SkyDrive Limits Update

Today, Microsoft released its latest revision to the Windows Live SkyDrive file hosting and sharing platform. As a result of the change, the user storage limits have been reduced from 25GB to 7GB. If you have an existing Windows Live ID, then as a loyalty reward, you can get a free upgrade to 25GB, allowing you to keep your existing storage limit.

To do this, simply login to SkyDrive at, login as normal and select the Upgrade banner near the top of page. Hurry though as this is being reported as a limited time offer.

Supported SQL Server Versions for System Center 2012

Following on from my post SQL Disk Space Error Installing SCAC 2012 I contacted Microsoft Premier Support to confirm the supported service pack levels for SQL Server 2008 because the release notes were very wooly as to whether Service Pack 3 was supported as well as the stated Service Pack 2.

Here is the response I recieved from them:

When I sent my request to the product group, the Group Program manager for SC 2012, replied back that those products listed are the only ones that were tested and thus fully supported.

It is entirely possible that you could run with SQL 2008 SP3 with no issues, but if a problem is encountered related to the databases we may request you relocate the database to one of the listed SQL platforms.

Until SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 3 is recognised as tested and supported, I’d recommend that you just go with Service Pack 2 and install the latest Cumulative Update, which is currently Cumulative Update 9.

SQL Disk Space Error Installing SCAC 2012

When installing SCAC (System Center App Controller) 2012 RTM yesterday, I encountered an error at the SQL database definition step “The Specified Database has Insufficent Disk Space”.

Let it be a lesson to us all to properly review the release notes prior to installing products.

SCAC (System Center App Controller) supports the following SQL database servers:

SQL Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise with Service Pack 2
SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter

Suprisingly though, the release note make no mention as to whether service pack levels above those stated are supported (such as SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 3 or SQL Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1). One would assume that they will support any upward versions and that the versions stated as the minimum supported, but you never know?

Typo in SCAC 2012 AppControllerSetupWizard Log

When installing SCAC (System Center App Controller) 2012, you may need to review the installation logs. These are placed in the %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp\AppController\Logs path.

Reviewing the log today, I found a typo in the file. It’s not anything that’s going to effect the installation, but worth noting if you are trying to search the log files for particular keywords.

10:14:02:RemoveConceroRegistry: Removing registry key on rollbak.

This should obviously read rollback not rollbak.

HTML Webpart to Hide Quick Launch in SharePoint

I’m currently running a test lab for the purposes of development of a Version 4 Master Page and CSS Stylesheet for SharePoint 2010 to replace the legacy Version 3 UI we are using at work. Whilst developing my flash new fixed width master page and layout I wanted to be able to hide the quick launch on the homepage so that I had the full width of the layout to give the site an eye-catching look.

Using the HTML Webpart we are able to inject some inline CSS Styles which do this for us.

Add the HTML Webpart anywhere on the page that you want to hide the Quick Launch on and add the following source code to it:

<style type=”text/css”>
/* Hide Quick Launch on Homepage */
#s4-leftpanel {
.s4-ca {

Make sure you configure the Webpart as Modeless so that the users don’t see the title of what is essentially a blank Webpart shown in the interface, and that’s it.