November 2010 - Posts

[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 23 Nov 2010 - Weekly Summary

Outlook 2003
2422556   Outlook 2003 crashes when you open a long email message on a computer that has Windows Internet Explorer 8 installed
 

Outlook 2007
2454123   The "File Open," "File Save," and "Insert File" dialog boxes in Microsoft Office do not show network drives in Windows XP
 

SQL Server 2008
2433265   FIX: You may receive an incorrect result when you run a query that uses the ROW_NUMBER function together with a left outer join in SQL Server 2008
2446036   FIX: MOF compilation errors occur and Setup fails for SQL Server 2008
2289254   Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2
2445812   FIX: A column that uses the DATETIME data type does not replicate to an Oracle subscriber by using a transactional replication in SQL Server 2008
2413738   Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
2446860   FIX: The sys.syscommittab system table is not cleaned up after the retention period for change tracking in SQL Server 2008
2402659   The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 was released
2435844   FIX: A SQL Server Agent job incorrectly runs after the specified end date in SQL Server 2008
2428916   FIX: A performance condition alert is incorrectly raised in SQL Server 2008 if a case-sensitive collation is configured
975752   FIX: "ConnConnectAndSetCryptoForXpstar failed (0)"error message occurs when you try to start the SQL Server Agent service from a Remote Desktop session in SQL Server 2008
2404865   FIX: High CPU usage when you run a SQL Server Agent job in SQL Server 2008 if a column of a dynamic SELECT statement has a value that is many characters long
2412203   "Bulk Insert with another outstanding result set should be run with XACT_ABORT on" error message may occur when you run a DTC or MARS transaction in SQL Server 2008
2432235   FIX: High memory consumption may occur when you rebuild a single partition of the heap table in SQL Server 2008
2459742   FIX: The columns do not replicate correctly when you use Web synchronization for a merge replication in SQL Server 2008 if a column contains a NULL value
 

System Center Configuration Manager 2007
2384060   System Center Configuration Manager 2007 does not install, and a "Failed to compile MOF" error is logged
 

Windows Internet Explorer 7
2407537   Your data in Windows Internet Explorer may be exposed on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
2407499   Pop-up windows are displayed automatically in Windows Internet Explorer on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
2407549   You may be affected by some harmful or malicious online content when you use Windows Internet Explorer on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
2407503   Personal and financial information in Windows Internet Explorer 7 may be exposed on a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Vista
 

Windows Internet Explorer 8
2407510   Personal and financial information in Windows Internet Explorer 8 may be exposed on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
 

Windows Server 2003
2447913   Group Policy Management Scripts encounter Access Violation after the end of execution
 

Windows Server 2008
2003961   Distributed File System (DFS) clients connect to out-of-site link targets if IPv6 incorrectly disabled on DFS link target
2462468   Unable to manage cluster using failover cluster manager. Error Recieved: "Connection to the cluster is not allowed since you are not an administrator on the cluster node(s) "
2397463   A hotfix is available that updates localized Windows PowerShell Help files for Windows Server AppFabric
2466246   Printer VBScript error: 0x1A8. Object required
 

Windows Server 2008 R2
2466212   Event 8451 - ╲Hyper-V failed creating a new Desktop Virtualization Host╡ is logged on Windows Server 2008 R2

[Apple] Loving "Find my iPxxx" in iOS 4.2 BUT...

So I've been looking forward to iOS 4.2 ever since it was announced primarily for the multitasking on the iPad which works great (sure there are other features such as folders but they're not on my priority list for now).

