September 2009 - Posts

I do not know what it is about the words “known issue” that ticks me off. Maybe it has to do with the fact that “known” aught to be replaced by “corrected”, or maybe it is the fact that I wasted an hour searching for a solution until I figured out that I could just Google it… Maybe it is both.

Anyway, this MSDN page explains that if you have VS 2008 + BT 2009 installed and then install Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio, you cannot create a new BizTalk project…

The error you get from Visual Studio is “Creating project ‘BizTalk project name’… project creation failed.”. Note that it is displayed in the status bar. A colleague of mine totally missed and just said that “nothing” happened.

The solution is to enable btproj as an extension in Visual Studio, using RegEdit. See MSDN link for more details.

Today I just had to solve a problem I have had for a while. When upgrading to Windows 7, I installed Daemon tools lite and everything was working fine. That is until last week or so when I started to get this strange error: This program requires at least Windows 2000 with SPTD 1.51 or higher. Kernel debugger must be deactivated. (Text in picture in Swedish).

The error text in Swedish

It seemed that I was not the only one having this problem. A quick search on Google and the Daemon Tools forums revealed a barrage of bad language and people using the word “plz” a lot. This daemon tools forum post, is a good example. There were a lot of solutions but no one that worked on my box. Apparently Microsoft issued a patch that has wreaked havoc for many users, including me. One solution from Daemon tools was to uninstall this patch.

Since I am not a fan of uninstalling patches I tried other solutions and I found one that works for me: Turn off “DeepGuard” in F-Secure. Do not turn it off all together(!), just during Daemon tools start-up. Allow Daemon to start and then you can turn it on again. Also note that I had to do this even though the program is marked as safe in F-Secure.

This is not a permanent solution and you cannot use the auto start option in Daemon tools, personally I never did anyway.

[Edit 09-09-09]
It is the stangest thing! Once I disabled F-secure DeepGuard and started Daemon tools, everything is working well, even with DeepGuard turned on. The auto-start option even works.

[Edit 09-11-01]
A commenter named Allan solved the problem by turning off the Windows Firewall. Now this is something I would not recommend, however I might work like it did for me and F-secure. Turn off the firewall, start Daemon, turn on the firewall.

[Edit 09-11-10]
My Dameon Tools installation told me a couple of days ago that there was a new version available. This has full Windows 7 support and uses version 1.62 of SPTD. So, the troubles might be over. Get it at: http://www.disk-tools.com/download/daemon

[Edit 09-12-14]
Since people seem to still have some issues I must ask you to verify that you are using the same version as I, since after installing that I do not have any issues about the product. I am using DAEMON Tools Lite v4.35.5 (with SPTD 1.62), which is the version you get if you download from here. Also note that the good people at Daemon Tools have a forum.

[Edit 10-03-15]
Maikk posted a very useful comment: "for those still asking for help and are using vista/7 try running cmd and type bcdedit /debug off, Vista has a kernel debugger enabled by default, and this needs to be disabled.  forum.daemon-tools.cc/.../kernel-debugger-please-help-19048"

 

Last Friday I finished a book on WCF (I know everything there is to know now, right?) and so I have gone all trough the weekend and Monday without anything to read! Enter my colleague Johan, who came to the rescue and donated a book on BAM in BizTalk 2009. I should make for an interesting read. “Everyone” is always on about BAM being a total gem in BizTalk and that it can be really helpful. Also, it is usually mentioned as a big selling-point to execs with wonderful graphs and cubes and … stuff. I have yet to see BAM being used to it’s full extent. I would like to change that.

My views on the book will be published here when I am done reading.

proBAM_ApressPro Business Activity Monitoring in BizTalk 2009

by: Jeff Sanders and Geoff Snowman

Update. Richard Seroter has sent his famous 4 questions to Jeff Sanders. Read the insightful result here.