Monthly Archives: May 2013

Enable mapped drive browsing for Visual Studio

To enable mapped drive browsing for Visual Studio add a new key of type DWORD named EnableLinkedConnections with a value of 1 to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System key.

Securely Share a Drive on Your Hyper-V Guest Machine

Start your Remote Desktop Connection, go to the Local Resources tab and click the More button.

Local Resources tab

Local Resources tab

Expand the Drives branch and select any local or networked drives you want to use.

Local Devices and Resources

Local Devices and Resources

Connect and open My Computer/File Explorer and you will find the shared drives.

Shared Drives

Shared Drives

All done and much simpler and much more secure than sharing a folder on your PC with ‘Everyone’ and then connecting it as a mapped drive on the virtual box.

Test a database connection

  1. Create a file called [SOMETHING].udl
  2. Double click to run it
  3. Enter connection details in the dialog
  4. Click ‘Test Connection’

The go here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328306