Friday, November 21, 2008

SCCM Management Point Install Failure

Having issues installing the SCCM Management Point? Here is something you can try:
  1. Check the mpMSI.log file for any error states, typically it will return an MSI error code like 1603 if there is an issue. Based on the error state, you will know what to do.
  2. Ensure that your pre-requesites are done: IIS Installed w/ WebDAV, and BITS Installed
  3. Make sure that WebDAV and BITS are both set to Allow in IIS

One way to get more information on the Management Point install is to run the MP.MSI manually. While the installation will fail, the error code may give you more info that wasn't collected in the Log files. Once done, deinstall and reinstall the management point via ConfigMgr and you should be good to go.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Installing Civil3D 2008 on a 64-bit OS

By Default, Autodesk 2008 vertical products can only be installed on Windows XP 32-bit. Here is a workaround to make it installable on 64 bit systems as well. Note that you can get updated files by contacting Autodesk support as well:

  1. Get Orca from Microsoft (part of the MS Platform SDK for Server 2003)
  2. Make a Copy of the .msi file (very important otherwise you could kill your install)
  3. Open the MSI within Orca and make the following Changes:
  • Under Tables: Look for InstallExecuteSequence, Delete the action called "CheckFor64BitOS"
  • Under Tables: Look for CustomAction, Delete the Action called "CheckFor64BitOS" (Not a typo, its in both places)
  • Save the MSI and Close Orca (You may want to save it as a new name incase of any issues)

The next steps are done within the .ini file:

  1. Open the .ini file in Notepad
  2. Delete the following line under "Platform Requirement": PLATFORM=NO_WOW_64_PROCESS
  3. Save and Close the .ini file (again, a new file name is good)

Install and your off to the races. Note that if you use Vista 64bit edition there may be some pathing issues.

A big thank you too this blog post that lead me to this solution (not taking any credit here)

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