Sunday, May 25, 2008

Office 2007 OPK

The Office 2007 System Builder Pack comes with a "hybrid" build of Office 2007. The purpose for this is not documented, however it's intended to allow the end user to decide which version of Office 2007 to buy if a license is not delivered with the system.

By using the Office Activation Assistant, the user can get a trial license key and check out the apps in the "hybrid" build prior to purchase.

To install this prior to delivery, create a folder with an admin image of Office 2007. Copy the config.xml file to the root of the admin image folder and edit as needed. Restart the PC and install the admin image. We've found if you don't restart the PC, the installer does not see the .xml file.

After the System Builder install is complete, install the Office Activation Assistant.

If testing is needed, run the "AUDIT.REG" file provided in the pack and then install Office 2007 from the admin image folder. Use the "hybrid" product key provided. You cannot activate the product with this key.

After testing is complete, run the OEM12.bat file provided in the pack to restore the image to a "pre-first-run" configuration and you're all set for delivery.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vista networking tweaks

Even after Vista Service Pack 1, some folks are still tweaking Vista's networking to improve performance for file operations. Susan's post suggests using these three command line entries to speed things up:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled

netsh interface tcp set global chimney=disabled

netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled

Saturday, May 10, 2008

SharePoint 3 DCOM error - Event ID 10016

After a parallel SharePoint 3 install on SBS, DCOM errors began (event ID 10016):

"The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1} to the user NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE SID (S-1-5-20). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool."

While Google turned up several solutions, MS PSS determined what permissions where missing. Add them as follows:

1) Click Start -> Run, type "dcomcnfg" (without quotation marks) and then press ENTER.
2) Expand Console Root -> Component Services -> Computers -> My Computer -> DCOM Config.
3) Under "DCOM Config" locate IIS WAMREG admin service, right click it and select Properties.
4) Click the Security tab, under "Launch and Activation Permissions", click "Edit", add the NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE and WSS_ADMIN_WPG accounts and add the following permissions:
Local Launch
Remote Launch
Local Activation
Remote Activation

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Viewing SBS faxes in Vista

Vista's Windows Fax and Scan (WFS) applet does not properly display .tif files created by SBS's fax server. The page is forced into a landscape orientation, distorting the text. Changing the view using the tools in WFS does not allow you to correct the display.

To work around the the problem, install Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI). It's installed by default in Office 2003. In Office 2007, however, you must select MODI from a custom installation.