Friday, April 23, 2010

First win for Office 2010 (and first fail for office x64)

For some reason I cannot fathom, Word 2007 never jumped to the headers when I clicked them in my book documents. That means that when I opened the document map, and saw the headers I wrote, I could not click on them to navigate to them - which is a very useful function, and for some reason Word 2007 refused to do it for all documents for my book.

Word 2010 just installed, and solved this issue! now I can write more comfortably - thanks Microsoft!

Now for the fail...I installed Office x64 - in hope that it would work better on my Windows 2008r2 machine, utilizing whatever it needed from its 12GB RAM (ok, honestly - I don't actually need 64bit office. this version is meant for excel dark wizards who need more power when working on worksheets bigger than 2GB). However, I almost immediately regretted that choice, as now I cannot use the datasheet view in SharePoint (both 2007 and 2010). This technet article explains that this is because the 64bit version does not support the 32bit activeX that is used by the datasheet view:

"The Edit in Datasheet view functionality is not supported if you install 64-bit Office 2010. However, the functionality is available if you install 32-bit Office 2010. "

But...I am still curious to see how I go with 64bit office. so I will keep it on my 2008r2 server, and install the 32bit version on my windows 7 hyper-v machine (and take my screenshots of the datasheet view from there).

update (30 minutes later): it also appears that you cannot install SharePoint designer (since it is 32bit) on the same machine. lucky my win7 virtual machine is so snappy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Error downloading prerequisites for SharePoint 2010

When installing SharePoint 2010 (which I am doing now), if you get an error when installing the prerequisites that it couldnt download the components, make sure your firewall is configured to allow it to download.

I don't know which firewall rule specifically blocks the installer, so I just turned the firewall off, let it finish downloading and installing all prerequisites, and then turned the firewall back on. Done!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

SharePoint 2010 How To book is ready!

If you were worried that you'r pre-ordered book will not arrive on time, you can now relax. I have just sent the first complete draft to the publisher, and seeing how Microsoft is due to release the RTM version of SharePoint 2010 this week or the next, I only have to wait for that to be able to add the images, check what changed and what was fixed, and send my publisher the final draft.
Then it may take a few weeks to go over the entire editing process, but I hope this time it will be faster, and then the book is ready to be bought by you!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Book update and MVP status

8 Chapters down...only 6 to go. I intend to finish the book this weekend - wish me luck!. I am finding out a lot of small things that got changed (improved) in 2010 for the end user, and it is slowing me down - but every such thing only boosts my fondness for this version. If I get some time I will blog about those nice little things.
Also - In case you wondered, My MVP award was renewed again this April. Thank you Microsoft for thanking me!