Microsoft CRM 4.0 Rollup 3 Client Install Issues

I ran into an issue today where I could not get Hotfix Rollup 3 for Microsoft CRM Outlook Client to install on a Windows 2003 server.  The error was:

Action Microsoft.CRM.UpdateWrapper.MspInstallAction failed

This is a 10 server Citrix farm, and I tried a couple of the servers and received the same error.  After much research, we found that the original RTM client that was installed probably from the CRM media was a slightly different version than what the rollup was expecting.  Oh, and we also tried rollup 2 and 4, but received the same error.

What we finally determined was that we needed a different client installed.  So we uninstalled the client, and downloaded this one:

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System Paged Pool Memory Issues

Ran into an issue today on a Windows 2003 Citrix farm.  As soon as about 30 users logged into a server, any user thereafter received the following error:

Windows cannot load the user’s profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.

Detail: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service.

Event IDs 1505 and 1508 errors appeared in the application log.

The server had plenty of memory left, so it wasn’t actually that the server ran out of RAM.  It was just an issue with how Windows was allocating it.  After some research, I found this article:

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Streamed, Provisioned and Hosted, Oh My!

I’m just back from Citrix Summit and Synergy that was held in Las Vegas last week.  It has been amazing to see the transformation that Citrix has made the last 18 months or so in their product offerings and direction.  Before that time, they seemed to be a sinking ship as their flagship product Presentation Server was losing ground as Microsoft added more and more functionality to Terminal Services.  They seemed to grasp for straws by buying some strange companies (Ardence) and developing some seemingly unneeded applications (Easycall).  Even when they bought XenSource, I was wondering what, if any, plan they had.

Now, it seems as though most of those purchases were very smart and very strategic.  The complete solution they now offer with XenServer, XenDesktop, XenApp and Provisioning Server is very compelling.  It seems as though no one out there has such a comprehensive, feature-rich solution.  They are completely focused on the virtualized environment of the future.  The fact that they are now beginning to offer their physical appliances as virtual appliances just goes to show how commited they are to the vision.  You can always criticize them for their bad habit of changing product names, but you can’t criticize their vision.

Tentative Calendar of Major Upcoming Microsoft Releases

This past week I was working with a client of mine to determine their upgrade plans over the next couple of years.  Since the majority of their environment is Microsoft, we looked for a good roadmap from Microsoft, but came up with nothing current.  So I went to a few of the product homepages and came up with the following list, which I think is helpful:

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