One cool feature I wasn't expecting to be in this latest update is the "Find my iPxx" application. Basically you configure your device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) with a MobileMe account. Then if you misplace your device you can sign into the MobileMe website with the account configured on the device and it will not only tell you where it is it will also allow you to:

  • Lock it if it's unlocked.
  • Send a message that is displayed on the device's screen (the default is to repeat a sound at maximum volume for 2 minutes which overrides the phone if it's on silent).
  • Wipe the device - Of course I'm guessing if you do this then you're as good as giving up on it and it's "bye bye to the device" time but at least you can wipe your data.
Now what is cool is you DON'T need to pay for a MobileMe account to use this. When you create the MobileMe account on the device just choose to create a new Apple ID. Run through the process and verify your account from the Inbox of the account you configure then you're good to go. Use the same account to log into the MobileMe site and you'll hopefully soon be reunited with your device. I've decided to create a new account purely for this purpose as if I am unfortunate to lose my iPhone/ iPad I don't want a hacker seeing one of my "live" accounts and then trying to access/ hack these.

So what's the "BUT"? Well the one thing I'd REALLY like to see Apple include in the next version is the ability that when you enable the service you can optionally create a password which you then need to specify to disable the service as the biggest problem I can see at the moment is that if I can access the device/ defeat the key code I just need to jump into Settings where I can easily disable the service or even delete the MobileMe account (maybe there should be an similar extra level of security on the device's accounts as delete the account and you've in effect disabled the "Find my iPxx" app).

Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining as hats off to Apple for enabling this free service, I just think it should be a LOT more difficult to disable it once it's enabled.

To find out how to setup "Find my iPhone" goto:

http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/find-my-iphone-setup/

If you want to find out how to setup "Find my iPad" goto:

http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad/find-my-ipad-setup/

If you've got an iPod and want to set it up on there (think it only works on the new models but check), goto:

http://www.apple.com/uk/ipodtouch/find-my-ipodtouch-setup/

For more information on iOS 4.2 goto:

http://www.apple.com/uk/ios/

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[MS KBs] New ConfigMgr KB Article 2449910 - 16th November 2010

If you are trying to create a model-based report using the R3 version of the ConfigMgr console it may crash. This issue is resolved by the hotfix now available in the following new ConfigMgr KB Article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2449910

IMPORTANT: As always with ConfigMgr hotfixes you should only apply them IF you are seeing the issue described in the article.

The Configuration Manager console crashes when you try to create a model-based report in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3


SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3.
  • You try to create a model-based report by using the Configuration Manager console.
  • You click the Next button after you select any model on the Model Selection page.
In this scenario, the Configuration Manager console crashes, and you receive an error message that resembles the following: 
An error occured in ConfigMgr. The ConfigMgr console will continue to function, however you should save your work and restart the console. After restarting the console, verify that your last configurations have been applied.
If you click Details in the error message dialog box, you receive the following information:
System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException: The given key was not present in the dictionary.
  at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowKeyNotFoundException()
  at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.get_Item(TKey key)
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.SrsReporting.CreateReportInfoPage.OnAddSummary(SummaryRequestHandler handler)
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.SmsWizardForm.OnAddSummary(SummaryRequestHandler handler, SmsWizardPage thisPage)
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.SmsWizardForm.OnAddSummary(SummaryRequestHandler handler)
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.SmsWizardForm.Apply()
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.ActionsWizardPage.OnActivated()
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.WizardFramework.WizardPage.Activate()
  at Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.AdminConsole.WizardFramework.WizardForm.OnNext()
  at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
  at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
  at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
  at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
  at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
  at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
  at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
  at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

I've updated the FAQShop List of ConfigMgr KB Articles page with this.

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[ConfigMgr 2007] KB 2387913 Updated

Microsoft have just updated the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2387913/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 backups fail with Win32 Error = 145

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[ConfigMgr 2007] KB 2378924 Updated

Microsoft have just updated the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2378924/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 prerequisites checker reports WebDAV settings are incorrect

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[ConfigMgr 2007] KB 2011688 Updated

Microsoft have just updated the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2011688/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

ConfigMgr 2007: Unable to enable command prompt support in Configuration Manager 2007 OSD Boot Images

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[Opalis] Opalis 6.3 RTMs

Microsoft has announced that version 6.3 of Opalis is now available for download which includes cool new features such as new Integration Packs (for ConfigMgr, DPM, SCSM & SCVMM), an updated OpsMgr Integratraion Pack for W2K8, and support of the Opalis infrastructure running on W2K8.

You can find the links to the various Opalis downloads on the Opalis website at:

http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/opalis.aspx

You might also be interested in checking out the following blog post from the System Center Team blog where Adam Hall has posted some links to various interviews with those involved with the 6.3 release:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/11/19/opalis-6-3-release-interviews-with-the-engineering-team.aspx

 

[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 16 Nov 2010 - Weekly Summary

Outlook 2003
2458112   Description of the Office updates: November 9, 2010
2299468   Error message when Outlook 2003 clients try to open multiple shared calendars in Exchange Server 2010: "The connection to the Microsoft Exchange server in unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action"
2435682   Description of the Office Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter update: November 9, 2010
2422556   Outlook 2003 crashes when you open a long email message on a computer that has Windows Internet Explorer 8 installed
 

Outlook 2007
2449281   Outlook does not close after you install iTunes or another add-in
2434607   A memory leak may occur when you preview RTF items in Office Outlook 2007
2443839   Description of the Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter update: November 9, 2010
2454123   The "File Open," "File Save," and "Insert File" dialog boxes in Microsoft Office do not show network drives in Windows XP
 

SQL Server 2005
2023869   SQL Server fails to start with error 17182 "TDSSNIClient initialization failed with error 0xd, status code 0x38" when server is configured to use SSL
 

SQL Server 2008
2445910   Error 0x84B30002 when you perform Edition Upgrade of a SQL Server instance
2435844   FIX: A SQL Server Agent job incorrectly runs after the specified end date in SQL Server 2008
975752   FIX: "ConnConnectAndSetCryptoForXpstar failed (0)"error message occurs when you try to start the SQL Server Agent service from a Remote Desktop session in SQL Server 2008
2428916   FIX: A performance condition alert is incorrectly raised in SQL Server 2008 if a case-sensitive collation is configured
2402659   The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 was released
2404865   FIX: High CPU usage when you run a SQL Server Agent job in SQL Server 2008 if a column of a dynamic SELECT statement has a value that is many characters long
2432235   FIX: High memory consumption may occur when you rebuild a single partition of the heap table in SQL Server 2008
2459742   FIX: The columns do not replicate correctly when you use Web synchronization for a merge replication in SQL Server 2008 if a column contains a NULL value
2289254   Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2
2412203   "Bulk Insert with another outstanding result set should be run with XACT_ABORT on" error message may occur when you run a DTC or MARS transaction in SQL Server 2008
2413738   Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
2446036   FIX: MOF compilation errors occur and Setup fails for SQL Server 2008
2445812   FIX: A column that uses the DATETIME data type does not replicate to an Oracle subscriber by using a transactional replication in SQL Server 2008
2433265   FIX: You may receive an incorrect result when you run a query that uses the ROW_NUMBER function together with a left outer join in SQL Server 2008
2446860   FIX: The sys.syscommittab system table is not cleaned up after the retention period for change tracking in SQL Server 2008
 

System Center Configuration Manager 2007
2460008   Asset Intelligence custom labels do not get replicated to child sites in System Center Configuration Manager 2007
 

System Center Operations Manager 2007
2461666   You receive the error "The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden" when running MCF.exe to test the connector framework in System Center Operations Manager 2007
 

Windows Internet Explorer 7
2448851   Bing Suggestions do not work in the built-in guest user account
 

Windows Internet Explorer 8
2325737   Previously typed URLs do not appear in the address bar of Internet Explorer 8 when the Favorites folder is redirected ... in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Sever 2008
 

Windows Server 2003
2447913   Group Policy Management Scripts encounter Access Violation after the end of execution
 

