Common SBS gotcha?

I’ve fought with this before, and am getting it again on a fresh SBS R2 install in monitoring reports (and the Event Viewer/System log):

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {E579AB5F-1CC4-44B4-BED9-DE0991FF0623} to the user NT AUTHORITY/NETWORK SERVICE SID (S-1-5-20). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

It took a long time to track down/fix the first time.  It was faster this time, but I’m documenting it now for future reference.  I underlined the important bits above.

First connect the dots:

  1. Looked up that CLSID with regedit in HKCR\CLSDID\{E579AB5F-1CC4-44B4-BED9-DE0991FF0623}
  2. Looked up its AppID there: {56BE716B-2F76-4dfa-8702-67AE10044F0B}
  3. Open Component Services: Start > Run > dcomcnfg
  4. (Guess that it’s VSS related since SBS often has VSS errors, and) open My Computer > DCOM Config > Volume Shadow Copy Service > properties dialog.
  5. Confirm Volume Shadow Copy Service has that Application ID: {56BE716B-2F76-4dfa-8702-67AE10044F0B}

Then actually make the fix:

  1. Open Security tab > Launch and Activation Permissions > [Edit] button
  2. [Add] Network Service,  [OK]
  3. Allow Local Activation permissions to Network Service,  [OK], [OK]

My opinion: connecting the dots shouldn’t be so nearly much more involved than making the fix.

(Credit to this article for documenting the basic troubleshooting process.)

Hoopla Roundup for Internet Explorer 8

I won’t say it’s “finally” coming, because it might be one of Internet Explorer’s fastest major upgrades.  But IE8 is coming, and better yet, I think it is “finally” catching up with the competition.

The news is all over the place, and this time I won’t dig into the tech like I did with the IE7 beta.  I have installed the developer beta for a little testing, and it looks pretty similar to IE7.  Since the UI isn’t changing much, I think it’s a comparatively developer-heavy release (yum!). 

Here are some good official links:

And the interesting progress & commentary:

My own/other thoughts:

New Direction: A lot of the most interesting new stuff is neither UI/security improvements nor core web technology improvements, but Web 2.0-type stuff like Activities and WebSlices which seem to be targeting easier mashups and 3rd-party browser extensions.

Bad Chrome: A later IE7 release added back the Classic file menu.  Now they’ve added the crap links bar back in, sacrificing that much more viewport to the biggest waste of browser chrome.  Those plus the infobar warning I got right away doubles the 3 rows it should be, meaning if it goes live this way, my various inattentive relatives are gonna be scrolling way too much:

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Developer’s Browser Ecosystem: IE7 usage is still roughly even with IE6, and seems to have leveled off.  It’s frustrating that IE6 is still hanging on so much.  Let’s get IE8 in and IE6 gone!