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Passed MCTS 70-536 Application Development Foundation. No Botulism.

February 9, 2009

Three cheers for me.

Since my MCSD in VB.NET for Framework 1.1 seemed about as relevant as expertise in developing stone-tool based UIs I decided to forge toward MCTS.

I passed 70-536 this morning with a scorching score of 947.
All credit to Actual Tests, of course.

I celebrated with a Two Choices On Boiled Rice for $A7.00 from Arike Japanese Take-Away in the local Food Court and do not yet have Botulism which makes it a double-win morning.

So now I’m your man if you want to say, define a Dynamic Assembly, load it into a child Application Domain and then save it to disk – one of the perhaps more obscure highlights of what Microsoft feels is Foundational Framework knowledge.

Of 40 questions there were only four questions which were not in the Actual Tests package. Of these one was a straightforward question about Threading, two were about IComparable (e.g. implementing type-safe IComparable) and one was a completely sick question about the ConfigurationElement class and how you use it to read a ConfigurationSection in conjunction with its DeserialiseElement method. That one was indistinguishable from encrypted Swahili but judging from the results I apparently got it right.

The test covered a broad area and I would say I was fairly fortunate with the selection I got served up. Only one question on Encryption and only one on Compression. About four on Globalisation.

So now I am one third of a MCPD or half an MCTS depending on how you slice it. Which puts me at least equal to this nine-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu. I have a horrific feeling of destiny that she will be my next Project Manager.

One thing about the Microsoft self-study materials, the examples on Encryption, Compression and many other topics are nowhere near as advanced as those in the Actual Tests package. It doesn’t seem right. The self-study materials should match the complexity and range of the exams but they don’t.

The official Microsoft self-study materials should be sufficient to pass the Microsoft exams.


Windows Installer Service Cannot Be Accessed

January 20, 2009

There’s a number of Web Pages about this issue, including official Microsoft Support pages but EventID.NET has the best one.

This is because EventID.NET breaks down the Event ID of the error into specific OS-level error codes, each of which has a different fix. You can find the underlying OS error from Event Viewer in your Computer Management Console under Control Panel.

Finding The Specific OS-Error
Microsoft Installer “Windows Installer Service cannot be accessed throws Event ID 1015. Hunt for this in your Application Event Viewer.


Double click the Event 1015 entry to see the specific OS error:


Take the Event ID to EventID.NET

Go to EventID.NET, type in the EventID you discovered, find the section for MSInstaller, click that, and read through the entries until you find one that refers to your specific OS error.

Either that or just Google on the error message/code you found in the Event Properties and pick the EventID.NET link.

Looks like I was a victim of Failed to connect to server. Error: 0x800706BA. Thanks to the EventID.NET page linked above, and Dmitry Zavgorodniy, who described the fix, I found that this was because:

Dmitriy Zavgorodniy (Last update 4/25/2005):
– Error code: 0x800706BA (Error code 0x800706BA) – This problem occurred when I tried to Add/Remove options for Office 2003 SP1. Check the status of the service “DCOM Server Process Launcher”, if it’s disabled, change the mode to automatic, and start it

I followed Dmitriy’s advice and Windows Installer Service perked up better than Collagen lip-implants.

I also checked that the Windows Installer Service mode was ‘Automatic’. It was ‘Manual’ with a Status of Stopped which would have left it decidedly inert.

Am I MCSA yet ?

The Long Way

Before encountering the shining brilliance of EventID.NET I Googled the Microsoft Support pages and tried method 1, method 2, regedit this, reboot that, rubbing the eyelids of two-headed Cane Toads across the DVD Drive, all to no avail, except for letters of protest from Friends Of Deformed Noxious Vermin Inc..

Get the specific OS error out of the Event Viewer, that’s the trick.


If your DVD Drive should stench of decayed Cane Toad giblets, try this.
More info on DCOM Process Launcher Service here and here and of course here

The Dangers Of Unsupervised Internet Access

December 23, 2006

Temporarily between projects I should be swotting for my MCTS but instead find myself doing this:

hostage drama
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I can has MCTS ? Pleez ?

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