Lab for course 6664 - "Server Error in '/msllabs' Application" RRS feed

  • Question

  • Both yesterday and today I have tried to complete the lab for course 6664, and both times I have encountered errors which have stopped the lab working.  Each time the error was after I had spent about 90 minutes on the lab, so I am reluctant to try starting from scratch again!

    Yesterday I pressed backspace several times in succession quickly while editing code and it seemed to interpret them as a browser back button presses, which caused me to lose everything.  I got

    Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManagerParserErrorException, then
    Server Error in '/msllabs' Application.  Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    For full messages see screenshots 1 & 2:

    Today I did not press backspace as described.  Spontaneously (possibly due to a connection glitch?) I got http://www.toplev.com/Miscellaneous/elearningfeedback/ScreenshotOfLabError3.png
    then as in screenshot 1 again.

    What I would really like is to be able to download the sample files and use them locally on my own PC with my own copy of Visual Studio - or please could an MS support person email them to me?

    I think the Virtual Machine approach is a really nice idea in principle but in practice it did not work well for me for the following reasons as well:
    - Forced to use tiny window; I gather from your FAQ the resolution cannot be increased above 800 x 600. This was standard in about 1997 and is very cramped for using Visual Studio 2008!
    - Cannot save part way through
    - Screen redraw is slow (not due to my connection as I can remote control other machines in London no problem)
    - 2 hour time allowance does not seem long enough
    - Keyboard layout set to US not UK, so Shift+2  gave @ not “, similar problem with # (you can fix this in control panel but it uses valuable time, and you have to do it every time)
    Cannot copy & paste text to/from VM, e.g. from instructions into code
    - I had trouble initially installing VMRC Advanced ActiveX – kept getting error 1000, one time got error 1009.  Eventually I resolved it by visiting another site to install the ActiveX (searched Google and found an MSDN forum post containing a link (actually used Google’s cache of the forum post because the real link was giving an http 500 error).

    The above are a shame because it seems to me to be so nearly a very good and useful resource.
    Friday, August 15, 2008 11:50 AM

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  • Hi There-

    Can you contact me at learnmgr@microsoft.com so I an put you in touch with the team that supports the labs?

    Program Manager, Server and Tools Online Engineering Live Services Team
    Monday, September 1, 2008 6:39 PM