Hope this helps someone. After upgrading to IE9 and SQL Server 2008 R2 CU7, I found that I couldn't access Report Manager anymore. I found that even though I was in the BUILTIN\Administrators group, that I had to specifically add myself to the Content Managers role in Reporting Services for the root folder of Report Manager. (I have no idea why as it used to work ok) NOTE: I had to do this with UAC turned off, otherwise, Site Settings, etc. were not visible. Remember to turn UAC back on if you did this temporarily.
But the bigger issue was that Report Builder 3.0 would not launch, even after I got the button back on the screen. The message was that I needed to install the .NET Framework 3.5, even though I already had .NET Framework 4.0 installed. Nothing I did seemed to fix the problem.
In the end, the issue is that Report Builder 3.0 will not launch from Report Manager in IE9 unless you enable Compatibility Mode (normally used for older web sites that don't render properly in IE9) for the Report Manager web site. Once I set Compatibility Mode, Report Builder 3.0 launched as expected.
Hope this helps save someone else a bunch of time.
I've published another SQL Down Under podcast. This time it's Mark Tabladillo discussing SQL Server data mining. It's available now at: http://www.sqldownunder.com.
At our company we teach quite a lot of classes and that means we do a lot of printing. So, we decided to move up to a really serious printer. Whenever we go to a high-end print shop, they all use Fuji Xerox Docucenter printers. So we thought we should get one.
These are truly amazing printers/copiers. The print quality is the best available. The print speed is awesome (and just based on your budget). The capabilties are exactly what we need. The printers are renowned for their reliability and the price of the printers reflects their high-end status.
However, given a company claims to have the best product available, charges a price that matches those claims and also says that it almost never breaks down, how long would you imagine they would warrant it for? 12 months? 24 months? 36 months? 5 years?
I was a little stunned to see that they cover only the cost of parts for 3 months. Yes, that's no misprint. It's 3 months.
I am assured this is "normal" for this segment of the industry. Am I alone in finding this more than a little odd? A small car manufacturer would warrant their similarly-priced product for 3 or 5 years today.
I understand that most people buy these with some sort of ongoing service agreement but is there any other industry where you sell items that cost as much as a car and only warrant it for 3 months? What message does that really send about the manufacturer's confidence in their own product?
I had a day of mixed emotions today.
I (and I assume most of the world) have been horrified by this "religious" massacre in Afghanistan: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/two-beheaded-florida-quran-burning-triggers-massacre-at-un-office-in-afghanistan/
Today, however, I also had the reverse experience and a seriously uplifting one. This afternoon I drove through Marysville. For those that don't know it, it's a town that was wiped off the face of the map by bushfires in Victoria a while back. Hundreds of people died. I was roughly in the area and so I made a point of popping into Marysville to see how they were coping. In general, I find that the people in those towns don't want hand-outs so much as business. So I try to visit them and spend some cash in their shops, etc.
But it was the people in the bakery cafe that impressed me today. I saw a tin-can for donations on the counter. I wandered up to look at it. I thought it was a good idea to contribute to helping the locals. What impressed me most was that the collections were for flood victims in Queensland and Victoria, not for Marysville at all. Given what a mess they are currently dealing with themselves, that's seriously impressive and uplifting to see.