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How to Fix Tiny Tiny RSS was unable to start – Startup Failed

  Tiny Tiny RSS was unable to start properly Please set SELF_URL_PATH to the correct value detected for your server. Basically this error is telling you that the path in the config.php file is invalid for some reason. The most likely reason being that the http:// is defined and it should be https:// If you open the file config.php in your favourite editor And navigate to line 21,  depending on your version and edits to the file. You can update your pat URL to include the “s” in https Save and you should be able to access the site correctly.

Securing your Website with SSL

Why is SSL Necessary for your Website and the Benefits of using SSL Certificates

Why you need SSL security on your Website in 2020 Is the implementation of SSL important for your website? The answer to that is simply YES… And we are about to list some of the common reasons that SSL encryption on your website is more important than ever. But first, let’s explain exactly what SSL encryption is… What is SSL/TSL Encryption Putting is simply, is is when you access a website using HTTPS:// before the address in place of HTTP://. Websites that use https:/// are using some cleaver encryption that ensures that information sent to the website browsers and from the website browser to the website is secured and cannot be intercepted by people spying on your connection. Sites without this encryption send information back and forth as plain text. Making it super simple for anyone who is looking at this information to read all of it. This includes passwords… Read More »Why is SSL Necessary for your Website and the Benefits of using SSL Certificates

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Free SSL Certificates on IIS Using – Certify The Web

How to Set Up Free SSL Certificates on IIS Using – Certify The Web Using SSL to secure your website these days is very important. Many browsers throw messages to users who visit sites that are http:// and not https://. Although these warning can be ignored, they are concerning for users who do not understand the meaning of a browser when they say something like “This Site is Not Secure”. It is kind of unprofessional too for hosts not to offer to install SSL certificates for their clients. The solution and the How to Set Up Free SSL Certificates on IIS Using – Certify The Web is really rather easy. On your Windows server running IIS and your website in question, browse to: Certify The Web Download And access the download.  Run the download as an Administrator user either logged in as one or “Run as Administrator” Accept the Agreement and… Read More »Free SSL Certificates on IIS Using – Certify The Web

WHMCS Email Piping

WHMCS email piping for Support Ticket

How to Setup Email Piping in WHMCS via cPanel Email Setting up WHMCS email piping for Support Ticket generation from inbound emails. Email Piping in WHMCS allows you to receive email messages directly into your WHMCS support department. This allows customers to email you at an email address and rather than need to be connected to that email account, you will receive the messages as a new ticket into your WHMCS ticketing system. Sounds easy, and it is. But as the title suggests, you do need to pipe using the functions of your cPanel email system. WHMCS Setup for Email Piping to Support Ticket Login to your WHMCS system and navigate to: Setup > Support > Support Departments If you have not setup a support department yet, then this is the time to set up a department. Within these settings you configure the details of your department name, who can… Read More »WHMCS email piping for Support Ticket

alphassl the requested property value is empty Exception for HRESULT 0x80094004

alphassl the requested property value is empty Exception for HRESULT 0x80094004 Problem When completing an Alphassl certificate install on IIS using the “Complete Certificate Request” you receive the error: There was an error while performing this operation.Details: The requested property value is empty. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80094004) Now this is a Typical Microsoft Error in that it really only has meaning to the person who created the error. For us end users stuck in this weird Microsoft world, the error message is trying to tell us that the Certificate you pointed to for the “Complete Certificate Request function in IIS is pointing to a .CER file that is not valid as a certificate for import. So at this point it is time to check what certificate you placed in the .CER file that you are trying to import. Solution In particular with Alphassl certificates, the process of completing a new… Read More »alphassl the requested property value is empty Exception for HRESULT 0x80094004

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Windows Server 2016 Download Maps Manager Delayed Start

Windows Server 2016 Download Maps Manager Delayed Start Red in Server Manager Dashboard Its kind of annoying to find that after a fresh install of Windows 2016 Server you have a service that fails to behave correctly. When you click on the service, you will see something like this. Even if you attempt to force a start, it does not resolve this issue. The good news is that this service is really not something you want anyway if you have a windows server doing actual server functions. The Fix The simple fix is to disable this service. The easy way to do this is to: Open Windows Powershell Be sure to open this by right clicking on PowerShell and select Execute as Admin. This is necessary even if you are logged in as an admin. Type this command: Get-Service -Name MapsBroker | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled -Confirm:$false Enter Problem is now… Read More »Windows Server 2016 Download Maps Manager Delayed Start

How Install Disk Cleanup Tools Windows 2012 or Windows 2016

How Install Disk Cleanup Tools Windows 2012 or Windows 2016

Install Disk Cleanup Tools Windows 2012 or Windows 2016 Server. Installing the function to clean your disk, requires that you install the Desktop Experience module from the Windows Feature list.  1. Open a PowerShell with Administrator rights. 2. Exercute: Import-Module ServerManager Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience That’s it. A Reboot of the Computer is required.

