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Monthly Archives: September 2010

When you try to open an Excel 2010 document in the browser you may get an error message to the effect that the workbook cannot be opened as it contains features not supported by Excel in the browser. In this case the unsupported feature is XML Maps. Didn’t know you had XML Maps in your workbook? Tsk tsk.

To remove the unsupported feature in Excel 2010 there are a few things to do…

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1. Asset Intelligence is an online software catalog maintained by Microsoft and available as an add-in to System Center Configuration Manager SCCM 2007 R1 & R2 (it was first available for SMS 2003 SP3).

To obtain it you need to have Software Assurance on SCCM. For details on how this works (& doesn’t work) check the links on this blog.

2. Asset Inventory Service v1.5 is an online Software Asset Management tool for inventory & license management. Typically you would not use this service if you’re already using SCCM & Asset Intelligence. To obtain AIS you need first to be licensed for Windows with SA, then you need to subscribe to MDOP, which includes AIS among its 6 tools. Version 2.0 is due to be available in September (2010).

A related online service, called Intune, does for desktops & laptops what AIS does for the software installed on them, things such as patch management, malware protection, health monitoring. A license for Windows 7 Enterprise will apparently be included in the shipping release (currently it’s in its second beta).

There are a couple of excellent blogs on the differences between these two confusingly named asset management tools.

  • This one hightlights the required steps to enable Asset Intelligence in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R1 & R2 (with Software Assurance)
  • This one spells out the technical & licensing differences in blunt (& unambiguous) terms