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An Interesting Notification from Windows Azure Team

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Just got an email from the windows azure team saying that

in PDC ‘09 , Windows Azure goes live with a lots and lots of new features.

However the free access ( to the new feature set ) will be available to the existing users till December 31st

allowing you to experiment with the full feature platform.

Come January 1, 2010 we can sign up for an offer

where first month bill will be of 0$ and from February 1 2010, we will be billed for our usage on Windows azure…   😀

Ain’t that cool..

We get to play around with the live azure features for little over 3 months  for free  and i guess it is affordable for everyone to opt for that offer 🙂

Hope this article helps  🙂


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October 30, 2009 at 1:08 am

Installing MOSS 2007 on a Windows server 2008 R2 Box

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Well, all was working well suddenly i found that the MOSS installation on my machine(Office work Box) was not working as expected.

So Raised an admin ticket to reinstall the OS ( Yeah ..that’s how it is resolved here 😉 )

so I was given a choice of which version of win 2k8 would i like to install ,

A curious person that i am, i opted for windows server 2k8 r2 64 bit version . So the sys ad guy installed the same on my box.

Now when the time to install MOSS 2007 came, There was a nice popup saying that  the MOSS installer is blocked due to compatibility issues. And I will need a MOSS setup with SP2 integrated to install on WIN2k8R2 Box.


Eh! big deal , Lets the read the LB and get rid of the issue you, say

well sadly, the KB article is not live on the web yet 😦 …

So as usual, BINGED”  for some time and found out that you will have to make a slipstream build to install MOSS 2007 as the WIN 2k8 R2 Compatible setup is not available readily.

The SharePoint team blog has a nice article on how to do this: Install SharePoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 you can download the slipstream builds here:

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2 (x86)

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2 (x64)

For WSS 3.0 Slipstream builds are readily available

but for MOSS 2007 you are pretty much on your own to create a slipstream build and install using the slipstreamed setup.

Well basically slipstream setups are setups that have some additional updates etc embedded into the installer so as to solve any compatibility issues that arise due to new OS’s that are around in the market ( I know MS tries to maintain backward compatibility …)

For MOSS 2007 , These are the steps prescribed on the MOSS team blog:

1. Copy the content of SharePoint Server 2007 setup files from the installation media to a folder on your hard drive.

2. Delete everything inside Updates folder.

3. Download Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 to a folder.

Make sure your Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 is downloaded after July 29th.


4. Open a command prompt,  change directory to the folder you put the downloaded patches, and run the following two commands:

wssv3sp2-kb953338-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:[Path to installation bits]\Updates /quiet

officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract: [Path to installation bits]\Updates /quiet

Change [Path to installation bits] to where you put the bits. These will extract all the content from the two packages to Updates folder. SharePoint installation program will automatically read this folder to apply the patches.

5. Delete wsssetup.dll. This is a very important step so please don’t miss it.

6. If you also need the Cumulative Updates to be applied when install SharePoint, download the latest Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 Cumulative Update packages and extract them into Updates folder like step 4.

7. Your slipstream build of SharePoint Server 2007 is done!

But Somehow, this didn’t work for me,

Instead I followed these steps and worked for me like a charm :

1. Download MOSS 2007 with SP1 Slipstream installer:

Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP1 (32 bit)
Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP1 (64 bit)

2. Also Download MOSS 2007 SP2:

Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 (32 bit)
Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 (64 bit)

3. Now Open a command prompt ( with admin privileges  off course 🙂 )

Now Navigate to the folder where you had download the slip stream MOSS installer and MOSS sp2

Now do run the MOSS sp1 slipstream installer with a “/extract ” switch, It will ask you for a folder where it can extract the setup. Provide it a folder . SAY <MOSS2007sp1SetupFolder>

4. Now Run the MOSS SP2 installer with a “/extract ” switch and extract the same to some other folder say <MOSSSP2UpdateFolder>

5. Now Copy all the contents of <MOSSSP2UpdateFolder> to “<MOSS2007sp1SetupFolder>/Updates” Folder

6. Make sure that the “srvsetup.dll” in “<MOSS2007sp1SetupFolder>/Updates and “<MOSS2007sp1SetupFolder> folders is replaced with the one in <MOSSSP2UpdateFolder> folder.

7. Tada… Your slipstream build is ready….

8. Run Setup.exe and do the needful 🙂

Hope this helps .

Written by sudheerkovalam

October 22, 2009 at 3:31 am

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My Screen cast on : An Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

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After  much effort , I have put up a small 45 minute screen-cast on “An introduction to ASP.NET MVC”. As Every one is aware ASP.NET MVC is a new “alternative” way of building cool web apps.

Here’s my presentation. Go Through it and lemme know if it was good

P.S: This screen cast is heavily inspired by

Scott hanselman’s “ASP.NET MVC: An introduction” at Mix 08

and Phil Haack’s Asp.NET mvc presentation in Mix 09.

My MVC Presentation from Sudhindra on Vimeo.

Written by sudheerkovalam

October 12, 2009 at 2:24 am

Posted in MVC

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