Skip buttons weren’t working after installing Win7 RC

After installing Win7 RC on my production Media Center box (ie the box I literally can’t watch TV without) I noticed an annoying problem. The skip forward & back buttons didn’t work! At first I feared the issue was an intended “by design” change.  After all, I’m sure the commercial TV networks don’t like us skipping over…

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Building a Win7/2008 R2 box that boots off .vhd’s

A cool new feature in Windows7 & Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a .vhd file! Having your OS isolated to a .vhd file has a number of advantages including but not limited to:- easier to backup, – multi-boot scenarios that are more isolated from each other,- ability to trial new builds on your…

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SQL updates failing on WSS Developer VM

I noticed SQL updates (KB960089 but also SQL SP3) were failing to apply on the WSS Developer VM. After many hours of frustration, I located this great blog post that helped me to overcome the issue:  http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlserverfaq/archive/2009/01/30/part-1-sql-server-2005-patch-fails-to-install-with-an-error-unable-to-install-windows-installer-msp-file.aspx In my case, the missing .msi’s were from SQL Developer edition.  The missing .msp’s were from SQL SP2…

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Unexpected prompts for integrated authentication on WSS Developer VM

After installing all outstanding updates on the WSS Developer VM I started getting unexpected prompts for authentication. First I tried disabling the loopback check as per KB896861.  Unfortunately, no luck. Seems the issue had to do with IE detecting the wrong zone.  It was detecting the Internet zone whilst I’m clearly in the Intranet zone…

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