Installing CruiseControl.NET on Windows Server 2008

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

We’ve been running CCNet on a very old workstation, and the build times were starting to get rather long. To fix this, we’ve had a new Windows Server 2008 virtual machine provisioned.

These are roughly the steps I followed to get things up and running:

  1. Enabled IIS 7, WPAS and SMTP
  2. Installed .NET 3.5 SP1
  3. Installed CruiseControl.NET 1.4
  4. Updated web.config to allow webdashboard to run in integrated mode by adding the following section:



    <add name\="\*.xml\_\*" path\="\*.xml" verb\="\*" type\="ThoughtWorks.CruiseControl.WebDashboard.MVC.ASPNET.HttpHandler,ThoughtWorks.CruiseControl.WebDashboard" preCondition\="integratedMode,runtimeVersionv2.0" />

    <add name\="\*.aspx\_\*" path\="\*.aspx" verb\="\*" type\="ThoughtWorks.CruiseControl.WebDashboard.MVC.ASPNET.HttpHandler,ThoughtWorks.CruiseControl.WebDashboard" preCondition\="integratedMode,runtimeVersionv2.0" />



<requestFiltering allowDoubleEscaping\="true" />



  1. Installed applications required for building and testing:
    • CollabNet SVN 1.5.1
    • TortoiseSVN 1.5.1
    • Gallio
    • FxCop 1.36
    • Sandcastle
    • Sandcastle Help File Builder
    • Windows SDK for Server 2008 (just dev tools)
    • Report Viewer 2008 SP1
    • SQL Server Express 2008
    • Change CCService to run as Automatic and as specific ‘build’ user.
    • Grant ‘Modify’ access to ‘build’ user to ‘C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files’.

One issue I did find right at the end – one of our tests was failing with this unusual error:

System.Windows.Markup.XamlParseException: ‘DockPanel’ object cannot be added to ‘Viewbox’. Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. Error at object ‘System.Windows.Controls.DockPanel’ in markup file ‘AbbGrain.Aom.Client;component/shell.xaml’. —> System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070018): The program issued a command but the command length is incorrect. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070018) at MS.Internal.HRESULT.Check(Int32 hr) at System.Windows.Media.MediaSystem.Startup(MediaContext mc) at System.Windows.Media.MediaContext..ctor(Dispatcher dispatcher) at System.Windows.Media.MediaContext.From(Dispatcher dispatcher) at System.Windows.Media.Visual.VerifyAPIReadWrite() at System.Windows.Media.Visual.VerifyAPIReadWrite(DependencyObject value) at System.Windows.Media.VisualCollection.VerifyAPIReadWrite(Visual other) at System.Windows.Media.VisualCollection.Add(Visual visual) at System.Windows.Controls.Viewbox.set_InternalChild(UIElement value) at System.Windows.Controls.Viewbox.set_Child(UIElement value)

All the more strange, as the test was passing on the old build server and also passed on all our workstations. Turns out it’s a bug in .NET 3.5 SP1.

There’s a comment at the bottom of the bug that changing the service to run in XP SP2 compatibility mode should work around the issue. This didn’t work for me initially, until I realised I needed to click on the ‘Show settings for all users’ and then set compatibility for all users. eg.

Compatibility for all users dialog

Restarting the service then saw the WPF test pass.

HasMany and null foreign key columns

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

I’ve been trying to figure out why our data layer wasn’t saving a new item that we’d added to a [HasMany] collection.

To figure out what was happening, I build a simple sample based on the examples from the Castle ActiveRecord documentation.


This generates a database schema like this:


Normally you’d make the foreign key column ‘blogid’ not null, but (as mentioned in this thread) for NHibernate, it does an INSERT then an UPDATE so the foreign key column does need to be nullable.

I can understand this might be the case if the Blog entity hadn’t been saved, but it is surprising that it doesn’t recognise that it could use a single INSERT statement if it does know the foreign key value.

NHibernate 2.0 GA

Monday, 25 August 2008

Fabio announced that version 2.0 of NHibernate is now released. This is great timing, as we’ve been using the release candidate for a few weeks now.

Download from SourceForge.

Unfortunately this release doesn’t include LINQ for NHibernate, but the word on the street is that is planned for 2.1. That will be a really useful addition. I’d much prefer to use LINQ to write queries and let the compiler check the syntax rather than have HQL strings that I only find out at runtime are incorrect.

UrlScan v3.0

Friday, 22 August 2008

Version 3.0 of this useful filter has been released. Just the thing to help keep the nasties out of your IIS server.

Nazim summarises the new features.

And the winner is…

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Last night the SA finals of Microsoft’s Demo competition were held. The state finalists were:

Andrew Coates hosted the show (well there were only the five of us there, so it was a small show) and also judged the presentations. At the conclusion, Andrew announced that Nigel was the winner!

After we posed for a photo in our very trendy bright orange T-shirts, Andrew then took us out to dinner along with Darren Neimke (who happened to be in the neighbourhood).

It was a great night, and all the best for Nigel in the national finals to be held at TechEd 2008 in Sydney in a couple of weeks.