Saturday, May 30, 2009

Changes for MS Financing

Going forward, any deals with MS Financing must contain at least 35% Microsoft products in order to be considered.

Karl Palachuk's blog reported this change earlier in the week and I confirmed the change with my MS manager.

I agree with Karl’s post – why in earth would they do this when the recovery is starting to gain traction? I see it as counter productive, don’t you? Perhaps it was their financing partner that insisted on the change.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Accessing Documents in Outlook Web Access 2007

We got this tip from one of our colleagues; it activates server access using the “Documents” button on Outlook Web Access.


First, configure Remote File Access in Exchange 2007 in the Exchange 2007 MMC. It's described here.

To specify the servers users have access to, go to Server Configuration –> Client Access. In the Actions panel on the right side of the window, click on properties below OWA.

Next, click on the Remote File Servers tab and click the Allow button. Enter the server name to be accessed and click the Add button. If desired enter the SharePoint server name as well. For any server name entry, just enter the name of the server (no FQDN, no slashes).

Click OK, click Apply and then OK and close the Exchange MMC.

In OWA, open the location using the format file://server/ or for SharePoint, use http://sharepointservername/documentlibraryname. Once the files are displayed, you may want to save the location in the Favorites list on the OWA Documents page.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

HP Issues Driver Alert for LaserJet Series

Drivers for certain HP LaserJet printers have a known problem in Terminal Server environments. HP has published a series of workarounds in this bulletin.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MS Office 2007 SP2 Installation Errors

We’ve seen a few Vista boxes fail when attempting to load Office 2007. In Windows Update, the error code was 8007066f.

Using the MS links in WU, we didn’t get much help, so we tried installing the service pack outside WU and received a new error - “the detection failed, this can be due to a corrupted installation database.”

MS suggested we completely uninstall all MS Office products (including Project, SharePoint Designer and Visio). We saw another recommendation which was to rename the “patch” key on all MS Office 2007 related entries in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\000021x…

This worked, but proceed carefully. Back up the registry and check each key to see that it relates to Office 2007 before you do this. We changed about 20 or so keys and restarted the system before attempting to install Office 2007 SP2.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Office 2007 SP2 Released 4/28

MS released Office 2007 Service Pack 2 this week. While there were many suite-wide improvements and fixes, there were numerous changes made to each of the individual applications. For more info, look here.

Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released

Service Pack 2 for Vista and Server 2008 was released this week to TechNet and MSDN. The main release will be in May. We’ve begun testing it on some of our internal systems here in the office. We’ll let you know what we find in a subsequent post.