VMWare freezing

Posted by mkeadle

VMWare Server 1.0.something… Windows XP Pro guest on a Windows XP Pro host.

Every once in a while my XP VM freezes, and it seems to have something to do with capturing mouse input. If I leave it alone it comes back after about 5 minutes, but as soon as I click into it again it locks back up. Sometimes I can restart VMWare and smooth things out.


Deploying the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

Posted by mkeadle

Having problems with users creating documents with their shiny new Vista + Office 2007 home computer, only to bring their documents to work and not be able to open them in Office 2003? We are. Each of our staff, faculty, and 200+ lab computers have Office 2003 installed and we’re not really ready to roll out Office 2007 for several reasons. The fitting option for the moment seems to be the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for 2007.

Go there and suck it down and you end up with a single file called FileFormatConverters.exe. It’s a piece of cake to install on a single machine, and you could always /q it for a quit install, but it doesn’t play well with Active Directory outside of ZAPs, and those are an extreme last resort in my book. What you may not realise is that there’s an .msi deployable application inside that .exe you downloaded.

Pick a machine to install on (physical, VM, who cares…) and double-click. Accept the license agreement, wait for it to extract, and then click OK when it states it’s finished. Now open Explorer and travel over to C:\Program Files\MSECache\O2007Cnv\1033. And what do you know, there’s O12Conv.msi and all it’s friends. Copy that whole directory somewhere central and create a GPO to deploy like usual.

Now it’s not perfect. The pack only has translators for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, but that should solve 99% of the problems. And it doesn’t load all of the new 2007 formatting. But those are issues you can happily blame on things-not-your-fault.

Virtual PC 2007 released

Posted by mkeadle

I admit I’m a bigger fan of VMware, but it’s still interesting news that Virtual PC 2007 was released. We’ve had various problems with Virtual PC 2004 in the past, from network issues in the guest OS to repeated, multiple, failed SP1 installs.

The download link doesn’t seem to be working at the moment for whatever reason. Maybe you’ll be luckier.

Also, what’s up with calling the file download setup.exe? If it’s part of a larger collection I could understand, but a single file installer called setup.exe?

Sophos and Asa Chang

Posted by mkeadle

Doing some slightly mundane Sophos setup today and listening to some Asa Change & Junray.


Multi-touch displays

Posted by mkeadle

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