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  • Question

  • Hello,


    I would like to test Zentity, I have a 'model' I wish to import and then I plan to throw a bit of data at it from various user accounts to see how it copes.

    I have spent 2 days trying to install it and it still does not work. Do you not have a Zentity VM image available?

    OR where have I gone wrong.

    I have a new Win 7 pro VM.

    With SQL express, I then installed with SQL Exp Adv, (I am following the 48 page install guide)
    Server and client installed, (no errors - eventually)
    But I cannot run the US presidents demo

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 5:38 PM

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  • Hi,

    It’s unfortunate. Can you please tell me what error message you are getting?


    1)      you can check whether all the Zentity services are running or not.

    2)      The Zentity runs under the account who installed it. If you have changed the credentials you need to provide them again in the services.

    3)      Refer this link, which is related  account issues.



    • Proposed as answer by Kalnemi Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:38 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by sjj698 Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:37 PM
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:37 AM
  • Hello,
    I have removed all traces of SQL and Zentity, as I thought SQl may be the issue. This time I have installed the full SQL Server R2 (not express), and the complete Zentity + client, without errors.
    All steps were followed in the Install guide, and I rechecked IIS, full text and named pipes.
    This time all services run as the current full Admin user.
    I have imported all the powershell modules:
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts> Get-Command -noun Zentity*
    CommandType  Name            Definition
    -----------  ----            ----------
    Function  Add-ZentityNavigationPropertyToResourceType   ...
    Function  Add-ZentityScalarPropertyToResourceType    ...
    Function  Add-ZentityServiceToConfig       ...
    Function  Cancel-ZentityPublishingByInstanceID    ...
    Function  Cancel-ZentityPublishingByResourceType    ...
    Function  Check-ZentityServiceExists       ...
    Function  Close-ZentityHostConfigurationFile     ...

    If I try to get a resource type it returns an object:
    PS C:\temp\PresDataImp> Get-ZentityResourceTypeConfiguration Zentity.ScholarlyWorks Journal

    ExtensionData : System.Runtime.Serialization.ExtensionDataObject
    disableCollectionCreation : False
    facets : {Zentity ResourceType, Title, DateModified, Id...}
    link : Zentity.Services.Web.Pivot.Link
    name : Journal
    visual : Zentity.Services.Web.Pivot.Visual
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts>

    Check to see if the services are running: (they are)
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts> net start
    These Windows services are started:
     Zentity Notification Service
     Zentity Publishing Service
    Try to create a collection from resource (fail) - where are the logs, nothing in IIS or the event log?
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts> Create-ZentityPivotCollectionFromResourceType Zentity.ScholarlyWorks Journal
    Request sent to publishing service. Please wait...
    Instance ID : 2bb7b4b2-eb73-4f79-b4b0-f573cd410d00
    Create-ZentityPivotCollectionFromResourceType : Publishing was cancelled due to an error. Please check the publishing service logs for more information.
    At line:1 char:46
    + Create-ZentityPivotCollectionFromResourceType <<<< Zentity.ScholarlyWorks Journal
     + CategoryInfo   : NotSpecified: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
     + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.WriteErrorException,Create-ZentityPivotCollectionFromResourceType
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts>

    ...cont in next message, could not submit as one message (!)
    • Edited by sjj698 Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:31 PM
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:25 PM
  • Check to see is SQL is working and the txt services are started
    PS C:\Program Files (x86)\Zentity\PowerShell scripts> net start | Select-String SQL*
      SQL Full-text Filter Daemon Launcher (MSSQLSERVER)
      SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)
      SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)
      SQL Server Browser
      SQL Server Integration Services 10.0
      SQL Server VSS Writer

    Try to run demo:
    PS C:\temp\PresDataImp> Create-ZentityDataModelClientSetup .\PivotDemo.xml .\PivotDemo.xsd PivotDemo.Model
    A new Data Model has been added and an update is required to reflect the changes. Press any key to continue
    Zentity Console : Data Modeling Service
        -- function list --
    Update is in Progress
    Generation of Assemblies done.
    Stopping the Publishing Service. Please wait
    Exception calling "Stop" with "0" argument(s): "Cannot open PublishingService service on computer 'zentity.[SNIP Domain]'."
    Data Model Generation Done.
    PS C:\temp\PresDataImp>

    Ok, so it looks like something is up with the service but the firewall is OFF and the
    PublishingService service is running
    Any ideas?

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:30 PM
  • Hi,


    Please restart the Zentity services and try again. If the error still persists you can see the log files for the publishing services to see the error related with the commandlet. Zentity logs files are located in there respective folders for each component. For publishing services you can check at

    C:\Program Files\Zentity\Pivot\Publishing\Logs



    • Proposed as answer by Kalnemi Friday, July 8, 2011 8:17 AM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 8:16 AM
  • Thanks, i get this error:

    Title: Error :: LoadAssemblyCache - Could not load file or assembly 'System.Windows, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7cec85d7bea7798e' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    Message: Parameter Information

    System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly 'System.Windows, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7cec85d7bea7798e' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    File name: 'System.Windows, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7cec85d7bea7798e'
       at System.Reflection.RuntimeAssembly.GetExportedTypes(RuntimeAssembly assembly, ObjectHandleOnStack retTypes)
       at System.Reflection.RuntimeAssembly.GetExportedTypes()
       at Zentity.Services.Web.AssemblyCache.LoadAssemblyCache()

    WRN: Assembly binding logging is turned OFF.
    To enable assembly bind failure logging, set the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog] (DWORD) to 1.
    Note: There is some performance penalty associated with assembly bind failure logging.
    To turn this feature off, remove the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog].

    Timestamp: 08/07/2011 09:40:03
    Severity: Error
    App Domain: /LM/W3SVC/2/ROOT/VisualExplorer-2-129545879754091722

    Any ideas?





    Friday, July 8, 2011 8:38 AM
  • I am looking into this. I will keep you posted on the updates.


    Friday, July 8, 2011 8:48 AM
  • Hi,

    The issue does not seem to be directly connected with Zentity. Can you please check whether  the required assembly is installed in the GAC or not. If the correct version is not installed you can install it from the location

    C:\Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\Silverlight\v4.0\System.Windows.dll

    Using gacutil.exe

    Please let me know if this helps you in resolving this issue.


    • Proposed as answer by Kalnemi Friday, July 8, 2011 11:32 AM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 11:31 AM
  • Hello,


    The file exists. I reinstalled Silverlight 4 (using the Web Platform , this time) and it has got rid of this error.

    It also installed the VS Silverlight tools.




    Friday, July 8, 2011 4:22 PM