Bug: Source not found, but some or all event logs could not be searched.


The source was not found, but some or all event logs could not be searched. To create the source, you need permission to read all event logs to make sure that the new source name is unique. In accessible logs:Security

This can occur if a .Net application attempts to create the source at runtime, but not as an administrator. It is better to perhaps create the source ahead of time as an administrator in regedit, then just use the source in the application.

Private _eventLog As New EventLog(“Application”)
‘EventLog.CreateEventSource(SourceName, LogName, MachineName)

In registry at:
Add permission to Authenticated Users = Full Control

Or add to the specific key.

With thanks to:




Calling a WCF service using SOAP in unit test or with VB Script on a classic ASP page

I created a WCF service in .Net and this was fine for .Net customers who use the Add Service Reference wizard easily enough.
However one customer was on classic ASP and he found it difficult to connect. So when we had succeeded together it was worth writing down. This is the result.
Please ignore the property naming. I don’t use strPropertyName. This isn’t working code, just an idea of what is required.



  • Inspect the .wsdl file
  • Note the soapAction setting
  • Note the namespace. The WCF namespace will include the interface name

Unit test written in VB.Net for SOAP

Public Sub SOAPClientHelloWorldTestMethod()

strURLSubFolder = “ServiceName.svc”
strInterfaceName = “IServiceName”
strFunction = “HelloWorldMethod”
Dim parameter1 = “parameter1”

strRequest2FunctionNameOpen = “&lt ns1:HelloWorldMethod &gt”
strRequest3Parameters = “&lt” + parameter1Value + “&gt”
strRequest4FunctionNameClose += “&lt ns1:HelloWorldMethod &gt”


End Sub

Then the SOAP call method

Private Sub CallSOAP()

‘URL to SOAP namespace and connection URL
Dim strURLBase = “http://serviceaddress.net/”
Dim strURL = strURLBase + strURLSubFolder
Dim strNamespace = “http://tempuri.org/”

strRequest1SOAPPart1 = “<?xml version=””1.0″” encoding=””UTF-8″”?>” & _

“<SOAP-ENV:Envelope ” & _

“xmlns:SOAP-ENV=””http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/”&#8221; ” & _

“xmlns:ns1=””” & strNamespace & “””>” & _


strRequest5SOAPEnd = “</SOAP-ENV:Body></SOAP-ENV:Envelope>”

Dim strRequest = strRequest1SOAPPart1 + strRequest2FunctionNameOpen + strRequest3Parameters + strRequest4FunctionNameClose + strRequest5SOAPEnd
TestContext.WriteLine(“URL = ” + strURL)
TestContext.WriteLine(“Request = ” + strRequest)
Dim soapAction As String
soapAction = strNamespace & strInterfaceName & “/” & strFunction
TestContext.WriteLine(“SOAPAction = ” + soapAction)

Dim objectName As String
‘objectName = “Msxml2.XMLHTTP.3.0”
‘objectName = “MSXML2.DOMDocument.6.0”
objectName = “MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP”

Dim soap_request As Object
soap_request = CreateObject(objectName)

Dim contentType As String
contentType = “text/xml; charset=utf-8”
‘contentType = “application/x-www-form-urlencoded”

soap_request.open(“POST”, strURL, False)
soap_request.setRequestHeader(“Content-Type”, contentType)
soap_request.setRequestHeader(“Content-Length”, Len(strRequest))
soap_request.setRequestHeader(“SOAPAction”, soapAction)

‘send the request and capture the result
Dim strResult = soap_request.responseText
soap_request = Nothing

‘display the XML
‘response.write (strResult)
Dim xml = XDocument.Parse(strResult)

End Sub

Classic ASP

Dim strRequest, strResult, strElement, strURL, strNamespace,interfacename,soap_request,parameter1

