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All Toolbars Missing from InfoPath 2007

Posted by Russell Wright on March 31, 2010

An advanced InfoPath client of mine was working in InfoPath 2007 the other day and suddenly, all his toolbars disappeared.  Even the toolbar with the File menu on it was gone.  The only thing that showed up in design mode was the task pane on the right.

After talking with him, he told me he had repaired and uninstalled/reinstalled InfoPath but the problem remained.  After searching around the registry and thinking that I might have found something at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Toolbars\Settings\Microsoft Office InfoPath, through trial and error we found that that key didn’t have any effect on the missing toolbar problem. 

I had him log on as another user and start up InfoPath and the toolbars were there, so it certainly appeared to be a user settings issue.  I found this article about Excel 2000 and decided to poke around and see if InfoPath had the same type of toolbar settings.  Sure enough, in C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data\Microsoft\InfoPath there is an infopath.tbs file.  After renaming this file and restarting InfoPath the toolbars reappeared.

Don’t know what happened to corrupt this file, but now we know how to fix it.

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Can’t Connect to Virtual Machine in Hyper-V Manager

Posted by Russell Wright on March 29, 2010

My cohorts and I spend significant time in Hyper-V and are really impressed with the performance improvements.  As we were resuming the installation of a SharePoint 2010 environment we ran in to a strange problem.  From Hyper-V manager we routinely connect to VMs, except today we could connect to some and not to others.  Weird.  On most we simply double-click or right-click and select Connect and we’re quickly on our way.  Performing these actions today, however, resulted in absolutely nothing happening on several machines.

After searching for answers, I happened to think about the potential of some left-over terminal services connections causing the problem.  Sure enough, I logged on to one of our other servers and found an administrative terminal services session open to the server exhibiting the problem.  After logging out of both sessions and logging back in to only one, the problem immediately went away.

Watch out for those dangling terminal services sessions!

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Upgrading Supermicro Server from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 R2

Posted by Russell Wright on March 9, 2010

I went through an upgrade from Windows 2003 (SP2) to Windows 2008 R2 on my 2U Supermicro Super Server.  It found my 3Ware 955SX SATA controller okay, but had some issues with some unsigned drivers.  Basically, it wanted me to uninstall:

Program:  IsaIo Windows Driver
Publisher:  SuperMicro Computer, Inc.
Path:  C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ISAIONT.sys

Program:  MemMap Windows Driver
Publisher:  SuperMicro Computer, Inc.
Path:  C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\MemMapNt.sys

Program:  SMBUS Windows Driver
Publisher:  SuperMicro Computer, Inc.
Path:  C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\SMBus.sys

Program:  Unknown
Publisher:  Unknown
Path:  C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Superbmc.sys

I had to guess at what these might be related to, so I uninstalled the Supero Doctor III client, since I really didn’t have much else installed on the physical machine (I run mainly virtuals).  This worked, as the next time I went through the upgrade process, this roadblock went away.

SuperMicro Super Server 6025B-TR+B w/X7DBE+ motherboard, 32 Gb RAM, Dual quad core X5355, 2.66 Ghz processors

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