The Module DLL C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\logcust.dll failed to load. The data is the error.

Running Server 2008 R2, IIS 7.5, if you get this error in the Application event log:

The Module DLL C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\logcust.dll failed to load.  The data is the error.

It's kind of an obscure situation. IIS is saying it could not load the logcust module, which is the Custom Logging feature. In my case, I was setting up a development server farm, and had installed this feature on one server. The shared configuration caused IIS to try loading this module on the other server.

SQL Server date time conversions to/from Unix bigint format UPDATED

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I am in the middle of a SQL data conversion project. Amazingly, our *new* SQL Server database requires dates to be stored in Unix format, which is a bigint field with the number of milliseconds since 01/01/1970. Amazing, I tell you.

Here are some queries that I have found useful in this project. I have updated this article to include an alternative that does not involve functions.

How to snap windows horizontally in Windows 7

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You may know the convenient feature in Windows 7 to snap windows to the right and left: drag a window all the way to one side of your screen and it will snap to the side of your screen, taking up exactly one half of it. The keyboard shortcut Win+Left (right) arrow does this as well. But how do you snap windows to the top and bottom of your screen? It's easy!

Converting FLAC files on Windows, or, "How I use ffmpeg to rule the world"

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I had some FLAC audio files on my computer that I wanted to convert to a lossy format (AAC, in my case). iTunes won't play FLAC, and VLC wasn't helping me. I ended up calling FFmpeg in a PowerShell script to quickly convert all of the files.

$target = 'J:\FLAC'
$target = $target + "\*.flac"
$files = Get-ChildItem $target

foreach ($file in $files) {
    .\ffmpeg.exe -i $file -acodec libvo_aacenc -b:a 256k -ar 44100 -threads 4 -n $($file.BaseName + ".m4a")
}

How to retrieve file modification time through WMI and PowerShell

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I needed to get a file modification timestamp through WMI (for an irrelevant reason, I couldn't use the UNC path and PowerShell's get-childitem cmdlet). So, WMI it had to be...

$file = gwmi -computername remoteComputer -query "select * from cim_datafile where name = 'C:\\file.txt' "
$age = (get-date) - $file.convertToDateTime($file.LastModified)
return $age.seconds

Pretty quick and painless!

Note: you could get (m)any other file attributes by slightly altering these lines. Remember: the get-member cmdlet is your friend!

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