Windows PowerShell Module you receive NotSpecified: (:) [Import-Module], FileLoadException

Windows PowerShell Module you receive NotSpecified: (:) [Import-Module], FileLoadException This is a typical error for Modules that have been downloaded from the internet and are not given permission to run on the computer. The solution Really Easy.  Open PowerShell Navigate to the directory in the error message that contains the Module you intend to run. Running a command like: cd C:\Users\administrator\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\ACMESharp\ Then Run the Command:  Get-ChildItem . | Unblock-File This will set the module files to be able to be used by PowerShell That’s it. Now the module should run fine.

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How to Enable TLS 1.2 on Windows 2008 R2

Problem How to enable TLS 1.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2?   Note: We have an update to this post that has a new and better solution. We now suggest you read: How to Enable TLS 1.2 in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2016 Resolution QuoVadis recommends enabling and using the TLS 1.2 protocol on your server.  TLS 1.2 has improvements over previous versions of the TLS and SSL protocol which will improve your level of security.  By default, Windows Server 2008 R2 does not have this feature enabled.  This KB article will describe the process to enable this.   Start the registry editor by clicking on Start and Run. Type in “regedit” into the Run field (without quotations). Highlight Computer at the top of the registry tree.  Backup the registry first by clicking on File and then on Export.  Select a file location to save the registry file. Note:  You will be editing the registry.  This could have detrimental effects on… Read More »How to Enable TLS 1.2 on Windows 2008 R2

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed Hyper-V Server

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed When playing around with some Hyper-V servers that have been inactive for some time, we received an error: The cause of this is due to the fact that Active Directory is doing a lot more than simple user name and password storage. We found that a Hyper-V system that remains off for some time, then is turned on again can suffer this. The reason for this has to do with the way that some applications use the Active Directory. Take Exchange Server, for example. Exchange Server stores messages in a mailbox database residing on a mailbox server. However, this is the only significant data that is stored locally on Exchange Server. All of the Exchange Server configuration data is stored within the Active Directory. In fact, it is possible to completely rebuild a failed Exchange Server from scratch (aside… Read More »The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed Hyper-V Server

CRM 2015 Extend Auto Logout Time in IFD

CRM 2015 and CRM 2016 IFD will Automatically Logout the user with a Message: Your session in Microsoft Dynamics CRM is about to expire. To continue working, you must sin in again. By Default this setting is 60 minutes, and the message will pop up around 20 minutes before logout. Any unsaved changes will be lost as your session ends.   The Fix To extend the automatic logout time in CRM 2015, we must extend the time set in ADFS 3.0 using the PowerShell command. First we need to know the name that was used to set up the Relying Party Trust in ADFS. 1. Open Server Manager and from the Tools menu select ADFS Management 2. in AD FS management, open Relying Party Trusts and find the Display name for the CRM IFD Relying Party Trust In this case, we have called the Relying Party Trust – “CRM IFD… Read More »CRM 2015 Extend Auto Logout Time in IFD

CRM 2015 IFD Adding a New Organization Additional Steps

Error when attempting to login to a New Organisation in CRM 2015 IFD When attempting to login to a newly configured Organisation you may receive an error looking like this.                An error occurred An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information.   Activity ID: 00000000-0000-0000-1400-0080010000ff Error time: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:37:45 GMT   The Cause Because IFD (Internet Facing Deployment) uses the AD FS Authentication it requires an additional step after using the CRM Deployment Manager to setup a new Organisation to then register at login with the AD FS setup. Basically it is saying that you have set up the org, but not gin figured the authentication login settings in AD FS.   The Fix 1. Open AD FS Mananagement   2. Click on AD FS / Trust Relationships / Relying Party Trusts and local your CRM IFD Relying Party… Read More »CRM 2015 IFD Adding a New Organization Additional Steps