‘ Define services
strURL = “http://serviceaddress.svc&#8221; ‘ Service URL
strNamespace = “http://tempuri.org/&#8221; ‘ Name space
interfacename=”IServiceName/” ‘ interface name
strElement = “GetMethod” ‘ Element

set soap_request = Server.CreateObject(“Msxml2.XMLHTTP.3.0″)
strRequest =”<?xml version=””1.0″” encoding=””UTF-8″”?>”

strRequest=strRequest& “<SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV=””http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/”&#8221; xmlns:ns1=”””&strNamespace&”””>”

strRequest=strRequest& “<SOAP-ENV:Body>”

strRequest=strRequest& “<ns1:HelloWorldMethod>”

strRequest=strRequest& “<ns1:parameter1>”&soap_user&”</ns1:parameter1>”

strRequest=strRequest& “</ns1:HelloWorldMethod>”

strRequest=strRequest& “</SOAP-ENV:Body>”

strRequest=strRequest& “</SOAP-ENV:Envelope>”

soap_request.open “post”, “”&strURL&””, False
soap_request.setRequestHeader “Content-Type”, “text/xml; charset=utf-8”
soap_request.setRequestHeader “SOAPAction”,strNamespace&interfacename&strElement
soap_request.setRequestHeader “Content-Length”,Len(strRequest)

Call soap_request.send(strRequest) ‘ Send the soap request and capture the result
strResult = soap_request.responseText

‘display the XML
if strResult”” then
Set ResponseXML = Nothing
end if
Set soap_request = Nothing

end if


How to reinstate Contact Linking in Outlook 2013

For Outlook 2007 and 2010 there is an Option > Contacts > Linking > Show contacts linked to the current item

This has been removed in Outlook 2013, apparently because they have a new feature of Links when you are on People and the current view is People and then look at details. I don’t use that but and tend to use the List view which does not have the links. Also I have historic links, so wanted to reinstate links. Thanks to:


Which I found via


So steps copied from first of these are:

  1. Regedit
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences
  3. Add DWORD: ShowContactFieldObsolete
  4. Set to 1

That page also referred to a Group Policy registry setting. I did not have that on my machine, did not create it and found that the links were there anyway

To remove:

Set to 0, or remove the Key



Dataset Error: Failed to open a connection to the database – Synonym error

Dataset has been in production use for a long time. I use EF a lot now, but these still need maintenance and modifications for user requests. Error message was:

Wizard form
An unexpected error has occurred.
Error Message: Failed to open a connection to the database
Check the connection and network state and try again

Datasets will not connect Synonym

This was on a remote server so I thought there may be a timeout issue. However a search and thanks to:


revealed that there may be a bad synonym in the database. The writer of that post used Activity Monitor, but SQL Profiler might also find that there was a wait resource of ExternalResource.

Although I did not check the Activity Monitor, I did check my synonyms and they were pointing at an old server. Repaired them to point at a correct location and the dataset issue has gone.





Publish ASP.Net to Azure ‘freezes’

Steps to reproduce freeze when publishing a website to Azure

This assumes you have previously published a site

  1. Visual Studio
  2. Right-click on ASP.Net project that you wish to publish
  3. Publish
  4. Preview
  5. Start Preview
  6. Publish
  7. Freezes after build

How to resolve

If your solution has multiple projects, make sure that the ASP.Net project is the “Start up project”

The model backing the ‘FilmContext’ context has changed since the database was created. Consider using Code First Migrations to update the database

This happened when the database connection string had not been setup in the App.config, so Code First went ahead and created a new database, which I then deleted and set up the connection string to my existing database. I then started getting this error.

Workaround by adding Entity.Database.SetInitializer in the context:

Protected Overrides Sub OnModelCreating(modelBuilder As System.Data.Entity.DbModelBuilder)
Entity.Database.SetInitializer(Of FilmContext)(Nothing) ‘To not initialise the database
modelBuilder.Configurations.Add(New FilmsMap)
End Sub

Entity Framework connection error: System.Data.ProviderIncompatibleException

For me this occurred when I used Entity Framework Power Tools Beta 3, and then used the “Entity Framework > View Entity Data Model (Read-Only)” functionality. The error was:

System.Data.ProviderIncompatibleException: An error occurred while getting provider information from the database. This can be caused by Entity Framework using an incorrect connection string. Check the inner exceptions for details and ensure that the connection string is correct. —> System.Data.ProviderIncompatibleException: The provider did not return a ProviderManifestToken string. —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server)

This was because the Project containing the context was a class library and was not the startup project. I changed the App.config in the class library but this had no effect. To resolve you change the App.config file in the project marked as the startup project.

