WebPublisher on Windows Vista

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:27 AM

At time of writing (Feb 27, 2007) no Inmagic products officially support Windows Vista. But honestly, doing something "not officially supported" just makes it all the more fun, doesn't it?

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
-- Sir Edmund Hillary

We have nothing to fear but fear itself, though let it be said also that installing unsupported software on Vista is pretty terrifying.
-- Me

I'll describe how to get WebPublisher running, since the DB/TextWorks install is completely straightforward (hint: install it as administrator).

The WebPublisher install is no big deal; it's the permissions and IIS settings which are interesting.

Permissions

Vista has a built-in IUSR account which is just called "IUSR", not "IUSR_machinename". This, apparently, so ACL permissions can easily be copied from one maching to another. Good.

Confusing, though, is the existence of a new local group called IIS_IUSRS, which contrary to my  (probably foolish) expectation, does not actually contain IUSR. IIS_IUSRS replaces IIS_WPG.

Set permissions on the WebPubPro installation directory as follows:

%Program Files%\WebPubPro\ - IUSR READ
%Program Files%\WebPubPro\exec\ - IUSR READ & EXECUTE 
%Program Files%\WebPubPro\qsets\ - IUSR READ, WRITE

IIS Settings

The IIS 7 management console is unlike IIS 5 or 6.  Just enough to furrow your brow. Probably the WPP setup did not create a dbtw-wpd directory. This is unsupported software on Vista, crybaby!

Create a dbtw-wpd virtual directory, pointed to %Program Files%\WebPubPro\. Then

  1. Ensure the Handler Mapping for ISAPI-dll is enabled on this virtual directory, i.e. has "execute" handler permissions. (It has execute handler permissions disabled by default.)
  2. Go to the machine root in the IIS mgmt console, ISAPI and CGI restrictions, and add the WebPublisher dll as an "allowed restriction". This step is exactly like allowing the dll in IIS 6.

And that's it - you're on your merry way. 

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How to make change happen with your blog, wiki's, podcasts, and more @ Northern Voice 2007

by Administrator Friday, February 23, 2007 10:07 AM
I must say, being in a room full of blogger aficionados, wiki neophytes, avid podcasters, and especially "Non-Programmers" was a refreshing experience. Northern Voice 2007 (a non-profit personal blogging conference for techies and newbies alike) was held at UBC this year (February 23-24, 2007). Moose Camp (an organic, self-organizing, un-conference) kicked off the event with over 300 web developers and enthusiasts from around the world. Without a doubt, every participant shared (or ranted about) their success stories and of course debated about which blogging platform was the best (WordPress vs. Drupal vs. MovableType vs. Expression Engine). There were numerous Cool Web 2.0 Tools, Tips, & Tricks that I tried to absorb via osmosis (way too many that I will probably spend long nights playing with all of them). However, the one thing that impressed me the most (aside from snatching up a free t-shirt and funky buttons) is how these tools can remarkably help change an organization (ahem, we use lots of Web 2.0 tools on our web site), a community (ex. VanCity's ChangeEverything.ca), and even our very own lives (ex. Kristen's story and her adventures). Here are some of the sessions that I attended: The fine folks at Podcast Spot have recorded all the sessions and are available at http://northernvoice.podcastspot.com/. For photos, search via Flickr tag: nv07, northernvoice The interesting part about this conference is that participants are actually encouraged to whip out their notebooks and blog, instant message, write emails, upload flickr photos, and simultaneously podcast during presentations. [I personally never did that...well, I only moderately checked my email .... and I only made a few blog posts... and I only uploaded ONE photo...but I had to IM chat with.... ;) ]. I look forward to sharing my experience with our Andornot clients.

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Latest Information Outlook cover story: Research Asset Management: 7 Ways to Improve Your Resource Bank

by Administrator Friday, February 23, 2007 8:37 AM

The latest issue of Information Outlook features a cover story "Research Asset Management: 7 Ways to Improve Your Resource Bank" by Mary Anne North, VP Marketing, Inmagic, Inc.

Effective management of your organization's information assets can get you answers more quickly, save staff time and preserve institutional memory.

The article discusses best practices for research asset management, i.e. how to handle the myriad information sources and content types used by organizations in their day to day operations. Many examples are cited with case studies from various Inmagic clients.

We highly recommend this article to our special library clients - please contact us to find out how we can help you put some of these ideas into practice!

Click here to read the article which is made available courtesy of SLA.

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Presto v2 released by Inmagic, Inc.

by Administrator Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:45 PM

Inmagic, Inc. have announced the general release of version 2.0 of Inmagic® Presto research asset management software.

Presto is a web-based application that allows organizations to manage collections of information with many diverse content types. It is built on Microsoft® SQL™ Server and ASP.NET technologies and is available in several configurations to suit the needs of various size organizations.

Andornot is excited to now be able to offer this product to our clients and will be showcasing it at various events in the near future. Watch for more information and announcements soon!

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Inmagic software and Daylight Savings Time

by Administrator Sunday, February 18, 2007 9:20 PM
The following information is from Inmagic Knowledgebase article #2954. The Inmagic applications utilize the date/time from the operating system. Therefore, as the operating system complies with the US DST requirements, it will be reflected in the application. Refer to the following Microsoft article that outlines how these changes will affect your operating system and what Microsoft suggests may be needed for your system: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx Product(s): Content Server, BiblioTech PRO, DB/TextWorks, Genie Express, Genie, Presto, WebPublisher PRO

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