Archive for November, 2009

Installing MSA2000 MPIO drivers under Hyper-V R2 Standalone

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

This caused me a few headaches the other night.


Start off by enabling MPIO support from the command line – “start /w ocsetup MultipathIo” does the trick;


Next run up the MPIO control panel applet – simply “MPIOCPL” from command prompt


On the subsequent window, browse to “DSM Install” and type the path to your hp MPIO driver file. Then click install. It will prompt you to reboot, do so.


Run a disk scan and you will see MPIO isn’t working yet. *sigh* back into MPIOCPL, and go to “Discover Multi-Paths” – you will see a new device here now (that wasn’t there before);

imageClick the Device Hardware Id and click “Add”. Again, reboot when prompted and run a re-scan when the server is back up – and voila you should have MPIO presented LUN’s!!!


Issues connecting Outlook 2003 to Exchange 2010 RTM? Get Encrypted then!

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Based around the new CAS access methods, and encryption. Easy enough fix, not a bug more of a “Don’t use Outlook 2003 with Exchange 2010 if you can help it”-ism.

Office 2010 Public Beta – Still annoyingly painful.

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

When installing Beta2 I had issues with getting the 64-bit version of Office installed.


Long story short, it didn’t like me having any 32-bit versions of Office already installed. This seemed logical, so I removed and did a fresh install (installing Visio and SharePoint Designer 2007 (32-bit) afterwards).


However, when I come to upgrade to the Public Beta – I get the same warning message.




Given that I am not “upgrading” SharePoint Designer, or Visio, why am I not allowed to install 64-bit Office 2010?


Grr. Annoying.

Categories: Office 2010

VMware Workstation 7 and Server 2008 R2 Guests

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

I think I found my first bug.


Doing a Easy Install on Server 2008 R2 – first it complains that the key is wrong (though that could just be a copy/paste issue lol) then;



But the Easy Install has finished!! Powered the VM off and back on again, still the same.


Oh well, no VMware tools!

Office Outlook 2010 Reading Pane mode

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment


It’s hidden away down at the bottom




But I like it.



It’s like a smaller, more compact Outlook. Everything is there (Clicking the Home / Send/Recieve / Folder / View buttons makes the Ribbon hover up until you click focus elsewhere), yet it feels cleaner and sharper than before.

Categories: Office 2010

Office 2010 and Laptop Sleep Issues

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment


Now this may just be me, or it may be a beta2-ism.


But my Windows 7 laptop with Office 2010 beta installed will not stay asleep. No matter what I do (closing the obvious applications and even installing the “Microsoft Send a Smile” application) it wakes up, drains my battery, and makes Windows 7 complain about being dirtily shut down.


It could just be Windows 7, it could just be my laptop. It could be the copy of Office 2010 I have (can’t wait for the public beta!), but its darn annoying.


Hibernation seems to work fine though 🙂

Categories: Office 2010, Windows 7

VMware Workstation 7…..

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

So I downloaded it and tried it out.


I like it – a lot. And it’s the subtle differences that I like.


For instance – the added support for Windows 7 Taskbar



I have my taskbar vertical (as you can see) – and I like the way I get “Hover Previews” (what is their official name anyway?) of all my favourite Virtual Machines – even the suspended ones!

VMware tools under Linux seems (it may not be, but it “seems”) easier to install – less of the headaches and more “pre-compiled” modules for my Linux operating systems 🙂


Not found any real bugs yet (the first I thought I had turned out to be a corrupt ISO download – *sigh*), but will post anything up I can find as I get to using it 🙂

Now if only I had a Mac to try out VMware Fusion 3 – but I flattened my “Hack Mac” for Windows 7 😦