Thursday, December 24, 2009

vSphere Client on Windows 7

While installing vSphere client 4.0 on a Windows 7, I encountered the error, “The Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Second Edition installer returned error code ‘4113’ "" “.
As indicated by the error message, the error can be resolved by uninstalling, “Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Redistributable Package” from “Programs” in “Control Panel

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SharePoint 2010 Beta – Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb.ExcludeFromNavigation method

While upgrading to SharePoint 2010 Beta, the following error was thrown while trying to access upgraded pages:
Method not found: 'Void Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb.ExcludeFromNavigation(Boolean, System.Guid)'.
Looks like this method was excluded from Beta (not sure if there is a replacement method for this one). I will update this post if I find a workaround.
In MOSS 2007
In SharePoint 2010 Beta

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SharePoint 2010 Beta Features

I have been waiting for so long to write this post and here I am…..So let’s get started and see what new features are available in SharePoint 2010 Beta.
Overall the basic idea of SharePoint(in general) is Content Management, Portal and Search integrated on a single platform. Few of the benefits of SharePoint are: Tight Office + SharePoint integration, Rich applications, Consistent User Experience, Navigation and architecture.
The main features of SharePoint 2010 are (this should be familiar to MOSS 2007 developers – like 6 pillars of MOSS 2007 ) :
  • Sandboxed Solutions
  • InfoPath Form Services
  • Enhanced Workflows
  • Single Infrastructure for Intranets, Extranets and Internet Sites.
  • Enhanced UI with Ribbon, Dialogs, Edit in Place and Ajax (Less page refreshes).
  • Office Client and Web App support (basic editing, high fidelity rendering)
  • SharePoint Workspace and Mobile (groove enhancements)
  • Support for XHTML, Multilingual
  • Collaborate using Wikis, Blogs and Co-Authoring
  • Organize using Tags, Ratings and Bookmarks
  • MySites Smart Profiles and Feeds
  • Browse Colleagues, Experts and Org
Content Management
  • Taxonomy, Workflow, Document Sets
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Handle Larger lists, Document Libraries
  • Content Types and Taxonomy across all the farms
  • Policy and Records Management
SharePoint Search
  • Standard and FAST Search
  • Experience, Relevance and Navigation
  • People Search
  • Scale and Flexible Platform
  • Search Results preview
  • Excel Services, SQL Server Support
  • PerformancePoint Services
  • Visio Services and Chart Web Part
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • PowerPivot (previously called Gemini)…100 M rows in excel and publish it to SharePoint – Two forms (SQL Server Power Pivot for Excel and SQL Server Power Pivot for SharePoint)
Coming to the End User, Social Networking and BI Enhancements, we have
  • Ribbon changes depending on context (different for a page and a library)
  • Edit in Place (with live preview)
  • Add Pictures directly without loading them into a library
  • Less page refreshes and more fluid
  • Checkout multiple documents
  • Document Sets – > Handles multiple documents as a single entity (flexible in handling sets)
  • Social Computing – > Activity Feed, Tag Cloud, Recent Blog feeds, Ratings,
  • All desktop applications open in Web now…
  • Find the right expertise people in your organization using People search and other social networking features
  • Subscribe to excel updates (rest based feeds) and directly link to live data.
Infrastructure Changes
  • On-Premises and/or Cloud
  • Web user interface revamp
  • Power Shell scripts (500+ cmdlets)
  • Resource Governors, Health Monitoring using Rules, Analytics, Logging
  • Upgrade is easier
  • Manage Farm remotely using Windows 7
  • Power shell – What if command is powerful
  • Central Admin – Web Apps, Service apps, Content DB, Health Monitor
  • OOB lot of rules for health monitoring (security, performance, configuration)
  • WSS 4.0 – > Microsoft SharePoint Foundation
  • Again Ribbon changes depending on the context here
  • 64 Bit only
  • Run upgrade checker from SP2 before doing the upgrade
I will be posting more about MOSS 2010, as I keep finding out more interesting features about it…..

SharePoint 2010 Beta Installation Instructions

Hardware prerequisites
ComponentMinimum requirement
Processor64-bit, dual processor, 3 GHz
RAM4 GB for stand-alone or evaluation installation
8 GB for single server and multiple server farm installation for production use
Hard disk80 GB
OtherDVD drive
Below are the Server Requirements
  • Database: 64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Web Front End & Application Server features: (The below step is also done by the MOSS 2010 Configuration Tool….Please feel free to jump to the next one)
    • Web Server (IIS) role
    • Application Server role

Software prerequisites for SQL Server 2008
· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1

Installation Guide
I have few screenshots of the installation procedure here….




Please enter your product key on the next screen and click next.




Error: SQL Server at “servername” has an unsupported version 9.0.1399.6. The minimum required SQL server versions are SQL Server 2005 SP3 CU3, version number: 9.0.4220.00 or SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU 2, version number 10.00.2714.00
I did not have SQL Server 2008 SP1 installed (though it was mentioned in the Prerequisites) and after installing SP1, I was able to continue the installation.


Follow the wizard which opens up after the Central Admin is opened for the first time.


Make sure the above site is added to trusted sites (otherwise you will not be able to perform most of the operations in central admin.

While configuring the services, the below errors occurred:
The service application proxy "User Profile Service Application" could not be provisioned because of the following error: Unrecognized attribute 'allowInsecureTransport'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive. (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\WebClients\Profile\client.config line 56)
Corelation Id: 3826b556-ee29-46b6-910f-b7179d58f030
To fix the above issue the WCF Hotfix (KB976462) for Windows Server 2008 R2 needs to be installed. The WCF Hotfix (KB976462) for Windows Server 2008 R2 is available from Microsoft Connect, and can be downloaded here:
Download and install the above Hotfix. Once installed, restart the server after installation.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Manage Windows 2008 R2 servers using Windows 7

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows® 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.
Note: RSAT for Windows 7 can be installed ONLY on computers that are running the Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7
RSAT includes the following tools and can be downloaded at the below location:
Server Administration Tools
  • Server Manager
Role Administration Tools
  • Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
  • DHCP Server Tools
  • DNS Server Tools
  • File Services Tools
  • Hyper-V Tools
  • Terminal Services Tools
Feature Administration Tools
  • BitLocker Password Recovery Viewer
  • Failover Clustering Tools
  • Group Policy Management Tools
  • Network Load Balancing Tools
  • SMTP Server Tools
  • Storage Explorer Tools
  • Storage Manager for SANs Tools
  • Windows System Resource Manager Tools
Download the tool and install it. Once installed navigate to control panel –>Programs and Features –> Turn Windows Features on or off. Select all or the required features in Remote Administration Tools section.
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