Windows 2008 R2

Installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP

February 28, 2011 .NET, All, General, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows XP, XNA 3 comments

Installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP

Recently I have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 from Technet and started setting up my Development Environment from scratch. I wanted to use Windows Server 2008 R2 for a while for development provided how flexible it is for development as compared to Windows 7. I came across few of the limitation of installing certain Development Tools. The one development tool among is Windows Phone Developer Tools.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools are not officially supported on operating systems other than Windows Vista or Windows 7.

So how can we install Windows Phone Developer Tools on my Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows XP? Is not awesome if we can install Windows Phone Developer Tools in Windows XP or 2003, since most of the organizations are using Windows XP as their main development environment.

There is a simple trick to pass through OS Limitation in installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows XP/2003/2008 or 2008 R2 which I came through the blog here

Please note that this is not officially supported, so if you try these steps, you are doing so at your own risk.

1. Download the Windows Phone Developer Tools web bootstrapper and save it to your hard drive

2. Extract the contents of the setup package by running vm_web.exe /x and choosing a path to extract to

3. Go to the folder you extracted to in step 2 and open the file baseline.dat in notepad

4. Look for the section named [gencomp7788]

Note – you have to change this exact section – this is the one that controls the OS version blocking behavior in Windows Phone Developer Tools setup.

5. Now the change the values of the matching statements below(change from 1 to 0 – hi-lighted in bold).

InstallOnAMD64=0 ( turns of the check for AMD64 machines)




InstallOnLHS=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2008)


InstallOnNetServer=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2003)



InstallOnWinXP=0 ( turns of the check for Windows XP)


InstallOnWin7Server=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2008 R2 )

6. Save and close baseline.dat

7. Run setup.exe /web from the folder you extracted to in step 2

Note: Incase if you are using Windows Phone Developer Tools – Offline Installer ISO (WPDT_RTM_en1.iso)

Just open your WPDT_RTM_en1.iso file using any ISO Tool like PowerISO or Daemon Tools, extract the baseline.dat from the ISO file and the repeat the above steps from 4 to 6.

Overwrite or Save the modified baseline.dat in to your copy of WPDT_RTM_en1.iso and go on installing the tools by clicking on “Setup.exe” from WPDT_RTM_en1.iso .

The installation went fine for me with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows XP(on my Hyper-V virtual machine).

Hope this article will help you with by passing OS check on Windows Server 2008/R2 and XP for Windows Phone Developer Tools.

PS: The work around is tested and working fine on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows XP – (yet to test – will update the result soon)

With help of Aaron Stebnor’s WebLog ,  Nithin Mohan reporting live from Hyderabad :-).. Cool is n’t it.

Here are few screen shots

Update: will not work on Wndows XP & Windows 2003, as the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires  DirectX 10 or 11 graphics system,..

sqlncli_x64.msi cannot be found while installing SQL Server 2005 64bit on Windows Server 2008 R2

February 27, 2011 All, General, KnowledgeBase, SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, Troubleshooting, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 4 comments

Recently while installing SQL Server 2005 64bit on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64bit an error message displays that “An installation package for the product Microsoft SQL Server Native Client cannot be found. Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package ‘sqlncli_x64.msi’.” as shown below.

After that, the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Setup Progress will display some errors with a status “Setup Failed. Refer to the Setup log for details”.


When trying to install the Microsoft SQL Server Native Client Setup by hand it displays a similar error message that the file ‘sqlcli_x64.msi’ cannot be found.  It’s unable to locate the sqlcli_x64.msi ( 64 bit version of SQL Server Native client). It’s puzzling, I am trying to install with 64 Bit version of SQL Server 2005 and it’s unable to locate the sqlcli_x64.msi, crazy thing is file is already available in installation folder and it’s showing me that error strange???.

After so much of trial I found solution for this problem is that someone started the installation with a wrong edition (32 vs. 64) edition and left the components there.

Go to Add/Remove Programs and remove the existing SQL 2005 components, and then reinstall.

Voila!!! It works fine.. It’s puzzling why the error comes up, but it is resolved after re-installation.

Windows Server 2008 R2 – NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter – Crazy Driver Error – Code 19

February 26, 2011 All, General, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 7 comments

Few months back in a heavy lightning my motherboard(MSI K9A2-Platinum v2) got fried a bit. My onboard network card and few USB ports of the mother board got affected because of it. Remaining everything working smoothly. So I do not have any other option other than start using a Wireless-N300 USB adaptor. I opted for NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter, which I got through an discount offer. So far everything was working fine.

I couldn’t opt for buying a new motherboard for now, because already I spend lots of bucks on my laptop(which got stolen recently) and my dream pc(Phenom-Hexacore) and my pocket is empty for now. So I decided to adjust with what I have for a while.

I decided to install dual boot to “Windows Server 2008 – R2 with SP1″, for trying out Visual Studio 2010 – ALM  & Lab Environment. Installation went successfully and I installed the drivers for my “NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter“. After installation of driver strange error message started to appear. At first I couldn’t understand why the device is not working on “Windows Server 2008 – R2 with SP1” and at the same time it’s working perfectly on “Windows 7 with SP1“.

I went to device manager and look for my NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter, I notied an yellow ! against the device. That means there is some error with device . When I look at the properties it says:

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)

I spend on uninstalling and installing device again and again.

