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remote debugging xp embedded - how

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Hello Experts,

I am writing an application for a device running windows xp embedded. I want to code on my developer pc and deploy the running executable to the embedded device.

- The two boxes are linked directly by a network cable.
- Both are in the same subnetwork and are able to ping each other.
- Each box is sharing a directory.
- Each box has a remotely shared directory opened in an explorer window.
- The development pc is in a domain "ATWORK".
- The development pc contains two network interface cards. One is connected to the company network, the other one to the embedded device.

The embedded device runs Visual Studio Remote Debugging Monitor configured as
[v] Windows Authentication
[ ] No Authentication (native only)
[ ] Allow any user to debug

Visual Studio 2008 Pro 90-Day-Trial is configured with
Project Properties -> Build -> Output Path [Z:\path\bin\Debug]
Project Properties -> Debug -> [v] Use Remote Computer: MyUserName@EmbeddedDeviceName

On the embedded box, I created a user account (administrator) using the same name as the one on my developer pc.

F6 causes the project to build and deploy the executable to the desired directory on the embedded device.

F5 does the same.
Additionally, Remote Debugging Monitor logs "Date Time EmbeddedDeviceName\MyUserName connected."

Debugging fails showing the error message
"Fehler beim Ausführen des Projekts: Das Debuggen kann nicht gestartet werden. Visual Studio Remote Debugger auf dem Zielcomputer kann keine Verbindung mit diesem Computer herstellen. Fehler bei der Authentifizierung. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in der Hilfe."
since I am living in Germany. The english pendant should be something similar to
"Error executing project: Could not start debugging. Visual Studio Remote Debugger on the target machine cannot establish connection to this computer. Authentication Error. Consult help for further details."

Sadly, I didn't find the matching detail in Visual Studio's help.

How is remote debugging supposed to run?

Remote device can connect to developer pc's shares. But Remote Debugging Monitor can't connect to Visual Studio.

How can I solve this?

Aug 11 '09 #1
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It took me a while to get this same type of thing going between my host OS and VMware OSes running on the same PC.

A couple things to check:
1) the target PC should have the firewall off
2) the target PC and the host PC should be logging in with the identical user and password. This one actually tripped me up because I had *changed* the user on the target PC to match the host PC. That won't work! You have to have matching users that were *created* exactly the same.

This blog on using VMware may help as it is the same type thing
Aug 11 '09 #2

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Hello tlhintoq,

1) Yes, the target firewall is off.
For testing purposes, I disabled the host firewall as well, without any effect on my problem.
2) Yes, I created a new user account on the target PC. It is administrator and has the same name and password as on the developer PC.

Maybe the problem has to do with the developer PC in a domain and the target PC not. But I don't know how to get around that.
Aug 12 '09 #3

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You know: "If the error message changes, then you're right"

In Visual Studio's properties, I changed all paths from "Z:\..." to "\\192.168..." and the program indeed seems to debug.

Though, it doesn't run properly yet. I get an exception in Form1's constructor:
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  1. public Form1()
  2. {
  3.     InitializeComponent();
  4. }
InitializeComponent() throws a SecurityException. It looks exactly like debugging a project that's located on some network drive.

I tried signing with a strong name, but I have to use some assemblies without such a strong name and if I got it right, this combination doesn't work.

How can I grant the necessary security level to my project?
Aug 12 '09 #4

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I'd start by finding out which component is throwing the exception.
After all... InitializeComponent() is a method in your Form1.designer.cs for setting up your form's buttons, textboxes and other design elements. I'd be really surprised if one of them threw a securityException unless it is a more complex component that normal. Do you have a UserControl on there that is trying to do something on create like access a database or network folder, or the registry?
Aug 12 '09 #5

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In Visual Studio's properties, I changed all paths from "Z:\..." to "\\192.168..." and the program indeed seems to debug.
Path consistency is vital. All of my VS projects are on an external drive. I had to make sure all my computers and laptop see that drive as 'K:' so none of the references break. In VMware virtual computers I did a mapped drive back to the shared host external so the VM's saw it as a network drive on 'K'
Aug 12 '09 #6

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I got a tip to install .NET3.5SP1 on the target.
Even though I use .NET2.0, that works for the SecurityException.
Aug 14 '09 #7

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Very cool. Thanks for sharing that. One of those goofey things that one wouldn't think of right away.
Aug 14 '09 #8

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