Monday, April 4, 2011

Enable hidden features in Zune

When I switched the Windows Live account I was using in Zune from a US registered account to a German registered account I wondered where all the features like podcast browsing and SmartDJ disappeared to.

For some reason Microsoft thinks that if you are in Germany you might not understand how these things work if there are not in the German language ;).

To turn these features on you have to add a registry key “FeaturesOverride” in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Zune\ and add the DWORD values as in the graphic below:


Open up Zune and the features should be there :D

Blob Cache for SharePoint 2010

On a SharePoint Web Front End you can turn on the BLOB cache which allows the webserver to cache certain file types on the front end without having to go back to the SQL server.

The setting for doing this is in the web.config file of the web application. For example to activate it on the cp Portal I used the following configuration:

<BlobCache location="C:\BlobCache\14" path="\.(gif|jpg|jpeg|jpe|jfif|bmp|dib|tif|tiff|ico|png|wdp|hdp|css|js|asf|avi|flv|m4v|mov|mp3|mp4|mpeg|mpg|rm|rmvb|wma|wmv)$" maxSize="10" enabled="true" />


The line was already in the web.config file but I had to change enabled to “true” and also create the folder c:\BlobCache

The users also have to be changed a la: