3.12.09

Outlook 2010 + Dynamics CRM 4.0 Client

If you’re running Outlook 2007 with Dynamics CRM 4.0 Outlook Client, you’re probably wondering if the CRM client will continue to work…
Short answer is: YES!!! Open-mouthed

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The trouble is installation process: works only on 32-bit Office, cannot be installed on Outlook 2010 (installer will complain that supported Outlook is not installed) – you have to upgrade Outlook 2007 with already installed CRM client.
After upgrade you’ll have to reenable CRM add-in by visiting “Add-ins” in “Outlook Options”: Office Button > Options.

UPDATE 12/3/2009:image
Outlook 2010 Beta and CRM Client Update Rollup 7 work and play like a charm! Just install from a link on a CRM page. No more upgrades from Office 2007 needed, but 32-bit Outlook is still a requirement.
 
Annoyances like pop-up warnings with IE8 are still “in-the-box!”… SadBut terrible startup when CRM server not available is SOLVED!!!! In mere seconds Outlook will report that CRM server is not available and continue loading without blocking… WOHOO!

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29.9.09

Office Sharepoint Server 2007 troubles with Event 10016; and a solution

There seems to be a recurring issue with MOSS deployments where DCOM security is not properly configured. You’ve maybe seen this one:

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
{61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1}
and APPID
{61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1}
to the user <domain>\<user> SID (S-1-5…) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

You’ll find a workaround here: http://www.itexperience.net/2008/03/29/event-10016-the-application-specific-permission-settings-do-not-grant-local-launch-permission-for-the-com-server-application/, but if you’re running Windows Server 2008 R2 then you’ll also need this one: http://www.wictorwilen.se/Post/Fix-the-SharePoint-DCOM-10016-error-on-Windows-Server-2008-R2.aspx.





25.9.09

Apsurdni prijevodi (lang=hr-HR)

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:-)




17.9.09

Outlook Web App (aka OWA 2010) in IE8, FF3.5, Chrome3

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Finally a full fidelity interface in a browser of your choice… Did you notice in picture that IE8 is the only one that is not loading favicon? :)




Brand new logon page look for a fresh Exchange deployment

ISA and TMG both support customizing default logon page for OWA publishing and can be found here: Customizing HTML Forms in ISA Server 2006. Although procedure is equal for TMG, folders are a bit different… For ISA 2006 folders with web files are located in <ISA Server Installation Directory>\CookieAuthTemplates\ but for TMG (Beta) they are at <ISA Server Installation Directory>\Templates\CookieAuthTemplates.

Starting from today our OWA logon page sports a brand new and modern look:

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17.7.09

Outlook 2010 + Dynamics CRM 4.0 Client

If you’re running Outlook 2007 with Dynamics CRM 4.0 Outlook Client, you’re probably wondering if the CRM client will continue to work…
Short answer is: YES!!! Open-mouthed

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The trouble is installation process: works only on 32-bit Office, cannot be installed on Outlook 2010 (installer will complain that supported Outlook is not installed) – you have to upgrade Outlook 2007 with already installed CRM client.
After upgrade you’ll have to reenable CRM add-in by visiting “Add-ins” in “Outlook Options”: Office Button > Options.
Annoyances like pop-up warnings with IE8 are still “in-the-box!”… SadBut terrible startup when CRM server not available is SOLVED!!!! In mere seconds Outlook will report that CRM server is not available and continue loading without blocking… WOHOO!

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5.6.09

Visual Studio 2010 beta – Editor tooltip readability

If you find text readability in Visual Studio 2010 beta unbearable and can wait till Beta 2 for new text rendering stack that promises perfect text sharpness (better than GDI), kinda workaround is to increase font sizes…

BEFORE:
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Fonts can be changed in Tools > Options, Environment > Fonts and Colors.
For code editors change “Text Editor” and for code tooltips “Editor Tooltip” settings.

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AFTER:
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21.5.09

.NET 4.0 “Parallel.For” too slow? Then read this…

If you find yourself experimenting with Parallel Extensions in .NET Framework 4 and find out (like myself) that Parallel.For(…) actually results in seriously degraded performance (compared to linear iteration) then try looking for explanation here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/parallelextensions/th...

Solution is in Partitioner<T> class, but more about my findings read here in the near future…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 – Customizing start page

In my previous post I’ve mentioned that I like the start page customization in new VS10.

Although there are posts on the web that describe how to do it, none of them mention that start page customization in Beta 1 has to be ENABLED… Surprised

To enable this feature: VS10 Options > Environment > Startup > check Allow Custom Start Page
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And after that, if you’re into uglyfing like in the picture just follow some of the post’s instructions.
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19.5.09

Visual Studio 2010/.NET Framework 4 - First couple of hours in pictures – What I like

Overall new WPF look
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New fully XAML customizable Start page
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New project dialog (now searchable and sortable Smile)
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Enhanced WPF designer with property editors
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Code zoom (CRTL-scroll) – every trainer/tech presenter will love this one
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Parallel LINQ extensions


int[] array = {
1, 5, 2, 10, 7,
81, 123, 6435, 123, 12,
234, 22, 665, 889, 11, 23,
94, 45, 26, 9001, 23
};

var query2 = from x in array.AsParallel()
where x % 2 == 1
orderby x descending
select
(long)Math.Pow(x, 3);

CRTL-ALT-SPACE Intellisense (consume first mode - hinting to IDE that we haven’t implemented that yet)
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Consume-first Intellisense (guesses what should be in place)
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And a few without pictures:


  • XAML Intellisense

  • Historical debugger

  • Coded UI test automation



And probably many more I didn’t stumble on… This will be an interesting spring/summer season.

Nerd

Visual Studio 2010 inside Windows Virtual PC

Aero inside virtual machine… Really sweet Hot

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5.5.09

Windows Virtual PC 1st look

Before I throw myself into Windows Virtual PC (Virtual PC 2007 SP1 successor) one thing is quite notable if you’re using VMWare products… The two (Workstation 6.5 & VPC 2007) never played well at the same time, but at least they didn’t crash each other.

Well the times are changing so Workstation 6.5 (or Player 6.5) will simply crash when you start WinVPC Beta.

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It’s understandable that two different virtualization engines cannot use CPU’s virtualization capabilities at the same time, but let’s hope that final version of WinVPC and v.next of VMWare will have more understanding one for the other.
Nerd

4.2.09

Windows 7 SKUs

Microsoft will offer 6 different SKUs for it’s upcoming Windows 7 operating system.

Here’s full list ordered based on number of features:

Windows 7 Starter Edition
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Ultimate

The novelty is that every edition will have every feature it’s cheaper brother/sister has so there won’t be a paradox situations where more expensive SKU (Business vs. Home Premium) doesn’t have features cheaper one has (i.e. Media Center).

Starter Edition will only be available to OEMs, Home Basic in emerging markets and Enterprise through Software Assurance.

Pricing is unknown at this moment.

Full details here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/feb09/02-03Win7SKU-QA.mspx

23.1.09

Accessibility in Win7 (Magnifier)

If you’re using Windows 7, and you have Aero UI (WDDM drivers) enabled try the new Magnifier using this key combination: Win + “+”.

I’ll leave you to find all the great features of this tool (in the meantime try this one CTRL+ALT+SPACE):

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How do you like new resizable On Screen Keyboard? smile_nerd

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Windows 7 – Problem Reports and Solutions (Microsoft Confidential)

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“can not be distributed outside of Microsoft” --  Bug in bug tracking system… smile_regular

13.1.09

Windows 7 secrets

A quite comprehensive list of Windows 7 secrets…

http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2009/01/12/the-bumper-list-of-windows-7-secrets.aspx 

Items 1, 3, 18 and 20 made me smile and 28 solved one of my biggest complaints…

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