Setup Web Deploy for Windows Server

To simplify the deployment of web apps / web services on a load balanced system, you want to use a central point for deployment (I am in an environment currently where the development happens completely outside the customer network, so there is no Build Server etc. available, we scripted the deployment).

1.) Enable the IIS features you need and dont forget "Web Server (IIS) --> Management Tools --> Management Service
2.) Install Microsoft Web Deployment Tool (https://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/web-deploy)

3.) Make sure the "IIS Deployment Handler" node is enabled (by default this is not checked)

4.) Open link "https://:8172/msdeploy.axd"

Note: You need to apply those changes on all web servers.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Powerpoint Statusslides Hell (Traffic Lights) - Solved

The last years I was looking more or less every week on status slides or I had to create them. Whereever possible, I try to use direct exports from tools like TFS and just copy the table to the deck.

Sometimes a specific format for the famous traffic lights status column is required. So most people (including me until today) were just adding a circle shape and putting it into the Status-Column.

The week after, you need to add new items to the table and your format gets broken because the circles are just not moving.
To get rid of this issue, you can easily use Symbols in Outlook.

Insert --> Symbol --> Symbol --> Select the one you need --> just change Font-Size and Color

The symbol will now be handled like every other regular text.
Alternatively you can just copy and past the black dot from below.

Black Large Circle