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Error 1406 While Installing Office 2010

While installing Office 2010 Professional Plus today on a client PC, I received the following error message about halfway through the install:

Error 1406. Setup cannot write the value Class to the registry key \Software\Classes\CLSID\{0006F059-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\InprocServer32\14.0.0.0

The install would not continue and had to be rolled back. After a reboot and some intial research, I discovered that the Sentinal HASP License Manager service was the cause of the problem. I tried stopping this service and restarting the install, but it still came up with the same error. After disabling the service and rebooting the machine, I was able to successfully complete the Office install.

If you run across this error and have another software package that has installed the Sentinal HASP License Manager, disabling it should take care of the problem.

New Photo Site

I've been working for a while now on finding a suitable photo gallery to post my photos, but haven't been happy with the ones I've tried. I eventually found Zenphoto and have been very impressed with it. I've setup the gallery at photos.jaredc.com and will try to keep it updated, at least more often than this blog. Please feel free to comment on the photos. Enjoy!

New Host

I've moved this site to a new webhost and it appears that everything is up and running properly. If you notice anything not working correctly, please be sure to let me know. I'm hoping that this host will be a little faster and take care of some of the issues I was experiencing at the old one.

Reason number 25,385,449,249 to buy a good shredder

While outside at our house today, I happened to notice a few little strips of paper being blown around by the wind. I didn't pay much attention to it until I started seeing a lot more. I finally found the culprit:

It appears that a bird was building a nest on a ladder that we had propped up against the back of the house. Along with the normal twigs and other natural materials birds normally use for nests, was strips of paper. And not just any random pieces of paper: someone's shredded financial documents. It's pretty obvious that the shredder used to do this job wasn't very effective, and the fact that the shreds were in a place were birds could easily carry them off is fail #2.

This just shows that it is very important to make sure you properly dispose of all important documents that you no longer want to keep. Sure, it would be a rather small chance of a bird building a nest using semi-shredded financial information, that from a couple of strips I found included images of checks, addresses, and I'm sure other personal information somewhere out there since a couple of the pieces had "IRS" on them, in the yard of someone that would use this information for nefarious purposes.

   

LUA Lightbug Utility

As anyone that has spent time deploying applications in an enterprise environment knows, sometimes software just doesn't work. I guess it's more that the software just doesn't work for non-admin users than anything. My personal thinking is that software should be written in a way that it works at no matter what user level you're running it at. Now, I understand that this isn't always possible, and I'm fine with that. But some applications I've run into in the past, some camera related software that will remain nameless (right, Kodak?), that will not even run under a non-admin user account. The user receives a message that you need to be a local admin in order to use the software, which then promptly closes when you click OK.

Enter LUA Buglight (LUA = Limited User Account). I found out about this handy application while listening to a podcast a few days ago and was really anxious to try it out. This utility allows you to run an application and will generate a log of operations that failed while running as a standard user, but succeeded as an administrator. Pretty slick. This is much better than my old method of running Filemon and Regmon (Processmon now, which will get a blog entry here at some point) and filtering out everything but the application I was testing.

The interface is very simple and easy to use. You begin by selecting the executable you want to test, enter any switches for that application, and then click Start.

LUA Buglight 2.1 Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you click Start, you will be prompted to enter two sets of credentials: 1) an account with administrative rights 2) the standard user account you are logged in with. Buglight needs to be run under a standard user account in order to function properly. You will need to provide both sets of credentials so that it is able to run your executable as both an administrative and standard user.

Buglight 2.1 Authentication Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buglight will now launch the executable you entered in the field and will begin logging. You can stop the logging at any point by clicking on the Stop Logging button. Once you do this, you will be presented with the log of the application execution. This will detail the registry, file, and COM objects that the program tried accessing as a standard user, failed, and was then able to access as an administrator.

Buglight 2.1 File System Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buglight 2.1 Registry Log

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can review the logs and follow the recommendation at the bottom of each tab in order to resolve the issues.

As I haven't had much time to try this out, I think this is definitely going to be a utility that will come in handy and will be very useful in installing and deploying new software packages. If anyone has any feedback or experience with Buglight, I would love to hear about it. Also, be sure to check out blog of the Buglight author, Aaron Margosis.

SysAdmin Day 2009

Remember to thank your SysAdmin on Friday July 31, 2009. This is the 10th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. ThinkGeek.com has some good stuff if you need help buying something nice for them :) .

Google Webmaster Central

For anyone that designs, creates, or maintains a website, the question that always seems to come up is "How do I get higher rankings on Google?" While there is not a simple magic bullet that will put your site at #1 overnight, there are numerous tools available from Google and other search engines as well, such as Yahoo to help you design your site to be search engine friendly and (hopefully) improve your search rankings. Here are a few of the tools I've used for a while and highly recommend:

Google Webmaster Central

Google Webmaster Central provides a lot of helpful advice and insight into how Google sees your sites, problems or errors the Googlebot finds when crawling your site, and general advice on how to improve your site. One document I would highly recommend everyone reading, especially those that are new to the idea of SEO is the Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide (PDF). This guide gives a basic overview of how to design and organize your site and is very informative for beginners.

Google Webmaster Central Youtube Channel

I actually just found this today, which is why I'm writing this article. Matt Cutts is a software engineer at Google and is the star of the Webmaster Central Youtube videos. He responds to questions sent in by people all over the world regarding best practices for SEO and answers some questions about what Google looks for in your site.

Yahoo Site Explorer

I am not as familiar with this tool as I am with the Google Webmaster Central, but this provides basically the same service, except for Yahoo. Even though Google is the king of search engines right now, I would still recommend checking this tool out as well to see how you can improve on other search engine listings.

Vista SP2 Release

I'm a few days behind in updating the blog...okay, months behind in updating. I was just going to post that Microsoft released SP2 for Vista and Server 2008  last week. I have installed the SP on just a single Vista Business install so far, but have had no trouble from it. Actually, I think performance has improved just slightly since the service pack was installed.

Here are the download links for the updates:

Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Download

32 bit ODBC drivers for Vista x64

If you're using Vista x64 and try to create an ODBC connection through the ODBC Administrator in Administrative Tools, you may be surprised to find no available ODBC drivers. The reason is that this particular ODBC Administrator is for use with 64-bit drivers. To access the 32-bit drivers, simply launch C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe. This will start the 32-bit ODBC Administrator and allow you to create those wonderful MS Access ODBC connections.

Coincidence? I Think Not.

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