How to install Python on Windows

First, download Python:

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How to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

If you have an application that you want to run on Windows Server 2012 that requires the .NET Framework 3.5, you will most likely run in to a problem when trying to install it. If you are trying to install .NET Framework 3.5 from the Server Manager GUI, you will see this when installing the feature:

“Do you want to specify an alternate source path? One or more installation selections are missing source files…”

To solve this, you can either:

Powershell (As Admin)

Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -source \\network\share\sxs

Old Fashion Command Line (As Admin)

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:d:\sources\sxs

Using Powershell you can verify the install by running Get-WindowsFeature from within PS, you will notice something similar to this;

[X] .NET Framework 3.5 Features NET-Framework-Features   Installed
[X] .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)  NET-Framework-Core Installed

Note: Source should be the Windows installation disc. In my case, this was located on D:

Bug when adding .net framework 3.5 in Server 2012

2. Go down to “Specify an alternate source path” and enter “d:\sources\sxs” as the path.

Now you should see this under your Features list:

.NET Framework 3.5 feature installed on Windows Server 2012

See currently running queries in SQL Server 2012

SELECT r.start_time [Start Time],session_ID [SPID],
DB_NAME(database_id) [Database],
CASE WHEN statement_end_offset=-1 OR statement_end_offset=0
THEN (DATALENGTH(t.Text)-r.statement_start_offset/2)+1
ELSE (r.statement_end_offset-r.statement_start_offset)/2+1
END) [Executing SQL],
FROM sys.dm_exec_requests r
OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(sql_handle) t
WHERE session_id != @@SPID — don’t show this query
AND session_id > 50 — don’t show system queries
ORDER BY r.start_time

This query is great at finding locking queries like the one below:

To fix this, either add “(NOLOCK)” table hint to allow the select to run while the update is happening or kill the offending process using “KILL” command followed by the SPID

How to check if a file is an image

You can always check the extension to be “jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, png, bmp” but sometimes, malicious attackers can upload an exe file with the wrong extension and then use a series of commands to remove the extension/run the file on the server.

How to check extension:

public static readonly List ImageExtensions = new List { ".JPG", ".JPE", ".BMP", ".GIF", ".PNG" };

private void button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    var folder = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.Desktop);
    var files = Directory.GetFiles(folder);
    foreach(var f in files)
        if (ImageExtensions.Contains(Path.GetExtension(f).ToUpperInvariant()))
            // process image

The other option would be .NET 4.5:
MimeMapping.GetMimeMapping Method


static Extension()
        ImageTypes = new Dictionary();

    ///      Registers a hexadecimal value used for a given image type 
    ///      The type of image, example: "png" 
    ///      The type of image, example: "89504E470D0A1A0A" 
    public static void RegisterImageHeaderSignature(string imageType, string uniqueHeaderAsHex)
        Regex validator = new Regex(@"^[A-F0-9]+$", RegexOptions.CultureInvariant);

        uniqueHeaderAsHex = uniqueHeaderAsHex.Replace(" ", "");

        if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(imageType))         throw new ArgumentNullException("imageType");
        if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(uniqueHeaderAsHex)) throw new ArgumentNullException("uniqueHeaderAsHex");
        if (uniqueHeaderAsHex.Length % 2 != 0)            throw new ArgumentException    ("Hexadecimal value is invalid");
        if (!validator.IsMatch(uniqueHeaderAsHex))        throw new ArgumentException    ("Hexadecimal value is invalid");

        ImageTypes.Add(uniqueHeaderAsHex, imageType);

    private static Dictionary ImageTypes;

    public static bool IsImage(this Stream stream)
        string imageType;
        return stream.IsImage(out imageType);

    public static bool IsImage(this Stream stream, out string imageType)
        stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
        StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
        int largestByteHeader = ImageTypes.Max(img => img.Value.Length);

        for (int i = 0; i  img == builtHex);
            if (isImage)
                imageType = ImageTypes[builder.ToString()];
                return true;
        imageType = null;
        return false;