Net Stop Sens

This post is mostly a note to self, but hopefully it can save a little time for someone. I was just cranking up a new VPC to demo some document management features for a customer. Browsing the SharePoint webs worked like a charm, creating document libraries was no problem. But when I tried to save a document from word 2007 to a document library I got an annoying: ”This file cannot be saved to this location because there is no connection to the server. Check your network connection and try again.”

WordSaveError 

Also, the document panel failed to load.

I guess is that WebDAV or FrontPage RPC does not work connections the same way http does. I had no clue what this was so I spent a little time with my favorite search engine (live.com of course ;)).

Here is what made the error go away: net stop sens.

NetStopSens 

Apparently the System Event Notification Service (SENS) can be used by applications to determine bandwidth and such. And the office client uses it in some way. I have never encountered this problem in a production environment and even if I did, I don’t think turning off the service is the right solution. But in the case of a demo/development VPC, it’s fine in my book.