New Microsoft Empower Program Link – Get MSDN Universal on the cheap–just $375!

This is an update my previous blog post about the Microsoft Empower program. Here is the new link to the program:


https://empower-isv.one.microsoft.com/isv/programguide/Default.aspx


If you keep clicking the Next button, you’ll get to the Benefits page which, among other things, lists the following benefit that you get for just $375:


Development and Testing Licenses
MSDN® Universal Subscription
(Licenses included in MSDN are for development and testing only)

One (1) MSDN Universal license and four (4) user licenses. Up to five (5) partner staff members can use MSDN licenses for development and testing concurrently.


Basically, they require that you build an application that supports one of the following platforms:


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*Microsoft Software **Software Tests
Microsoft® Windows® .NET Server 2003 Certified for Windows® .NET Server 2003
Designed for Windows® Server 2003
Microsoft® Windows® XP Designed for Windows® XP Testing
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Verified Compatible for Microsoft® Windows® 2000
Certified for Microsoft® Windows® 2000
Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Certified for SQL Server™ 2000
Microsoft® mobility platform (Microsoft® Windows® for Pocket PC, Microsoft® Windows® for Smartphone) Designed for Windows® for PocketPC
Designed for Windows® for Smartphone
Microsoft® Office Microsoft® Platform Test for ISV Solutions – OS component, Office Component
OR
Designed for Windows® and Office Component
Microsoft® .NET Web services Microsoft® Platform Test for ISV Solutions – OS component , Web service component
OR
Designed for Windows® and Web service component
Microsoft® .NET Framework Microsoft® Platform Test for ISV Solutions – OS component, Managed Code component
OR
Designed for Windows® and Managed Code component
Microsoft® Business Solutions Microsoft® Business Solutions Test for ISV Solutions-Great Plains;
Microsoft® Business Solutions Test for ISV Solutions-Navision;
Microsoft® Business Solutions Test for ISV Solutions-Axapta;
Microsoft® Business Solutions Test for ISV Solutions-Solomon
Microsoft® Small Business Accounting Microsoft® Small Business Accounting

Create Instance Failed in Object Test Bench – Culprit: Enable SQL Server Debugging

I’ve had a number of developers ask me about encountering the “Create Instance Failed” error messsage when instantiating an object at design time in conjunction with the Object Test Bench.


I was able to consistently reproduce this error by turning on Enable SQL Server debugging. If you are experiencing this problem, you can try the following to see if it “fixes” the problem:


  1. Right-click your project and select Properties from the shortcut menu.
  2. Under Debug, uncheck Enable SQL Server debugging if it’s selected

You may also get this error if you are working in a Web project. If you disable the Web site from being compiled you can get past this error.


Best Regards,


Kevin McNeish
Microsoft .NET MVP
President, Oak Leaf Enterprises, Inc.
Web: http://www.oakleafsd.com