Remote debug not working in Visual Studio 2003

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    Angry Remote debug not working in Visual Studio 2003

    Hope this is right place to ask:

    Ive been trying to get my Visual Studio 2003 to remote debug to another pc. And its driving me crazy!

    When I attempt to remote debug with pipe I get a Access is Denied.

    Ive tried many security and registry settings, things Ive tried:

    * The username and password are the same on both the host and the remote machine.
    * Added my account to the Debugger Users group on my pc and the remote pc.
    * Altered reg key to allow other users
    * Using dcomcnfg, under COM Security tab set Edit Limits and Access Permission for ANONYMOUS LOGON account set the Remote Access OK for all. Applied to all other accounts too.
    * Did all the settings as mentioned here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833977
    * Disabled firewalls on both.

    The remote pc is definately recieving a message from the host as I can see the host's ip briefly appear when I watch the list of ip's with TcpipView program on the remote pc.

    If I use the TCPIP version of remote debugging and by typing "msvcmon -tcpip -anyuser" on the remote pc, the msvcmon says "Debugging session in progress" on the remote pc when I press F5 on the main pc. But nothing else happens. My pc eventually after about 3 minutes of inactivity returns a popup saying "msvcmon disconnected or youre using pipe". Ughhh.

    Running VS2003 on XP SrvPk2.

    Project is C++.

    Any help much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    I have no idea how to solve this problem. Have you tried using WinDBG instead [although that may require that you have serial or firewire connection to the relevant machin, so if the machine is on the other side of the building, it may not help you].

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    Hey matsp.

    Wish I could use serial or firewire, but only my pc has both, the laptop doesnt have either.

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    > the laptop doesnt have either.
    Perhaps a USB to Serial (or Firewire) dongle would be of some use to you then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    > the laptop doesnt have either.
    Perhaps a USB to Serial (or Firewire) dongle would be of some use to you then.
    If the target machine has serial port then that would work. I beleive that the target machine goes directly at the serial port (to avoid interlocking problems with driver debugging - otherwise functions that aren't reentrant that are common between "my driver" and the Serial Port driver will not be available to debug - and debugging driver from WinDBG is much of it's purpose in life).

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    Would another option be to get a pcmcia serial or firewire card for the laptop maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassquake View Post
    Would another option be to get a pcmcia serial or firewire card for the laptop maybe?
    Possibly, I'd probably go for the serial variety for two reasons:
    1. In my experience (although that may just be me), Firewire communication in WinDBG is not as reliable as serial port - and I didn't see any great speed difference either.
    2. WinDBG (or rather, the kernel debug module) is picky on which Firewire modules it supports. At the very least, check which Firwire chip the card is built around and check that it's on the "recommended for WinDBG". I believe the reason for the limited support is the same as the serial port being used directly by the kernel rather than using traditiona drivers - the kernel debug module should not interfere with drivers (or the kernel itself for that matter - the MS kernel developers use WinDBG to debug the kernel itself too).

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    Finally got it working!

    If anyones interested heres how:

    * Make an identical account on the remote pc. Same username and password as the pc which your running Visual Studio on.

    Still on the remote pc, now do:

    * Goto Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
    * Click on Local Policies folder, then Security Options folder.
    * Right click on the line Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts and choose Properties.
    * Change from Guest Only to Classic.

    Done!

    Debugging with Pipes over the network should work now.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by Bassquake; 08-22-2008 at 07:19 AM.

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    I have another question.

    When I debug, it doesnt copy over the new debug exe. I have to keep manually copying it over to the remote pc. I thought it would do it automatically. Is there a way to?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassquake View Post
    I have another question.

    When I debug, it doesnt copy over the new debug exe. I have to keep manually copying it over to the remote pc. I thought it would do it automatically. Is there a way to?

    Thanks.
    You can add an "postprocessing step" in Visual Studio that copies it. I never did that, but I used a perl-script that I would run on the build machine to copy the code over to the target machine (it would check the date/time of the file and only copy if it actually changed - and since I did driver development, it would also reboot the machine when the copy was done).

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    Hi matsp.

    Im not familiar with adding a "postprocessing step". Could you elaborate or point me to a tutorial on it? Thanks
    Last edited by Bassquake; 08-22-2008 at 09:06 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassquake View Post
    Hi matsp.

    Im not familiar with adding a "postprocessing step". Could you elaborate or point me to a tutorial on it? Thanks
    It is part of a project in MS Visual Studio - I'm not that familiar with it, as it was about 6 years since I last used it myself [for a similar purpose]. Essentially, it's a box where you enter a command to process after the last of the standard build steps [that is, after linking the executable file].

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    Had a google around. Finally found a solution. How you may ask? (or not )

    * Share your destination folder on the remote pc. Allow Admin permissions or choose user.
    * In Visual Studio, goto the Properties of the project, then to Build List Events, then Post-Build Events.
    * Type in the command box: copy /Y "$(ProjectDir)$(TargetFileName)" "\\MACHINENAME\FOLDER" (alter machinename and folder to whichever it is for you).
    * Press F5 and voila, exe is copied over and executed.

    Last edited by Bassquake; 08-22-2008 at 12:14 PM.

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