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MS Project Server Web Access – ActiveX registration error fix

Posted: May 7th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: howto | Tags: , , | No Comments »

No fix for this error? Read below, it might help.

The controls for Microsoft Project Web Access could not be downloaded correctly.
Please check your security settings in Internet Explorer or contact your system administrator.

I got this error two times: last year and I have fixed by using another account from the same machine, but this time I could not use another account… unfortunately.
After googling some time and trying this methods:

– Method 1: Configure Internet Explorer to permit the downloading of ActiveX controls.
– Method 2: Log on to your computer as Administrator, and then start Project Web Access to download the ActiveX controls.
– Method 3: Manually register the ActiveX controls.
source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/818046

But, it did not work.

Nothing worked to force the IE6 to accept the cabs. After some time, I have noticed a tooltip when you move the mouse pointer over the message that appears. The tooltip said something about revocation server offline.

I went back to google but nothing useful. So, I had a last look into IE6 settings and I have found this:

Check for server certificate revocation

After checking that option and restarting the IE everything went as expected.

Here is what worked for me:

Access MS Office Project Web Access from linux

Posted: March 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: howto, linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

After some time I have found (by googling) a way to use MS Project web access (2003 version) in IE6 running in wine.

The problem is the IE6 installation doesn’t include MDAC necessary to access project server for data.
IE6 uses some activex, which wont work without MDAC. Installing MDAC was a little bit tricky (there are only a few pages mentioning how to install it for ies4linux) but I am sure you’ll manage to do it.

Here are the steps (tested in ubuntu 7.10 i386):

-install wine
-install ies4linux

wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
cd ies4linux-*

– downlaod MDAC_TYP.EXE (search it on google) and copy it in “~/.ies4linux/ie6/drive_c/kits
– get wine ready to install MDAC:

export WINEPREFIX="/home/username/.ies4linux/ie6"
open winecfg and “Add programs” and select MDAC_TYP.EXE, select compatibility level to windows 2000
Save and close

– install MDAC_TYP.EXE

hit wine MDAC_TYP.EXE and follow on-screen wizard.

-open ms pwa (here it comes 🙂

open ie6 and add the hostname of the ms project server at the trusted sites
enter the url of the MS PWA
install activex packages (both) when you are asked

– enjoy


It consumes a lot of memory. You better have at leas 1gb. At first ran of PWA in wine, my ubuntu consumed 1.3GB RAM, and the load of the system was about 4. It’s a little bit slow.

Anyway, it’s running…

ms pwa