Atlast I found the solution! It was something very simple that I really should’ve thought of. The Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have the Wireless LAN Service running by default! Since I have not used Windows Server 2008 for some time, I forgot to check whether “Wireless LAN Service” is running or not. Anyway my I got the solution.
Here’s what we must do:

Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager -> Features -> Add Features -> Wireless LAN Service

It works perfectly now! πŸ™‚ Some times solution is simple, but it takes long time to realize the solution.. πŸ™‚

What's New in Windows Server 2008 R2?

August 14, 2009 All, General, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 No comments

Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone and What’s new about it??

This is a small information lended from Windows Server blogs  

The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We’re talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets.

With evaluation software available for download in the first half of August and the full product available to customers with Software Assurance in the second half of August, RTM is more than just an engineering milestone. Occurring in lock-step with the release of the Windows 7 RTM, these two platforms are now ready for our partners to start testing and installing on their hardware. And that lock-step isn’t a coincidence, it’s a design goal.

Customers using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in their enterprises has been Microsoft’s intent from the first day programmers touched fingers to keyboards. Let’s look at the highlights:


It’s Christmas for server and desktop administrators with Windows Server 2008 R2’s updated management tools, including:

  • Hyper-V and Live Migration – still the big stars. R2’s Hyper-V enables a complete server virtualization solution available out-of-the-box. Live Migration allows server administrators to migrate VMs between physical machines with no perceived downtime for current server connections and work streams. That means a more dynamic datacenter and more agility in meeting new business needs For more information on Hyper-V in R2, check out today’s in-depth post on the Virtualization Team blog.
  • File Classification Infrastructure – FCI lets you manage your data based on its characteristics, including things like file type, user credentials and even content. Based on this kind of criteria, FCI can assign data different access restrictions, store it in different locations or simply push it into an entirely customized lifecycle scheme – all done automatically via policy. For me, this is one of the most exciting new features in R2.
  • Active Directory and Pervasive PowerShell – 240 new PowerShell cmdlets and several management consoles (including a new Active Directory interface) have been built on top of PowerShell. Active Directory has also been enhanced with the Active Directory Recycle Bin as well as AD Group Policy objects that give desktop administrators deeper capabilities when it comes to managing Windows 7 clients.
  • IIS 7.5 – The latest edition of Internet Information Server also sports updated management tools as well as application serving capabilities that now including support for PHP and .NET on Server Core installations.
  • Server Scalability – Not only is R2 Microsoft’s first 64-bit-only operating system, it also supports up to 256 logical processors in a single server as well as all the latest CPU technologies. And, R2 has support for advanced storage technologies, including SAN management and solid state hardware.  


I’ll leave it to the Windows 7 team to evangelize the many advantages that Windows 7 has as a standalone operating system (click here for the Windows 7 RTM announcement). But we server guys love it because combined with Windows Server 2008 R2 we can provide features I’ve never seen before in another client-server platform.

  • DirectAccess, for example, provides secure, always-on access to corporate networks no matter from what network a client might be connecting. Better yet, it provides a two-way relationship allowing desktop admins to manage clients the same way whether they’re local or remote.
  • BranchCache allows users in remote offices to cache corpnet data locally, providing a better work experience for remote workers while simultaneously lowering expensive WAN bandwidth costs.
  • Remote Desktop and Applications – Windows Server 2008’s Terminal Services has now evolved into R2’s Remote Desktop Services, and it integrates so tightly with Windows 7 that administrators will be able to roll out virtualized applications and even entire desktop environments without users being able to tell that these tools aren’t running locally. It’s fast and can even be managed via policy. Very cool stuff.


Power efficiency and power management were priorities for R2.  The power efficiency improvements help you save power automatically – without additional steps or configuration.  An improved processor power management engine, storage power management improvements, tick skipping, core parking, and timer coalescing all contribute to improved power efficiency.

While licensing topics are a bit arcane, those of you already running Windows Server 2008 should know that you don’t need new Client Access Licenses (CALs) when updating to Windows Server 2008 R2, which helps make for a cost-effective upgrade.

I’m out of space and have only scratched the surface of what you’ll find in R2. You can follow the buzz about R2 and Windows 7 on Twitter via the #Windows hashtag.

 For those evaluating the software for near-term deployment, make sure to visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 Resource Center, our TechNet Resource Center as well and also our Application Compatibility page. And as always, send us your feedback when you’re testing the software. Happy testing,


–Oliver Rist

Technical Product Manager

Windows Server Marketing


Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM – Release to MSDN today!!!!

August 14, 2009 All, General, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 No comments

I got this information regarding the availablility for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM to public.

So today i can get it from TECHNET Downloads. I’m waiting for it, to download…


For Partners & OEMs:

ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) partners will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM from MSDN starting on August 14th.  MSDN will post in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish on August 14th and will roll out the remaining languages starting August 21st.

Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM through the Microsoft Partner Program (MPP) Portal on August 19th.

Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM starting August 23rd.

OEMs will receive Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English and all Language Packs on July 29th.  The remaining languages will be available around August 11th.

For Volume Licensing Customers:

If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license, you will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM on August 19th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).

Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows Server 2008 R2 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.

IT Professionals:

IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish on August 14th and all remaining languages beginning August 21st.


Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish on August 14th and all remaining languages starting August 21st.

For Technical Enthusiasts:

Starting on August 20, you can download the 180 day evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2 from

Additionally, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available in the retail channel on September 14th.


Crissy House

Product Manager – Windows Server Marketing