Obtaining the latest setup binaries for the OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client

Microsoft is working on creating a unified OneDrive Windows sync client for both consume OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. This is very good news and you can read all about it here.

But the download links on the Office support pages are not for the latest version of the Next Generation Sync client (ODNGSC). At the time of this writing the latest version is 17.3.6349.0306, but the download link is for 17.3.6302.0225.  So why does this matter? The ODNGSC updates itself as part of an Office 2016 update cycle or individually. When you deploy the client you might have some issues that are blocking you, stopping you from completing setup. If that is the case the client cannot update itself, because initial setup has not been completed. So you can’t get the version that might fix your setup problem. Catch 22.

To work around this and perform initial setup with the latest ODNGSC, do this:

On a machine that has the latest version, navigate to:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update

In that folder you will find the setup file (OneDriveSetup.exe) for the latest client. If you look in the Update.xml file in the same directory you will also find the URL of where that client was downloaded, something like https://oneclient.sfx.ms/Win/Team/17.3.6349.0306/OneDriveSetup.exe.

Fixed some problems with the blog

Ever since I performed an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition on the server hosting this blog, I have been having problems when adding or edition content as my regular user. I would, for instance, try to create a new post or edit an existing one, the server would then return a white page with the words 403 FORBIDDEN. That was it. I tried Googling this error and installing some WSS hotfixes, but nothing resolved the problem. If I logged on as an administrator I could update and add content fine.
 
This situation finally became untenable so I decided to redo the WSS install. I first made a backup of the content database containing all the content from the sites. I then uninstalled WSS and the WSS language pack. Removed the Web Server Role. Removed the .NET Framework, Windows Internal Database, SMTP Server and Remote Administation Tools features. And finally, deleted the inetpub directory.
 
I reinstalled all the above software, roles and features and restored the content database. I had to redo all the configuration because I did not want to restore the configuration database. But luckily that was not too much work.
 
Now the error seems to be resolved, so you can look forward to a few more postings in the future.
 
Here are a few of the postings I have planned:
  • Using Wireshark network analyzer to decipher SSL traffic.
  • Configuring ISA Server 2006 to publish Outlook Anywhere using Kerberos Constrained Delegation. (Judging by the amount of spam comments on the first post on this topic, this should be popular.)
  • A few more I can’t remember right now

Upgrading from Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition

I recently was given a couple of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition special Not For Resale evaluation packs. These were given out at the Heroes Happen Here event here in Norway. Since my main Windows Server 2008 machine, running Standard Edition, was unlicensed at the moment I thought I would upgrade it to the NFR Enterprise edition.

I popped in the DVD and selected Upgrade from the install wizard. The process started and took about 45-60 minutes. Everything seemed to work after the upgrade. The screen resolution was reset to the default 800×600 and I had to reinstall the NIC driver, but apart from that everything seemed fine. After a little while I noticed that the server was acting sluggish and soon discovered that the MS Exchange System Attendant service (mad.exe) was consuming 100 % CPU continuously. In addition to being my Domain Controller the server was also running Exchange 2007, and apparently Exchange did not like that the underlying OS had been upgraded. I had half-way expected this and went into the Exchange install folder to run setup again in maintenance mode (setup.com /mode:recoverserver). Ufortunately, setup did not give me an option to recover the server, it just told me to select a new role to install. I then tried to use setup.com /mode:upgrade and now the server went through a reinstall. After the System Attendant was working normally and there were no issues. I also reinstall the latest rollup for Exchange.

So now I have a licensed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition server. The NFR pack says it is a special one year evaluation version, but slmgr.vbs does not report an expiration date. Hopefully it will last indefinitely.

Great opening lines

Some books distinguish themselves by having exceptionally good opening lines. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
  • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    It was a pleasure to burn.

More to come.

Morgan’s favorite quotes #1

Religion:
“May God protect you from his followers.”
 
Good luck:
“May the Wombat of Happiness snuffle through your underbrush.”
Ancient Aborigine blessing

Another SharePoint Services Update

I upgraded the server hosting the blog to WSS 3.0 RTM yesterday. Some small problems since I had been running TR2, but it worked out OK. Now I am just waiting for the Norwegian language pack to become available so that I can migrate the sites that are in norwegian.

Also have a few new posts ready, that I have written offline in the past two weeks. I could not upload them directly beacuse I have upgraded my firewall to ISA 2006 and it had to be reconfigured.

Morgan

Blog back online!

I finally got the blog back online (did anyone even notice that it was gone?).
 
I have completed an upgrade of the server that hosts the blog and am now running Windows SharePoint Service 3.0 Beta 2 Technical Refresh, intead of the old cBlog template for WSS 2.0.
 
I must say WSS 3.0 looks good. Looking forward to testing it some more. The bad news is that there is yet no language template for Norwegian, which is my native language, so all the other sites on the server are not yet available.
 
I will be back with more posts soon.

Outlook tip

Just discovered a new hotkey in Outlook that I previously did not know about. When typing names in the To field you are often presented with the drop down list of previously resolved addresses from the Outlook local cache. This cache is stored in a file usually called outlook.nk2 in you userprofile directory tree. But if you have not previously used the address and want Outlook to try to resolve it you can press CTRL+K. This is the same as pressing the Check Names button on the toolbar.

Welcome to my Blog!

OK, so this is my blog. Here I will post various items I find interesting. Topics will most probably be from the world of computers, but maybe I will add other topics as well if I find them interesting enough. Watch this space!