Prevent online content in Visio

Written by Ingmar Verheij on March 11th, 2010. Posted in Office

When the first document in Visio 2003 is opened / created using templates from Microsoft Office Online (which is default), the user gets a question about updating links from an online source.

If you wish to prevent this message you can set the following registry keys:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Ingmar Verheij

RE: Installing Windows Features with Windows PowerShell

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 17th, 2010. Posted in Deployment, PowerShell

Recently my colleague Robin Plomp wrote an article about installing features in Window Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) with Windows PowerShell scripts:

“I ‘m a big fan of the new version of the Windows server platform. I’ve recently deployed 6 Windows 2008 (64) R2 servers. On one of the servers I am going to install Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2. One of the prerequisites is .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This can be installed in the ServerManager under Features. This means you have to scroll down a long list of Windows Features. There has to be an easier way.
Enter the world of Windows PowerShell!”

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Although PowerShell is a great tool for installing features, or performing other tasks, it isn’t necessary for automated installation of features.
Enter the world op “Deployment Image Servicing and Management(DISM)” or dism.exe (located in the system folder)!!!

Windows Installer proxy information not correctly registered

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 11th, 2010. Posted in Deployment

I’m creating a new deployment for a 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Server using Altiris. Most of the jobs that are executed are installation jobs using the Windows Installer.
Altough the first installation (after a reboot) goes well, the next installation always fails because the installer is unable to connect to the Windows Install object.
In the event log are several events which occur within 2 seconds of each other:
Source : User Profile Service
Event ID : 1530
Level : Warning
General : Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.

Microsoft product life cycles / Windows 8 & Server 2012

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 2nd, 2010. Posted in No category

A former Microsoft developer, Chris Green, “accidently” published a PDF which shows the product life cycles of the Microsoft products. Altough its a draft document from a unverified source, it’s still interesting to get some insights in the product life cycles of the product range.
Two of the most interesting items in the list are the products “Windows 8” and “Windows Server 2012” which are scheduled for july 2011 and july 2012. Besides the Windows platform there are more interesting product releases scheduled, like Office 2012 (july 2012), SQL 2011 (july 2011), Sharepoint 2013 (july 2013), Exchange 2013 (july 2013), etc. etc.

Microsoft Roadmap DRAFT

Please keep in mind that the source is unverified and there are questionmarks in the document. You can you use the document as a first reference in your roadmap planning, not as a reliable source 😉

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Ingmar Verheij