Xbox 360 Update

Another software/firmware update; The NXE (New Xbox Experience) is finally here — simply by connecting to Live everyone should now have been presented with the NXE update. It’s a major overhaul of the Xbox interface with a few much loved additional features such as “Install To Hard Drive”.

Head over to the New Xbox Experience website to find out more, or turn on your Xbox and start exploring with your new avatar 😉

FIX: Access is Denied 0×80070005

Recently I came across the problem where I was occasionally receiving an ‘Access is Denied 0×80070005′ error in the test environment for an ASP.NET application I was developing. After narrowing it down I discovered the error was only ever occurring when a call to the database was being made within the bounds of a TransactionScope(). After a quick search, I discovered a thread on the asp.net forums where someone else was having this issue as the MSDTC was not configured correctly.

Applying the same information from the aforementioned thread I soon discovered that the test vs development environments were showing similar results to that mentioned in the thread. In the end, the following solution resolved the problem.

Use sc sdshow msdtc on the server to display the current configuration, which should be similar to:

D:(A;;CCLCSWRPLOCRRC;;;S-1–2-0)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;IU)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;SU)(A;;CR;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)(A;;CCLCSWRPLORC;;;NS)S:(AU;FA;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;WD)

Using sc sdset msdtc change the section in red to read as (A;;CCLCSWRPRC;;;WD) e.g:

D:(A;;CCLCSWRPLOCRRC;;;S-1–2-0)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)(A;;CCLCSWRPRC;;;WD)(A;;CCLCSWRPLORC;;;NS)S:(AU;FA;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;WD)

Fix Outlook Calendar View

Have you ever lost the default Microsoft Outlook Calendar view, instead only to be presented with the filtered list view? In order to get the default view back simply run outlook with the /CleanViews flag set. E.g.

“C:/Program Files/Microsoft Office/OFFICE11/OUTLOOK.EXE”  /CleanViews