Launches the Microsoft Enterprise Library Configuration Console

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by nandanmehra | December 09 2015

very bad tool and bad documentation junk

by mihai.cucicea | October 03 2015

Total failure. It crashes every time, not intuitive what's wrong.

by kcabral1 | August 24 2014

This tool falls woefully short providing rudimentary functionality for the
validation block. There is no ability to move validation checks between levels, rearrange levels,
test validation, or maintain connection to DLLs after shutting the tool
down and returning to work at a later time. Reloading DLLs causes work to
be overridden and will erase previously created validation checks for properties
of classes. Moreover, there is no integration with VS2013 out of the box,
but there is the ability to include a reference to the tool and right-mouse
click to start the tool. Additionally, only public properties are validation
applicable. No private fields, properties, or types are available for validation.

by shaper | August 22 2013

always a "must-have"

by Daniel Cheida | November 06 2011

by Vu Xing | May 13 2011

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  • Support for VS2013?
    4 Posts | Last post January 11, 2016
    • Any plans and timeline?
    • When will this be implemented for VS 2013?
    • I don't think there are currently any plans.  However, in the meantime: http://randylevy.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/enterpriselibrary-config-for-vs2013/
    • Thanks Randy, I wonder if there is any similar update for VS 2015!
  • Support for VS2015?
    1 Posts | Last post September 18, 2015
  • Extensinos
    1 Posts | Last post October 03, 2014
    • Enterprise Library Configuration Console Extension seems to be failing on Visual Studio 2012. 
      So, I installed it directly from the Download  @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38789 instead of using the standard extension mechanism into VS, and it worked well.  The built-in mechanism was downloading Console version 5), but Enterprise Libraries are currently on version 6.x
  • Adding My Custom Validator Provider
    1 Posts | Last post August 17, 2013
      I have written a custom validation provider to use with EntLib Config. Console V6 in VS 2012.
      However I am not able to find where VSIX package is installed, because, as per documentation, I should copy the DLL to the console's installation directory.
      Any help would be appreciated.
  • Error using VS2012 + EntLib6
    3 Posts | Last post August 01, 2013
    • Can't get it to work using VS2012 and Enterprise Library 6
      Error launching the configuration console
      Could not locate the Enterprise Library binaries required to launch the configuration console. Either use NuGet to add references to the Enterprise Library blocks or set a value for the 'Enterprise Library binaries path' property on the solution to indicate the location of the binaries
      web.config :
      <compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.5" />
      <httpRuntime targetFramework="4.5" />
      packages.config :
        <package id="EnterpriseLibrary.Common" version="6.0.1304.0" targetFramework="net45" />
        <package id="EnterpriseLibrary.Data" version="6.0.1304.0" targetFramework="net45" />
      Inside the solution file :
      	GlobalSection(ExtensibilityGlobals) = postSolution
      		EnterpriseLibraryConfigurationToolBinariesPathV6 = packages\EnterpriseLibrary.Common.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45;packages\EnterpriseLibrary.Data.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45;packages\EnterpriseLibrary.Logging.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45;packages\EnterpriseLibrary.ExceptionHandling.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45;packages\EnterpriseLibrary.ExceptionHandling.Logging.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45;packages\EnterpriseLibrary.Validation.6.0.1304.0\lib\NET45
    • I got the same error.
    • I had the same issue.
      In my case i just had to install Enterprise Library 6 Config tool.
      I had the Enterprise Library 5 Config tool installed from the Visual Studio Gallery which was obviously the wrong Version. 
  • Configuration Editor for Version 4.1
    1 Posts | Last post May 17, 2013
    • I have Enterprise Library 4.1 version installed in my office system and I am currently working on an application .Net 4.0 with Silverlight where the enterprise library is used for logging purpose. The app.config file contains the settings required for logging the errors and it is working fine. But, I don't see the Edit Configuration menu when I right click on the App.config file. I installed the file given in this link and after that the menu is visible. But, since it is not applicable for 4.1 version of the library, it is not working. Is a similar tool available for adding this Extension to VS 2010 for the 4.1 version of enterprise library?
  • Crashes If WiX 3.6 is installed
    1 Posts | Last post October 30, 2012
    • If I have EnterpriseLibrary.Config enabled, and I have WiX 3.6 installed with a wix project in my solution, Visual studio 2012 crashes after every compile. If I disable EnterpriseLibrary.Config it works fine. Also note I have Resharper 7.0 installed.
  • Adding a Custom Provider to the Configuration Editor
    3 Posts | Last post October 11, 2012
    • From the EnterpriseLibrary documentation on creating a custom provider with full integration :
      "Compile your project, and copy your provider assembly into the same folder as the configuration tools. "
      Is it possible to do the same with the Visual Studio Extension ? I've located the folder where the extension is installed and copied my assembly there but it doesn't seem to work. I know the solution is much less user-friendly because installing a custom provider requires the user to dig in hidden folders.  Maybe there's another way ?
    • I've tried restarting Visual Studio and it did work.  However, I'm still wondering if there's another way to do this (instead of digging in hidden folders and copying my custom provider along with the config tool).
    • Hi, if you want your custom provider to show up in the config tool when right clicking on the .config file and launching the config tool, you should open the Visual Studio solution (.sln) file with a text editor, and update the EnterpriseLibraryConfigurationToolBinariesPath global section (at the end of the file) to include a relative path to where your custom binary is located. This is how the config tools finds the Enterprise Library built-in assemblies.
  • VS 2012?
    3 Posts | Last post July 01, 2012
    • Will this be updated to support VS2012 soon?  I like being able to edit the config within VS, but am trying to move to VS2012 as my environment.
    • @raedwa01
      Not for v5.0 config tool. You'll have to use the stand-alone version.
      We will consider VS2012 integration for the next version of Enterprise Library. Suggest it/vote on http://entlib.uservoice.com.
    • I managed to install the extension on VS2012 RC.
      You have to extract vsix (it's just a ZIP archive)
      locate extension.vsixmanifest file (it's an xml document)
      change <VisualStudio Version="10.0">  to <VisualStudio Version="11.0"> and save changes
      than you only have to create a zip archive from the extracted files and rename it that the extension is vsix instead of zip.
      That is it.
  • How to run EL Configuration Editor for Silverlight?
    2 Posts | Last post December 01, 2011
    • I have installed the EnterpriseLibrary.Config tool for VS 2010, but can't figure out how to launch it.  I don't see it anywhere within VS 2010 (outside of the disable/uninstall area of the Extension Manager in VS 2010).  Any tips will be appreciated!
    • If you open the context menu for your application config file ("app.config" or similar) - for example in the solution explorer - you will find the option "Edit Enterprise Library V5 Configuration" (with the well-known orange colored icon). This will start the appropriate config editor with your application config pre-loaded.
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