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SSRS Report Builder gives “Failed to preview report.” – “Specified method is not supported.”

This one had me stumped for a little while. It appears to be as a result of using a report that uses a Report Model that in turn is using a data source that uses the Native SQL Server driver which is presented just as “Microsoft SQL Server on the data source”:

This should be changed to OLE DB and an appropriate Provider= entry made:

This was with Report Builder 3.0 / SQL Server 2008 R2 but I would imagine it affects previous versions aswell.

Can’t burn CD/DVD under Windows Server 2008 R2

I use run Windows Server 2008 R2 and today thought I had a hardware issue as all of my CD burning software was saying “Connect a burner and restart the player” (Windows Media Player) or “No recorders available” (Infrarecorder).

After some hunting about I found the following post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/02/19/windows-server-2008-r2-no-recording-tab-for-cd-dvd-burner.aspx

By default accounts other than localsystem\administrator (regardless of the groups it belongs to) on server SKUS are considered to be “remote desktop” and so have the same security restrictions that come with remote desktop sessions.

In order to burn CD/DVD’S you can do one of the following:

  • Login as localsystem\administrator

  • Run a 3rd party burning utility elevated

Note: You must have the Desktop Experience pack installed to get the built in Windows ISO burning applet.

Scott McArthur
Senior Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support”

I first tried the second solution but I assume that since Infrarecorder is fully Windows 7 aware there is no “Run As Administrator” option, yes, I could do RunAs from the command line but as I’m recording off of the network this still isn’t elegant.

So I gave in and logged on as local administrator and it all worked again. I’m not going to bitch too much as really I know most people won’t be burning DVDs on a server OS and I’m pretty unusual in using it as my desktop OS. Hopefully

Greasemonkey Script to help filter Salesforce.com Setup screen

I have real pains with the Setup screen within Salesforce.com, I think it’s simply evolved to where it is today and as a result it is far from intuitive. For example ‘Packages’ live under the ‘Create’ menu but ‘Apex Classes’ are under ‘Develop’ – I don’t think I’ll ever get it!

However I’ve just stumbled across this excellent “Setup Enhancer for Salesforce” which is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox. For those who don’t know Greasemonkey is an addon for Firefox which is installed quickly and simply using the Addons menu within Firefox.

Once that’s installed visit http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/60438 and click the Install button, you should see a warning and then that’s it. Now logon to Salesforce.com and go to setup and you should see a filter box in the top-left corner:

Now, as you type in to the box you should see the left-hand menu filter down:

Kudos to ‘setupscripter‘ for something which is going to make my life a little easier.

IndustryComplete is Salesforce.com AppExchange App of the Week

Our latest product for Salesforce.com, IndustryComplete has been named App of the Week, read more about it here, and here.

IndustryComplete provides a user interface to quickly look up Industry Codes (SIC / NAICS / ISIC ) and for an administrator to map each code to a small list of Industries / vertical markets. This allows consistent classification of accounts within Salesforce.com leading to better segmentation.

If you require any custom development of IndustryComplete or CountryComplete don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to disable the Pointing Stick / TouchPad on a Dell Latitude D620 (and probably D630, D820, D830)

I recently took advantage of my MSDN subscription and installed Windows 7 RTM on my trusty old Latitude D620 (and for anyone who follows this am still dual booting Server 2008). This installed fine with everything detected and working with the only exception being the touchpad.

To start this by default uses the standard PS/2 mouse driver which is horribly slow to move across the screen. After much searching about I found an Alps driver however although this made the mouse quicker it left the pointing stick enabled. This then drove me crazy as if I slightly touch it by accident when typing quickly the pointer would move across the screen.

Eventually I found a driver from HP that seems to work fine and add the UI to the control panel to disable the pad etc. Check it out at:

ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp40501-41000/sp40715.exe

 

Print Selection in Outlook 2007

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Why doesn’t Outlook 2007 have a ‘print selection’ option? It’s meant to be using the Word rendering engine and Word has a print selection option.

So many people have footers saying ‘consider the environment before printing this email’. Well I think Microsoft could help a lot on this by allowing people to easily print just what they want to, when they need to without having to copy + paste.

Oh, and I shouldn’t need to ‘upgrade’ to a new version to accomplish this, I’m sure it was present in Outlook 2003!

</rant>

Windows Server 2008 R2 (RC) – where’s desktop search for Outlook 2007?

I’m still in the process of building my trusty Latitude D620 with Windows Server 2008 R2 (Release Candidate) as a replacement for my install of Server 2008 which has served me well for the past 18months or so. I’m looking forward to running Hyper-V without sacrificing my power management features. However I’ve come across a few niggles in configuring it for “Workstation” use, the first I’m going to discuss is the process for enabling the instant search within Outlook 2007, see the error below:

If you visit the Windows Desktop Search page you will quickly discover that there is no Windows Server 2008 R2 download, if you try a standard Server 2008 download it won’t install. In fact Windows Search is built-in to R2 but is hidden under the “File Services” role of course.

Once the Windows Search Service is installed restart Outlook and it should be fully functional.