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March 2007 - Posts

Unable to install Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista

I've got a brand-spanking new, clean install of Vista on my laptop, and I'm trying to install Visual Studio 2005 on it. Unfortunately, I'm not getting very far. The installer always displays the following dialog, complaining that I don't have XP SP 2 installed:

The only related info I've found from Microsoft is on the VS2005 on Vista issue list, which states that "Visual Studio products fail to install in XP compatibility mode". However, I'm not selecting any compatibility mode when running the install. I've run the install as administrator, but no difference. I've tried disabling UAC, but no difference. Does anyone know how to get around this problem?

UPDATE - Although Scott Guthrie and crew graciously offered to help track down the problem, I haven't heard back from them after our initial exchange. However, based on other recommendations that I found online, I copied the DVD contents to my hard drive and successfully ran the install from there. My guess is that when the installer is run from the DVD it ends up running in XP compatibility mode - but I have no idea why.

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:50 PM by kevindente | 60 comment(s)

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Renaming the blog - finally

I've been meaning to rename this blog for ages. The whole PuppiesAndIceCream thing was originally just a dumb joke from when I renamed the blog the first time, and I never meant for it to stick. But being the unimaginative person that I am, I never came up with another name, and so it has stayed.

Then I today I read Clemens post about Blogger Types, and his description of "The Blip In The Noise" so precisely matched this blog that I simply had to steal adopt it. Hope you don't mind, Clemens - let me know if you do.

So, the puppies are gone and the ice cream is all eaten.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.



Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:53 PM by kevindente | 6 comment(s)

Running Assembly Reflector Add-in Updated for Reflector 5.0

For details and the download link, go here.


Posted Monday, March 19, 2007 9:34 PM by kevindente | 12 comment(s)

VMWare on Vista Lameness

Am I the only one majorly annoyed by VMWare's support policy (or lack there-of) for VMWare on a Vista host? Apparently EMC's stance is that in order to run VMWare on a Vista host, we need to wait for VMWare 6.0. This presents several problems:

  • VMWare 6.0 is only in it's first beta. VMWare major release cycles are not typically short. They're usually a least a couple betas and one or two release candidates. That means we'll be waiting a while.
  • VMWare betas contain instrumentation that slow down their performance.
  • New VMWare versions come with updated VMWare Tools that aren't generally backward compatible with older versions. That makes interoperability with users of pre-6.x versions problematic.
  • Major VMWare upgrades usually cost.
  • VMWare 6.0 beta is...well...beta.

I've been a big fan of VMWare for a long time. It's a much more capable virtualization product than Virtual PC. I'd much rather use VMWare, even if it costs money and VPC is free. But they're not giving me a lot of outs here.

What's frustrating about the situation is that VMWare 5.5.3 almost works on a Vista host. The first time I start a VM after booting the host, my machine essentially locks up for 3-5 minutes while VMWare sucks up every resource the system has. But eventually it comes back to life and the VM works fine. And any VMs started after that work fine too - until I reboot my machine. Weird...but it seems like a problem that should be addressable in a 5.5.4 release (not that I know diddly about writing a virtualization product ;). I'm not asking for Vista guests, glass in a VM, or even UAC compatibility. Just the basics - don't lock up my machine when I run a VM.

I look forward to the super-cool features of VMWare 6.0 - I just can't be without a reliable virtualization product until then.

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:21 PM by kevindente | 33 comment(s)

Beware the Outlook Vista Sidebar Gadgets

Ever since upgrading to Vista and Office 2007, I've had a really annoying problem with Outlook 2007. After running for a couple days, the UI would lose the ability to repaint itself correctly.  It would glitch out and start drawing large blank regions or garbage. It smacked of a resource leak, but caused by what? I tried everything I could think of - upgrading the video drivers, disabling add-ins...nothing fixed the problem.

Finally one day I clued into something - I've been running the Outlook Appointments Sidebar Gadget for almost as long as I've been running Outlook 2007, but hadn't thought to try disabling it. Once I did, bingo, no more problems. My sources at Microsoft (actually, my sources sources) confirmed that this is actually a bug in Vista that's being triggered by the gadget. Apparently the gadget's author is working to mitigate the problem.

BTW, while trying to track down the problem I was monitoring Outlook's handle usage. Am I the only one who thinks Outlook using 2600 handles at startup (and >3200 after running for a while) seems a little excessive?

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:12 PM by kevindente | 7 comment(s)

The case of the missing Business Intelligence Studio

One of my co-workers was struggling with a strange problem recently - he installed SQL Server 2005 (with Analysis Services 2005), but the Business Intelligence Studio application didn't install. If you haven't seen it, BI Studio is really just a special version of the Visual Studio 2005 IDE, with Analysis Services-specific projects and editors. What he saw was that even though the SQL Server installer claimed to have installed it, and even created a shortcut for it, the actual devenv.exe executable wasn't installed (the shortcut pointed to an invalid path). I'd installed SQL Server many a time, and never seen this problem. A search of the MSDN forums turned up this helpful topic, with the following advice from 'softie Dan Jones:

go to the location for SQL Server setup and run .\Tools\Setup\vs_setup.exe. This will install the VS Shell. After this is installed repair the BI Studio installation by running the following from the command line from the .\Tools directory: start /wait setup.exe /qb REINSTALL=SQL_WarehouseDevWorkbench REINSTALLMODE=OMUS

 My co-worker tried it, and bingo, problem solved. I've still seen no satisfactory explanation for what causes the problem in the first place. We had no other versions of Visual Studio installed, which some other people have claimed triggered the problem. Very curious.

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 7:38 PM by kevindente | 24 comment(s)

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