Office 2010 has been available since April this year and Microsoft has made available a series of updates to improve the Office 2010 experience.

The updates whilst all grouped under “Office 2010 Cumulative Update for June 2010 KB 2259686“, they are in fact a series of invidual updates targeted at specific products that are part of the Office 2010 family.

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Project   When you use the Visual Reports feature in Project 2010, you receive an error message that states that you do not have access to the .mdb file.Some Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) methods such as FileOpen, FileOpenEx, and OutlineIndent, do not raise error messages when they should.

You copy formatted cells from an Excel workbook and then paste them into the Task Name column in Project 2010. When you click to select the Match Destination Formatting option from the Paste Options list, Project 2010 may crash.

Note If you use the option button directly, this issue does not occur.

You insert many tasks into a project that is connected to a server. When you save, close, and then reopen the project, all null (empty) tasks in the file are moved.

When you print or preview a project that has a dependency to a task and that task ends up as the last task on the page, the link line goes off the left side of the page

When you print or preview a project that has a dependency to a task and that task ends up as the last task on the page, the link line goes off the left side of the page toward infinity.

When you click Replace All, Project 2010 crashes. For example, Project 2010 crashes when you click Replace All to replace TaskName to TaskName2.

If a subproject task on the timeline is deleted from the subproject, the timeline data becomes corrupted, and tasks cannot be added to the Timeline view.

When you save a project as an XML file, the values that are in that XML file do not have a period as the XML decimal symbol. Instead, the values have a decimal symbol that is determined by the regional settings. For example, the values are the cost values. 

Access  Consider the following scenario in Microsoft Access 2010.You use a BeforeChange event or an AfterInsert event to update data. In a subform, you select a record and then create a new record in Connected mode. Then, you edit the form data. In this scenario, when you select the subform, the form data is committed and the event causes an update that displays the wrong subform data. 
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Publisher  Consider the following scenario:You create a merged publication in Microsoft Publisher 2010.
You close the merged publication.
You change the data source of the merged publication.
You reopen the merged publication.
You print or publish the merged publication.

In this scenario, Publisher 2010 crashes.

You use a non-English version of Publisher 2010. When you click Share in the Share with Template Community section, you are always directed to the English logon page.

Word  When you print from Word 2010 by using the scaling function of the print driver, you receive the following warning message:The margins of section 1 are set outside the printable area of the page. Do you want to continue?

After you click Yes, the scaling is incorrect and some text is cut when the document is printed. This problem occurs when the document size differs from the default paper size.

Excel Consider the following scenario:You have form controls in an Excel 2010 document.
You adjust the scale of the document.
You print the document.

In this scenario, the form controls are printed by using the actual size of the controls.

As per normal Microsoft Policy: Only apply hotfix packages to systems that are experiencing the specific problems documented.

Microsoft have released version 1.4 of the Sysinternals tool “Active Directory Explorer “.  AD Explorer is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object’s schema, and execute sophisticated searches that you can save and re-execute.

If you are the an IT professional who is looking for information on how to plan, implement and maintain Microsoft Office 2010 installations then this publication will help. 

Microsoft have made available this download which provides how-to information on the recommended steps to execute specific deployment tasks, such as customising the installation; installing the Microsoft Office 2010 system on users’ computers; implementing the deployment in multiple languages and migrating to the new file format.


I am one of those people that loves technology and I always like to keep my knowledge up to date. One way I “used” to stay informed, was with Microsoft’s Podcasts on iTunes; but this content was getting a little stale and did not appear to be updated very often.


One day when I was not looking for anything in particular, I stumbled across the TechNet Radio Website (UK Version) and the first thing I noticed was the content and the fact that some of it was dated a few days previous; but why was the content not in iTunes as part of TechNet Radio?  I soon stopped asking that question, because I was presented with another.

On the page I noticed TechNet Radio Feeds with RSS, iPod and Zune links.


Clicking on the iPod link I was presented with an what looked like an RSS Feed, but what do I do with this? I assumed something in iTunes.


Opening iTunes, I started to look through the menus until I saw “Subscribe to Podcast” on the advanced menu.


Opening “Subscribe to Podcast”,  I cut and paste the URL from the “TechNet Radio iPod feed” into the dialogue box and clicked OK.


The podcast directory in iTunes now had this listing:


So I now had iTunes, syncing with Microsoft for the latest podcasts, but was I missing any other “channels”?

After a little “bing fu” I found the Microsoft Podcast Page and added other ones relevant to me to (note if  “Subscribe to Podcast” already has a URL listed, replacing it with a new one, will not remove the feed already in iTunes).


I am now once again keeping up with Microsoft technology… on my iPod.

Microsoft have today made available a public preview of Windows Home Server – codename “Vail”.  This release is version 2 of the Windows Home Server platform and is based on Windows Server 2008 R2.  Windows Home Server v2 delivers a series of new and enhanced features and capabilities,  including:

Remote Access based on Silverlight technologies.

Homegroup Support (Same functionality as in Windows 7).

Enhanced Streaming with a broader codec support – Supported formats in this preview include
(3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, and WMA. and most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid formats).

Offsite backup functionality.

Shared Folder Status Updates – (folders now display their synchronisation status as well as alerts).

A new dashboard replaces the Windows Server Home Console which can be accessed remotely by approved users.

System Requirements

Windows Home Server Code Name Vail is a 64-bit only operating system.

1.4 GHz x64 processor
At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive

Only NTFS is supported as a file system

Supported networking configuration:

a)      Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable.
b)      The router works best with a UPnP  certified device (but it is not required).
c)       The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet (but it is not required).

If you would like find out more information and to sign up for the “Public Preview”  then register on Microsoft Connect at:

This spreadsheet provides the new and removed Group Policy settings and Office Customization Tool (OCT) settings for Microsoft Office 2010. The spreadsheet is broken down into three worksheets, detailing:

New worksheet – lists the new settings that are available for Office 2010.

Removed worksheet – lists the removed settings that have been removed since the 2007 Office system.

Non-Versioned worksheet – lists the settings that write to a registry key that is not versioned.

This spreadsheet is associated with the Microsoft TechNet article:

Download here.

The Windows Sysinternals team have updated the excellent Active Directory Explorer tool to version 1.3

AD Explorer can be used to navigate the AD database; view object properties and attributes; modify permissions; view an object’s schema properties and create sophisticated searches that can be saved for regular use.

AD Explorer has the ability to save snapshots of an AD database for off-line viewing and comparison and for me the most useful snapshot feature is the ability to mount two snapshots of an Active Directory database and using AD Explorer’s comparison functionality compare the two snapshots to see what objects, attributes and security permissions differ.