Windows Server 2008
2462308   Delete a user profile in Windows Server 2008 and later
2461206   You are unable to view Roles and Features and receive error code 0x800706BE in Server Manager
2436398   The GetTempFileName function fails and you receive an access denied error in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008
2003961   Distributed File System (DFS) clients connect to out-of-site link targets if IPv6 incorrectly disabled on DFS link target
 

Windows Server 2008 R2
2379156   The policy 'Administratively assigned offline files' is not applied when there is only a Computer Configuration policy and no Offline Files settings exists under user policy in Windows 7 or Windows Vista
 

Word 2007
2434898   You receive an error message when your computer resumes from standby in Office Word 2007
2449499   Description of the Office Word 2007 hotfix package (Word-x-none.msp): October 26, 2010

[MS KBs] New ConfigMgr KB Article 2384060 - 16th November 2010

Microsoft has just released the following new ConfigMgr KB Article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2384060

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 does not install, and a "Failed to compile MOF" error is logged


SYMPTOMS 

When you try to install Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the...

When you try to install Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the installation fails, and the Manage Object Format (MOF) files are not compiled. You see an entry in the Configmgrsetup.log file that resembles the following: 

<Date_&_Time> CompileMOFFile: Failed to compile MOF D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\smsRprt.mof, error -2147217407

<Date_&_Time> Setup cannot compile MOF file D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\smsRprt.mof. Do you want to continue?

<Date_&_Time> Setup failed to install SMS Provider. For more information about this error, see Microsoft Knowledge Base at http://microsoft.com or contact Microsoft Technical Support for further assistance.Additionally, you may see an entry in the Mofcomp.log file that resembles the following: 

(Date_&_Time) : Parsing MOF file: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\smsRprt.mof

(Date_&_Time) : An error occurred while processing item 1 defined on lines 7 - 32 in file C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\smsRprt.mof:

(Date_&_Time) : Error Number: 0x80041013, Facility: WMI

Description: Provider load failure (Date_&_Time) : Compiler returned error 0x80041001(Date_&_Time) : Parsing MOF file: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\bin\i386\sms_schm.mof


I've updated the FAQShop List of ConfigMgr KB Articles page with this.

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[TrainCert] Second Shot is back - Until 30th June 2011

If you're planning on taking any Microsoft Certification Exam but not overly sure if you'll pass (I'm sure you will), then at the time you book your exam you have the option of paying the regular exam price +15%. By paying the extra you'll be able to have another try at the exam if you fail it first time round (so it's not free like it was before but still a good deal).

For more details see:

http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/Tech_Portfolio.htm?s=MSTPORT1

[MS KBs] New ConfigMgr KB Article 246008 - 11th November 2010

Microsoft has just released the following new KB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2460008

Asset Intelligence custom labels do not get replicated to child sites in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Symptoms 

Newly created custom labels are present in the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 central site however they do not show up on child sites. You do not see any replication related issues in any of the logs and the AIKBMGR.LOG does not show that an attempt is being made to replicate these objects. You may also see a message similar to the following in the AIKBMGR.LOG:

0 changes in range [0x00000000043744F8-0x000000000265AC79]

Note that the left HEX value in the range above is greater than the HEX value on the right. Also, whenever you make a change and a new message is generated, the right HEX value changes but is still smaller than the left HEX value.


I've updated the FAQShop List of ConfigMgr KB Articles page with this.


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[MS KBs] New KB Articles At Microsoft 9 Nov 2010 - Weekly Summary

Forefront Client Security
2459065   Real-time protection failures on Windows 2000 after applying Forefront Client Security October 2010 update
 

Internet Explorer 6.0
2458511   Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution
 

Outlook 2003
2458807   Outlook 2003: Adobe Convert to PDF or other add-in stops working after installing MS10-064
2445403   Description of the Outlook 2003 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): October 18, 2010
 

SQL Server 2005
2303003   List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 CTP
2454053   Use of system filter drivers can lead to SQL Server Database Engine performance degradation and consistency problems
2443518   Limited support options might be available for certain versions of SQL Server
969052   How to restore the missing Windows Installer cache files and resolve problems encountered during SQL Server update
2023869   SQL Server fails to start with error 17182 "TDSSNIClient initialization failed with error 0xd, status code 0x38" when server is configured to use SSL
 

SQL Server 2008
2443457   You may experience connectivity issues to SQL Server if SPNs are misconfigured
2452789   Introduction to the Microsoft StreamInsight 1.1 release
2443455   You may experience connectivity issues if SQL Server service account delegation settings are misconfigured
2448971   FIX:The locks of a table are not escalated when you insert many rows into a table in SQL Server 2008
 

System Center Operations Manager 2007
2452632   The ManagementServerConfigTool fails to correctly promote a Management Server to an RMS in System Center Operations Manager 2007
 

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
2453149   List of all cumulative update releases for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
 

Windows Server 2003
2458544   The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
2400550   Timing and scheduling issues after a daylight saving time update or time zone update
 

Windows Server 2008
2461645   Mounted folders disappear in shared folders after navigating to them in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
2300745   A memory leak occurs in Svchost.exe when you apply or update Group Policy preference settings in Windows Server 2008
2444213   "Win32" error message when you access shared files or printers in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Vista
2264957   A network adapter that has a Japanese device description is not displayed in the route table on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
2407058   The print job fails when you try to print to a non-Windows-based IPP server on a client computer that is running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
2462308   Delete a user profile in Windows Server 2008 and later
2461206   You are unable to view Roles and Features and receive error code 0x800706BE in Server Manager
 

Windows Server 2008 R2
976902   Description of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update
2411053   A compliant NAP client is denied full network access by an NAP health policy server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2
2379156   The policy 'Administratively assigned offline files' is not applied when there is only a Computer Configuration policy and no Offline Files settings exists under user policy in Windows 7 or Windows Vista
 

Windows Vista Enterprise
2459849   User State Migration Tool (USMT) scanstate deletes two "Sent to" right-click mouse options in Windows Vista and later
2394521   Can't empty the Recycle Bin in Windows XP or in Windows Vista
2425663   An image and its background become yellow in Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista
2452314   Computer is slow when Windows Photo Gallery displays TIFF images that do not fit into one page in Windows Vista
2415238   Color issues in the print preview of an image in Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista
2415237   Can't preview pictures in Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista
2396571   Icons change incorrectly in Windows
2425658   Windows Live Photo Gallery freezes
2453300   Can't see pictures in a slide show in Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista
2425682   Image transition issues in Windows Photo Gallery in Windows XP or in Windows Vista
2462054   Can't start Windows Live Photo Gallery
2394740   Can't select multiple items after upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista

[ConfigMgr 2012] v.Next will be called ConfigMgr 2012

I'd previously gambled that the next version of ConfigMgr (codenmae "v.Next" at the moment) would in fact become ConfigMgr 2011 based on a guess I had. Well seems that the rumours I'd heard that this wasn't going to be the case have been proved true as I've now heard on two occasions that Microsoft have publicly stated that ConfigMgr v.Next will in fact be called "ConfigMgr 2012".

So not only does London get to host the Olympics that year we'll also be treated to a new version of ConfigMgr.

Here's to many more ConfigMgr 2012 posts.

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[Announcement] Change to my Blogging Strategy/ Location

Just to let you all know that from now on I shall only be updating this blog with WMUG-related content. All other content (including announcements of new FAQShop-related articles), will now be made on my myITforum blog which you can access at:

http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/chobbs/default.aspx

As an FYI my WMUG blog is mirrored over to my myITforum blog anyway.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

[ConfigMgr 2007] Is there a log file somewhere I can use to monitor the installation of R3?

Yes. When you start the installation of R3 it writes all activity to the "ConfigMgr2007R3.log" file which is stored in the %temp% directory. [Go to article]



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