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  • Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is Free

    Posted on July 20th, 2011 HandyAndy No comments

    The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library driven by developers’ needs. The goal of the All-In-One Code Framework is to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies, and reduce developers’ efforts in solving typical programming tasks.

    The Microsoft teams listens to developers’ pains in the MSDN forums, social media and various developer communities. They write code samples based on developers’ frequently asked programming tasks, and allow developers to download them with a short code sample publishing cycle. Additionally, their teams offers a free code sample request service. This service is a proactive way for our developer community to obtain code samples for certain programming tasks directly from Microsoft.

     For more information on the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, visit their YouTube channel or download at

  • A Fine Day for Installing Exchange 2007 Rollup 4

    Posted on July 9th, 2011 HandyAndy No comments

    A few days ago Microsoft released Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 Roll-up 4 and after kicking it’s tires on in my test lab, I decided today was a good day to roll it out. Thought you might like to come along on the journey.

    First because it is a very good practice, reboot the server before you start any updating, it is always a great idea to start from a clean known state.

    Next since there is apparently no way to tell if the Schema Update has actually been run from SP3 (remember all the trouble this caused) I thought it would be prudent to just run it again. It is a pretty simple process and won’t hurt anything if run again . Just grab a copy of Exchange 2007 SP3 and from an Administrative Command Box expand it out and run the command “ /PrepareSchema” this is what it will look like.

    Schema Update
    Schema Update

    Once that finishes you can go ahead and run the roll-up without rebooting again. Grab a copy of 

    Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2509911)

      I had some trouble getting it to run correctly from an explorer window, so I went out to an administrative command prompt (I probably could have used an administrative explorer window also but did not try) 

    Start RU4 Update

    Start RU4 Update

     Now the familiar GUI will start up with the proper permissions, so it does not bomb out in the middle of the process and roll back. 

    The first few screens are the regular click next exercise

    This next phase may take quite a while be patient

    Still with me?

    Several minutes that’s for sure

    Now things are looking up, we are stopping the services so we can get busy

    It is making sure we have a solid foundation to build on

    Copying looks like it is quick, don’t be fooled

    Ya I know the bar is all the way across, but it will start up a few more times

    Now it will rebuild the files with the updates

    It starts up the services, if everything went right

    Removing backup files is usually a very good sign

    How I do like a positive outcome, I have done this on a number of systems yesterday and today
    and they took anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, give yourself plenty of time

    Yes you do have to do a final reboot, the server is not in a stable state until you do!

    Hope your day and your roll-up goes smoothly!