Sharepoint / MOSS / VPC Info

I need a place to keep track of all the good resources I’ve been finding on how to get a VirtualPC image running for SharePoint Developement. Here goes:

How to Build a SharePoint Development Machine:
Long list of steps and tools to getting a development SharePoint server up and running. This takes the approach that the develpoment tools should be kept local, and to use remote degugging:

How to create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image, the Whole 9 Yards:
20 steps detailing the entire process from start to finish:
How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: The Whole 9 Yards

Andrew Noon: SharePoint Web Parts:
Including remote debugging:

VB.NET Version of Custom Configuration Sections

Today at work I needed to add a custom configuration section to a 2.0 ASP.NET / VB.NET project.  After looking around, almost al the examples weren’t in VB.  The the best article I found was at (not surprisingly) 4Guys.  Anyway, the sample code was C#, so I had to convert it to VB.  Here it is for anyone who might want to D/L it.  Once you get used to it, the configSections stuff is pretty cool, although a little too much coding if you don’t really need it maybe.  Anyway, if you’ve been desperatley looking for a VB.NET example, here ya go:

Custom Configuration (VB Version)


Behringer B5 Disassembly

My Behringer B-5 microphone started making some weird thumping noises recently. After doing some cable swapping, and creative hookups between my preamp and a pair of headphones, I became 90% sure that it was the microphone making these weird noises. Also, the noises seem to be intermittent, so my guess is that maybe one of the capacitors inside the microphone is making the noise in the signal after it heats up? I don’t know, I’m not an electrical engineer. Also, after taking the microphone apart myself, I discovered that if you’re not an electrical engineer, there will be no reason for you to open this thing up. Anyway, if you’re reading this, you have an unhealthy desire to take your B5 apart for some reason, so let’s go…

First the tools that you WILL NOT need. I discovered this through my adventure:

  • Pipe Cutter
  • Dewalt cordless drill and bits
  • Bench Vice (to hold the microphone while you attempt to drill it)

The tools you will need:

  • Something to loosen the retainer clip (that’s what I call it). I’m sure there is an official tool that can into the little cutouts on the ring, but what I used was a pair of slip-joint pliers.

Your microphone should look like this ( if it does not, you do not have a Behringer B5, and these instructions will not be of much help to you. Also, the image of mine has a deep gouge on the XLR end. Yours will not have this because mine is actually in two pieces. The picture was taken after my first disassembly in which I cut off the end with a pipe cutter thinking that I needed to free up the screw at that end. It turns out that the screw that is under the decal near the XLR connector does not need to be removed. (I also attempted to drill out the screw in a fit of disassembly rage).

Take off the cardoid or omnidirectional capsule, whichever is on there, and you will be presented with something like the following: See the threads that are now exposed? At the tip of the threads (also visible in the picture) you can see two cutouts. This is where you should probably use a special tool to get into those cutouts, and be able to unthread this ring. The ring is actually what’s holding the contents of the microphone into the case.

Unscrew the ring: (I’m using my fingers in the picture, but in reality I had to loosen it with a pair of slip-joint pliers.) One thing to note, there are two holes in the top of the microphone that look like they’re custom made for being able to unscrew the tip. This is not what you’re looking to do, you want to actually unscrew the threads themselves.

The desired result is better explained by seeing all the pieces together in a picture (or two):

In this picture you can see the case, the ring, and the capsule in the top, and the guts of the microphone in the bottom of the picture. In order to remove the guts, you’ll have to push down on the attenuation selector switch to be able to get it past the cutout on the case. When you pull out the gut, it will come out on a sled. You want to pull it out straight, because there’s a key that the XLR connector preventing it from twisting. Both halves of the key are visible in these two shot

Now that you have the sled out, you can see the contents of the microphone. If, like me, you were hoping to see a wire that might be loose, and that you could fix, you will be sorely disappointed. But it’s still kinda neat. Feel free to check out all the pics over at the photo site: