Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My New SharePoint Server

I started working on a SharePoint 2010 project this week, and I needed something to run it on. My MacBook Pro would cut it if I ran it native and not via Parallels, but I would then have to deal with dual booting, etc. More importantly, my MBP is in the shop cause I fried the keyboard when I spilled beer on it. :) Back on the trusty T43p until the MBP is fixed.

So I needed some way to run SharePoint 2010, and I didn't feel like buying another laptop. My solution: Mac Mini. Purists out there may be groaning, but hey, it's a fantastic little 64 bit machine with plenty of hardware resources to run SharePoint 2010. It is totally portable, and I can either use a screen at work to plug directly into it, or RDP from my laptop. For €750 it was the best solution I could come up with. Now if I could just get a speaking gig at a MS conference so I can pull this out in front of MS Developers.....

Microsoft Exam Done

A few weeks ago I decided it would be good for my business if I had some Microsoft Exams under my belt. I wrote the 70-536 exam today and got a nice high passing score. It's not a hard exam, but you do have to study quite a bit. There are questions from all parts of the .NET framework so you can come in contact with many new things. Two more for MCPD.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Office 2007 Crashes on Server 2008 R2

A few days ago after one or another update of my Server 2008 R2 machine, all my MS Office 2007 apps would crash immediately when started, and the only thing in the event log was something like:

Faulting application EXCEL.EXE, version 12.0.6524.5003, time stamp 0x4b4fba46, faulting module unknown, version 0.0.0.0, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00000000, process id 0xa10, application start time 0x01cad7f1dc0ebffb.

It took me a while to hunt down the fix so I'll post this for googlers with similar issues: http://blogs.technet.com/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2010/03/11/issues-with-office-after-installing-kb977724.aspx