How to Remove a Hedgehog TDS License from Visual Studio

I recently setup a VM as a base point for all my Sitecore development. However it had so many of my licenses tied into it I was hesitant to share it with any of my co-workers even though it offered an excellent opportunity to have them hit the ground running on a project. So after I got everything setup how I wanted it and cloned that snapshot I went and started removing all the licenses for various pieces of software so there were no legal issues with sharing this VM, my hope was the first time they used it they’d have to grab their own licenses, enter those, and be off to the races.

But I couldn’t figure out how to remove the license for Hedgehog TDS. I would go into Visual Studio and then to Help -> View TDS License but when I cleared it out and hit Ok it told me it was not a valid license. Doh! It was validating an empty string :S So how would one go about removing the license without having to enter a new one? Regedit to the rescue!

All I had to do was delete all the values under the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\HedgehogDevelopment\Sitecore Visual Studio Integration 2.0

After that I started back up Visual Studio and voila!

The license was cleared out and it was ready for me to input a new one.

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SQL Server – Databases are Read-Only After Reattaching

I was moving some files around today and ran into this confusing issue. I had moved a Sitecore instance to a new folder but originally left the database in it’s old location, so I went and detached them in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and then moved the files from on folder to another. After that I reattached them in SQL Server and found that they were all listed as Read Only.

No problem, I thought. I checked the folder and sure enough it was marked as Read Only, so I unchecked that and hit Ok. Same problem. I went back to the folder properties and it still said Read Only. From there I tried setting several inner folders and files individually but all of them had the same problem. How odd.

After a quick search and a few min on Stack Overflow I went and tried unsetting the Read Only property in SQL Server Management Studio and once again, no dice.

Eventually what worked for me was I went and gave my windows user full write access to the folder, since that’s who I was logging into SSMS as. At that point I still couldn’t unset the option in the Windows properties but I was able to go in and reattach it through SSMS and at that point it no longer listed them as read only.

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Sitecore: The Name You Entered Is Not Unique

I had to wipe an instance of Sitecore today and start fresh. I deleted the instance using the installer, made sure to delete the App Pool and website in IIS. I removed any leftover files in c:\inetput\wwwroot and then when into SQL Management studio and deleted all of the databases it used. I then went to create a fresh instance using the same instance name and ran into this lovely error:

The Name You Entered Is Not Unique

Hmmm… What did I miss?

A quick Google and I found the answer, I just had to go into the registry and clean up a few things. I deleted everything under “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sitecore CMS” and then restarted the installer. After that it let me name the instance what I had previously used and I was able to continue installing with no issues!

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