Live Messenger and Live Writer on 2008 Server (or 2003 for that matter)

I’ve just completed a Dual-boot deployment of 2008 server on my home PC (so I can gradually migrate from Vista to 2008 server) – one of the first things I needed to do is fire up MSN Messenger, so I kick off the deployment package… WTF is this message?

Sorry, you can’t install Live products on server Operating systems.

So I quickly call my home boys (Fired up Google) and got the low-down on the shiz-nit (searched for "Windows Live Writer 2008 server"). Sure enough, the Live auto-downloader rejects anything but desktop OS’s, but you can download the MSI packs from Microsoft by following Daniel’s guide – here is his post (and another one – use Daniel’s Guide first) that explains how to use the WLInstaller.exe downloader tool to download the latest version of all the apps on another client PC (eg a computer running a desktop OS). So now I can msg my homies and rap using Messenger, then blog about my new record contract using Writer.

I have to get some sleep…


About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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