Might also be that a reference to the project containing the context is missing.


Error setting up SQL Server CDC – Change Data Capture

Error when using:
EXECUTE sys.sp_cdc_enable_db

Msg 22830, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_cdc_enable_db_internal, Line 193
Could not update the metadata that indicates database <dbname> is enabled for Change Data Capture. The failure occurred when executing the command ‘SetCDCTracked(Value = 1)’. The error returned was 15517: ‘Cannot execute as the database principal because the principal “dbo” does not exist, this type of principal cannot be impersonated, or you do not have permission.’. Use the action and error to determine the cause of the failure and resubmit the request.


Database > Properties > Files >
Check that the databse has an owner

For me this went wrong because ‘dbo’ existed on the server (pc) where this database was created, but did not exist on this server (pc) (SQL Server Developer Edition)

SQL Linked Server and SQL Server Agent

When using SQL Server Agent to do a job that has a view or other that connects to a remote server then you may get the following issues:

Error “Linked servers cannot be used under impersonation without a mapping for the impersonated login”

Solution 1:

  1. Create a login on the end server as:
    USE [master]
  2. Then give this login the permissions on the objects required.
  3. Back on the host right-click on the remote server > Properties > Security >
  4. Add “Local server login to remote server login mappings:”
    Add “NT SERVICE\SQLSERVERAGENT” Impersonate = ticked on – No remote user or password
    Suggest use “Be made using the login’s current security context”

Solution 2:

  1. Create a new SQL server login on the end server and give it the required permissions
  2. Back on the host right-click on the remote server > Properties > Security >
  3. Add “Local server login to remote server login mappings:”
    Add “NT SERVICE\SQLSERVERAGENT” Impersonate = ticked off – Remote user = your new user, Password = new password
    Suggest use “Be made using the login’s current security context”


Failed to connect to a windows service – Group Policy Client

Error on start-up of windows:

“Failed to connect to a windows service
Windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service. This problem prevents standard users from logging on to the system.
As an administrative user, you can review the System Event Log for details about why the service didn’t respond”

Group Policy on login 2013-01-10

This also does not start a service:

Group Policy Service Not started 2013-06-12


Resolved with thanks to SQL-ER:




“The crash of your computer during Windows Updates may have caused that !

I had this issue on my laptop since November, and it really bugged me.  I sifted through the event log and found the pattern of events that preceded the issue, and, probably, caused it.
In short, the pattern is as follows: Windows updates run automatically as scheduled, and when reboot is initiated after the updates are finished, the computer crashes (probably during reboot sequence).  When it boots up, it reports that the last shutdown was unexpected, and the issue begins to occur.
I spent 2 days trying to dig out a solution from the Internet, to no avail, until I came across this page.  It doesn’t say anything about this particular problem, but it gives more information about SVCHOST process that starts many services, including Group Policy Client.  It looks like during reboot a vital registry settings were lost during crash and Group Policy Client “don’t know” how to start.  Let me explain:
There are two places to look in the registry:

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services this path should contain gpsvc key (a folder), which is responsible for service parameters and configuration.  I found that the key was intact, so, you do not touch anything here – just check that the key exists.
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SVCHOST This is the most important path you should look into, as it must contain the keys and values referred in the key #1.  Below are descriptions what must be present there.
  • There must be Multi-String value called GPSvcGroup. My laptop was missing it.  So, you should create multi-string value named GPSvcGroup and assign it value GPSvc.
  • Next, you must create a key (a folder) and name it GPSvcGroup – this key normally should be there, but, again, it was missin on my laptop.
  • Then open newly-created GPSvcGroup folder and create 2 DWORD values:
  1. First called AuthenticationCapabilities and you must give it a value of 0x00003020 (or 12320 in decimal)
  2. Second is called CoInitializeSecurityParam and it must have value of 1.

Once you complete all steps above, reboot the computer and the problem will be fixed.

Video walkthrough for those who are not very technical is here: http://youtu.be/4m5KEmckWK4

I am so relieved I was able to fix it, and hope this will help others with the similar issue.”