Entity Framework determine storage version SQL Server 2016

Using latest Entity Framework 6.1.3 with Visual Studio 2015 and connecting to SQL Server 2016 developer edition, I had the following error:-

Could not determine storage version; a valid storage connection or a version hint is required.


In Visual Studio Solution Explorer.

Right Click over the Entity Framework .edmx

Open with and select XML Text Editor

Search for "ProviderManifestToken=" and either you will have XXXX or in my case I had 2012 in this value.  So I changed it to 2008 and now my code works.

Excel Automation as a Scheduled task on Windows Server 2012 R2

Migrating some Excel Automated code using C# off an old Windows 2003 Server onto Windows Server 2012 R2 and using Scheduled Tasks to run I notice it was failing.  User linked to the Scheduled Task has correct permissions and it is being run with highest privileges.  Excel installed and I can run the code manually fine as that user.  Plenty of threads about the issue but the only thing that worked was:-


Windows 2008 +

Add 2 directories:-




Windows 2012 r2

Add 2 extra directories:-




Asp.Net controls not keeping state on postback

Upgraded an Asp.Net project from Visual Studio 2013 to Visual Studio 2015 and then updated Telerik Controls from Version 2015.1.401.45 to 2015.2.826.45 and noticed none of my dropdowns, treeview controls where keeping state on postbacks.  I was binding data to these controls as per normal, but on postbacks they where losing state, so the dropdowns where empty and the chosen items where obviously not being kept.

Checked my Web.Config and I still had sessionstate active:-

<sessionState mode="InProc" cookieless="false" timeout="30" />


After much scratching of head I had another look at web.config and compared against a version in source control that was working and noticed this little gem:-

<pages enableViewState="false">

      <controls><add tagPrefix="telerik" namespace="Telerik.Web.UI" assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" /></controls>


So looks like the upgrade either with telerik or Visual Studio added:-


After removing this my Asp.Net code worked again - phew!

Entity Framework SQL Server Version Error

Used Entity Framework 6 in Visual Studio 2015 and pulled all the table from the Development Database I needed.  They changed the Entity Framework SQL Configuration line in the App.Config (.Net Command Line App) and got the following error when trying to insert a record:-
The version of sql server in use does not support datatype 'datetime2'. entity framework

Check my SQL Database tables and I wasn't using DateTime2 in any fields.  OK this is a bit strange, the only difference is that Dev SQL Server is running SQL 2008 R2 and Live is still stuck on SQL 2005.

Right click on the *.edmx (Entity Framework Model) file and select "Open With..."
Select "XML (Text) Editor"
Near the top of the XML there is a section that looks like :-
<Schema Provider="System.Data.SqlClient" ProviderManifestToken="2008" Alias="Self" 
The catch here is the ProviderManifestToken is still on 2008, so change this to 2005 for SQL Server 2005 and the error should go:-
<Schema Provider="System.Data.SqlClient" ProviderManifestToken="2005" Alias="Self" 

Visual Studio Performance And Diagnostics Service IISADMIN was not found on computer

Using Visual Studio 2013 and running the Debug - Performance and Diagnostics on my Windows 7 x64 PC I got the error:-

"Service IISADMIN was not found on computer"

I checked and I was running Visual Studio as Admin and IIS was running fine.

I did notice that I didn't have IIS 6 Management Compatibility enabled in the Windows Features.  So I turned these on and Performance and Diagnostics now works:-

Asp.Net Forms Auth Login Page change globalization language culture

Using the standard Asp.Net Forms Authorization for an external web application which we needed to translate into another language other than English.  Changing all custom code is simple enough as we just use either local or global resources.  However what about changing the built in Asp.Net functionality like the login screen to another language.  Well good old Microsoft have thought of that and it is really simple.

First in your page make sure you have culture="auto" and uiculture="auto" as that will tell the code to make use of the browsers language settings for the user e.g.

Next is the simpler bit just install the .Net Language pack on the web server for the language you wish to use.  In this case I am wanting German so I pick the following for .Net 4.5:-

Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5 Language Pack

So now the login screen (showing out of the box screen so no formatting) in English is:-

And if my browser is set to German:-

Asp.Net Telerik RadGrid change globalization language culture

Using Telerik excellent RadGrid in an Asp.Net Web Application and need to translate my website into another language other than English.  In this case German so first download the resource file from Telerik currently located here:-

Global resources for RadGrid

Pop the file into App_GlobalResources folder or create one if you don't already have it:-

Here I am using the RadGrid.Main.resx (English) and RadGrid.Main.de.resx (German - all versions)

Now it does seem to pick up the language setting of the users browser settings so just do the switch in code (normally under Page_Load:-

if (!IsPostBack)


RadGrid.Culture = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.CurrentCulture


.Net Entity framework not adding SQL View

Whilst trying to add a SQL View to an Entity Framework Model I notice it wasn't being added.  Normally this is down to a table not having a Primary Key, but how do you add a Primary Key to a SQL View?  Well there is a simplier method to solving this issue and it is as follows:-

Say we had a simple Select:-

SELECT 'Data1F1' as Field1, 'Data1F2' as Field2


SELECT 'Data2F1' as Field1, 'Data2F2' as Field2

Now this doesn't have an identity field or ID Primary Key so Entity Framework would reject this.  So lets add a ROW_NUMBER value:-





SELECT 'Data1F1' as Field1, 'Data1F2' as Field2


SELECT 'Data2F1' as Field1, 'Data2F2' as Field2

) as DataValues


However again Entity Framework doesn't like this because the ROW_NUMBER is actually returning a Nullable field.  So now we need to how much for abortion convert this into a NOT NULL Value.  To do this we just change the first SELECT:-






The ISNULL makes sure pregnancy pills there are no nulls because we are returning a Zero if there are and SQL interprets this as a NOT NULL field.

Now we can finally add this SQL View to our Entity Framework model.

Linq NullReferenceException on Where Clause

Had a strange error when running a similar query taking data from SQL Server:-

 var returnData = from selectedData in dataTable.AsEnumerable()

 where selectedData.Field<string>("ProductCategory").Trim().ToUpper() == all about abortion "CAT1"

 select selectedData


Error was:-

NullReferenceException abortion pill info was unhandled - Object reference not set to an instance of an object

And in debugger it was pointing to the where clause.  After lots of looking around it was because the field "ProductCategory" being returned from SQL Server was returning some nulls in the data.

The Fix:-

Use the ?? operator (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173224.aspx)

var returnData = from selectedData in dataTable.AsEnumerable()

where (selectedData.Field<string>("ProductCategory") ?? "").Trim().ToUpper() == "CAT1"

select selectedData