Fixing Office Upcoming Appointments gadget to work with Office 2010

I just finished installing Office 2010 on all my home computers, and immediately ran into a “wife acceptance factor” issue: the “Outlook Upcoming Appointments” Sidebar gadget didn’t work: “Fix it.”  Sigh.  Fortunately, it wasn’t hard to do.  Locate the “C:\Users\<user ID>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\OutlookAppointmentsGadget[1].gadget\en-US\js” folder and in it you’ll see a file called Outlook.vbs.  Open it in…

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Have questions about MDT 2010?

We have created a new forum on TechNet specifically for MDT-related questions – no question is too simple or too advanced.  You can access the forum via http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mdt/threads.  It’s been around for a couple of months, but we haven’t publicized it too heavily so we could slowly ramp up. As always, I seem to be…

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Ready for Office 2010? It’s not far away.

The Office 2010 Beta has been available for a short while now and should be released sometime next year.  I’m already quite attached to it, and not only because of the “People Pane” in Outlook 2010 and its coming ties to various social networks. To help with the coming migration, some new Office compatibility tools…

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RIS-style naming with MDT 2010: Use a web service

I’ve been toying around with using a web service that could be used to implement RIS-style computer naming.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to work on it much in the last year or so, so I’ll post the code as-is and tell you up front that it’s not really complete – you might need to…

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Workaround posted for ConfigMgr SP2 issue with USMT 4.0

Levi Stevens posted a blog entry today describing a workaround for an issue with ConfigMgr SP2 and USMT 4.0 that causes USMT to not capture all of the user state information.  See http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/12/01/known-issue-migrating-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7-with-usmt-when-used-with-configmgr-2007-sp2-os-deployment-may-not-migrate-all-settings.aspx for all the details. We are still working on a KB article for MDT 2010 that provides a similar fix.  That KB…

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Dynamic application detection with Lite Touch, Revisited

Over a year ago, I posted a blog entry at http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2008/09/25/dynamic-application-detection-with-lite-touch.aspx with details on how to automatically detect installed applications during a Lite Touch deployment, enabling those to be pre-selected when the application list is presented.  Due to changes in the XML file schemas, this script needs some updates for MDT 2010 to be truly…

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In the Seattle area? Come to the Windows Networking User’s Group meeting

On Wednesday, December 2, the Windows Networking User’s Group is having their monthly meeting at the Microsoft office in Bellevue.  Chris Avis is the featured speaker this month, and the topic of his presentation is: Windows 7 New Features: Windows XP Mode & Boot to VHD Windows 7 introduces host of new features and technologies…

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Two webcasts next week

I’ll be busy next week, with two different webcasts targeting different groups of people.  If you’re part of either group, please attend as I don’t want to be presenting to “virtual crickets”. The first webcast targets Gold Certified, Certified, and Empower partners (you’ll need to be in one of those categories to register via the…

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MDT 2010 Wizard Example: Role Selection

We have seen lots of requests over the past couple of years for a wizard pane that allows you to select from a list of roles that should be applied to a machine, where those roles are defined in the MDT database.  There are a few examples of this available on the web, implemented in…

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Using the MDT database from a web service without writing code

One of the new features in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is ADO.NET Data Services.  This enables you to expose the contents of a data source, e.g. a SQL Server database, through something that looks roughly like an RSS feed, accessed in a similar manner to a web service.  That’s nice but why do you…

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