Monthly Archives: April 2008

Keeping Up The Infrastructure

By | April 25, 2008

Keeping up your network Infrastructure is a difficult task. Especially, when going through red tape. It is hard to get management to buy into new servers and switches when they are out of date and out of warranty. This is because they look at the network as an old car that can be fixed up and run forever. Hello! Your corporate infrastructure is NOT an old car. What can an admin do? Well, for starters you must document all failures and making graphs help. Make sure you have base lines and make a comparison of the issues you are having. When management can see this on paper with pretty graphs, they realize that they must act and then the burden is taken off of your shoulders. Oh, and make sure to get them so sign off on approving measures to improve the infrastructure or not. Keep a copy of this for yourself. As an old boss of mine always said, “CYA insurance”!




Rollout the Office 2007 Converter Pack Silently

By | April 4, 2008

Lots of companies don’t want to shell out the $$$ for going to Office 2007. Luckily, Microsoft has a file converter that allows users with Office 2003 to read and edit Office 2007 files!

My script will allow you to silently install the .exe on your users’ machines.

Just add it to a GPO


Download the converter pack here:


From Microsoft:

Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.




Solidworks 2008 SP 1.1 and Solidworks Rx Crashing Issue

By | April 2, 2008

All of the systems that run Solidworks 2008 SP1.1 at our building have an issue crashing when trying to update an assembly or running the Rx tool. I would get an error about missing dll's or a memory error and then the systems would crash. All of these systems were upgraded from SW 2007 SP2 to SW 2008 SP1.1.


Below is a quick fix. I hope it helps!



Display Properties Tabs Missing or Dropdown Menu Causing an App Crash

By | April 2, 2008

The COO of our company had a mysterious issue. When working in an application such as outlook, it would crash if we tried to use a drop down menu. I then also noticed that in the event viewer there was an error with user32.dll. I researched the issue with M$ and a bunch of forums. Some users said that their display properties tab was missing and sure enough… The tabs were missing from the COO’s laptop.

Below is a simple fix.