EBS Hotfix for SharePoint 2010

So somehow I missed a tweet from Rob D’Oria, but apparently there’s an External BLOB Storage (EBS) hotfix that is necessary for SharePoint 2010 environments using EBS that was released back on September 7, 2010 with KB number 2398734.  The hotfix was primarily built to address the following EBS issues:

A customized external binary large object (BLOB) storage provider (EBS Provider) crashes the worker process (W3wp.exe) when you perform one of the following actions:

– You upload a file through the Windows Explorer view or through the Microsoft FrontPage remote procedure call (RPC).
– You upload files by using the Multi-File upload control.
– You create a publishing site.

The hotfix also addresses a scheduled password change process issue:

The scheduled password-change process fails when you try to use the automatic password change feature for a SharePoint farm service account. This issue occurs when the service account is not a member of the local Administrators group in Windows.

After installing the hotfix, be sure to run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard to ensure that it is absorbed into the rich ether of your SharePoint fiber. Smile

And on a side note, this hotfix does not seem to be a part of the October 2010 Cumulative Updates for either SharePoint Foundation Server or SharePoint Server.

Thanks again to Rob for the tip!

More impressions on EC2

So what more could I ask for than to continue to experiment with the Windows virtual machines available from Amazon Web Services elastic computer cloud?

I could ask for more flexibility and ease of use… though I suppose it’s more just getting used to the way that Elasticfox works and how to connect machines together appropriately.

What is most amazing to me is the Elastic Block Storage capability – the ability to quickly spawn a hard drive for your virtual machine to consume as an additional physical device.  What’s better is the ability to take this hard drive, detach it and reattach it to the next machine – great for holding your ISOs that you’re using for your machines or if you need additional SQL database space, just spawn another disk.

Overall, I’m still working on getting things tweaked for my own personal development environment that I can turn on and off when away from my desk.  Initial impressions are fairly positive.

Now Playing: Rory Stewart – The Places in Between (Unabridged)