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VMWare Tools 10.0.5.3227872 & SydeBySide Event ID 33

One of our customers had some problems with the new deployed VMWare Tools 10.0.5 on their W2k12 r2 Systems. The W2k8 r2 systems had no problems.

From time to time we found the event ID 33 with the following two errors:

Activation context generation failed for “C:\Program Files\VMWareTools\plugins\vmusr\vmtray.dll”. Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture=”amd64″,publicKeyToken=”1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,type=”win32″,version=”9.0.30729.4148″ could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

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Activation context generation failed for “C:\Program Files\VMWareTools\plugins\vmusr\dndcp.dll”. Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture=”amd64″,publicKeyToken=”1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,type=”win32″,version=”9.0.30729.4148″ could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

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After searching a while I found out that this error message only appears when a new user logs in to the server. There was neither a VMWare Tools icon on the notification area visible.

Most of similar problems where indicating that there is a problem with the Visual Studio for C++.

First of all I used the SFC command (sfc /scannow) to check if all system binaries where ok. Did received no error from the system.

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Then I used the sxstrace like in the event written. First of all i started the sxstrace to trace the errors:

c:\windows\system32\sxstrace Trace -logfile:c:\temp\sxstrace.log

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A friend of me logged now also in to the system to reproduce the error. After he logged in, I saw the new event entries in the event viewer. Now I could stop the the tracing by pressing enter.

The binary output c:\temp\sxstrace.log could now be converted in a txt file. For this, we used the following command:

c:\windows\system32\sxstrace Parse -logfile:c:\temp\sxstrace.log -outfile:c:\temp\sxstraceOutPut.txt

 

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Now the txt file was readable and it could be opened and searched for error messages like this one:

ERROR: Cannot resolve reference Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture=”amd64″,publicKeyToken=”1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,type=”amd64″,version=”9.0.30729.4148″.

So, I compared the installed Visual C++ versions on the W2k8 and W2k12 systems. There I found out that the following version was not installed on the w2k12 systems:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.4148

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I download it from the microsoft site and installed it manually.

After installing it, I didn’t receive any more those errors. This seems to be the SP1 for the Visual C++ 2008 Redestributable package.

But why this isn’t installed with the VMWare Tools package? Is this maybe not included in the package?

After checking with the software packager of the enterprise, we found out that by installing only the MSI, the C++ will not be installed. When you install the software with the EXE, the C++ is preinstalled.

So, we had to package the following two software packages:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 9.0.30729.6161

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.4148

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After deploying those two packages, every w2k12 was running perfectly again.

vExpert 2016

Hi people out there!

I HAVE IT! Yes, VMWare announced yesterday the new vExperts for 2016 and I’m also one of them! Yeah 🙂

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You can have a look at the announcement page: http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html

Thanks to VMWare and also thanks to all credentials who gave such a good feedback for my work in the last years

Hope I can contribute this year as much as I did in 2015!

Regards

vExpert 2016 Applications are now open

Kind VMWare enthusiasts

Just wanted to let you know that the vExpert applications are now open.

I will try it this year for the first time and hope that I recieve a positive feedback from VMWare. If I get the certificate I will write a little “how to” for getting the certificate.

For new applicants please use this form: https://form.jotform.com/52986265867980

Current vExperts can use this form: https://form.jotform.com/40345965737969

If you want to get more information about the vExpert program, please have a look at the VMWare vExpert Blog:

https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2015/11/vexpert-2016-applications-are-now-open.html

VPXA.wordpress.com goes VPXA.info

I finally migrated my blog from the public wordpress server to a private one.

One of the reasons for the migration was the possibilty to customize the website directly by editing the files. The second reason for the migration was the lower price for hosting than for the premium or business wordpress.com plans. They are to expensive for the features you recieve.

Thanks to wpbeginner.com for creating this useful post explaining how to migrate wordpress.com to wordpress.org. With this tutorial  it is really foolproofed and you can simply migrate it.

After the migration I added the Jetpack for WordPress and added a new design. I hope you like the new design.

In the next few days I will update the blog with new features and content. So please stay tuned!

Please use from now on the  new URL: http://vpxa.info

The old site will be deleted in the next few days