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CRM 2015 Reporting Extension Setup Error The SQL Server Reporting Services account is a local user and is not supported

Error Message installing CRM 2015 Reporting Extensions When installing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extension Setup you receive an error message: The SQL Server Reporting Services account is a local user and is not supported. This is during the System Checks. In our instance this was with MS CRM 2015 on SQL 2014 on the same server in a test environment. The Solution The fix is easy. 1. Open the SQL 2014 Reporting service configuration Manager 2. Connect to your Server. 3. Select the Service Account 4. Select the Local System account and apply with the appropriate security levels. That’s about it. Run the setup process again and you should be good to go.

Windows 2012 Password Complexity

Windows 2012 Turn off Password Complexity

How to disable (turn off) the default Windows 2012 Administrator Complexity 1. Open the Administrative Tool 2. This places you in the Administrative Tools section. Select Local Security Policy. ‘ 3. Change the password Must Meet Complex Requirements option to Disabled. In a Domain Environment, for an Active Directory Domain Server. In the Server Manager click on Tools and from the drop down click Group Policy Management Expand Forrest >> Domains >> Your Domain Controller. NOTE: There are some steps in the comments that some have made, that advise of additional steps at this point. Try without, but if you fail… have a look in the comments. Right click on the Default Domain Policy and click on the Edit from the context menu. Now Expand Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy Double-click on the Passwords Must Meet Complexity Requirements option in the right pane. Select Disabled  under define this policy setting: Click Apply then OK all the way out and close the GPO window. In order to… Read More »Windows 2012 Turn off Password Complexity

Remote Desktop Enabled Cannot RDP Connect

Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Enabled Cannot RDP Connect

Windows 2012 RDP Remote Desktop Enabled but you Cannot Connect You find that after you enable the Windows 2012 RDP or Remote Desktop Connection features to allow you to remote desktop into your new server, you are still unable to connect to the server. The Cause By default on new installs of Windows 2012 R2 the server firewall is enabled for TCP IP on Remote Desktop User Mode In TCP-IP. The Fix Enable the rule that permits access through the Windows Firewall. 1. Search for Firewall and open “Windows Firewall and Advanced Security”. 2. Find the rule “Remote Desktop – User Mode TCP-in” and ENABLE Rule


Enabling Replication Failed The System Cannot Find the Path Specified Hyper-V

Enabling Replication Failed The System Cannot Find the Path Specified Hyper-V While trying to replicate a Hyper-V server you receive the following error: Enabling replication failed Hyper-V failed to enable replication for virtual machine “Machine Name”: The system cannot find the path specified. (I0x80070003). (Virtual machine ID “ID Number”) Cause The likely cause is that you have removed the path that was set under the replication server (or receiving servers) replication settings. Under the Hyper-V Setting on the receiving or replication server, click on the “Replication Configuration Enabled as a Replication server” The Fix Browse to the directory defined under “Specify the default location to store replica files” and ensure that the path is valid.  The likely cause is that the folder defined here was removed and needs to be redefined. This can happen when you are cleaning shop.

Microsoft CRM 2011 Exception message: ID4175: The issuer of the security token was not recognized by the IssuerNameRegistry

Error When attempting to login to an IFD (Internet Facing Deployment of CRM) you receive this error: Event code: 3005 Event message: An unhandled exception has occurred. Event time: 10/06/2014 1:54:52 AM Event time (UTC): 9/06/2014 3:54:52 PM Event ID: 6da606a9a6794c2a8f504cc6b8b3be3e Event sequence: 2 Event occurrence: 1 Event detail code: 0  Application information:     Application domain: /LM/W3SVC/2/ROOT-1-130468028783689054     Trust level: Full     Application Virtual Path: /     Application Path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\CRMWeb\     Machine name: VSERVER08  Process information:     Process ID: 1540     Process name: w3wp.exe     Account name: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE  Exception information:     Exception type: SecurityTokenException     Exception message: ID4175: The issuer of the security token was not recognized by the IssuerNameRegistry. To accept security tokens from this issuer, configure the IssuerNameRegistry to return a valid name for this issuer.   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.Saml11.Saml11SecurityTokenHandler.CreateClaims(SamlSecurityToken samlSecurityToken)   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.Saml11.Saml11SecurityTokenHandler.ValidateToken(SecurityToken token)   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.SecurityTokenHandlerCollection.ValidateToken(SecurityToken token)   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.TokenReceiver.AuthenticateToken(SecurityToken token, Boolean ensureBearerToken, String endpointUri)   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.SignInWithResponseMessage(HttpRequest request)   at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.OnAuthenticateRequest(Object sender, EventArgs args)   at Microsoft.Crm.Authentication.Claims.CrmFederatedAuthenticationModule.OnAuthenticateRequest(Object sender,… Read More »Microsoft CRM 2011 Exception message: ID4175: The issuer of the security token was not recognized by the IssuerNameRegistry

Adding .OFT Fonts to IIS Mime for DNN DotNetNuke

Making .OTF Font work in DotNetNuke DNN Skin To get a DotNetNuke DNN site to correctly display .OTF fonts, it is necessary to add a MIME type to IIS. Making this change is easy. In IIS, click on the Server Name.Double Click on MIME Types Add a New MIME Type – .otf – Font/otf That’s it. For good measure you could restart IIS from a command prompt with “IISRESET”

Windows 2008 Server Blocking RDP IP Address Hacks

Find out the IP address of the Prick who is trying to hack your server. Go to the Windows Event Log, and select Security. Look for the Audit Failure event and you will see the IP there. Setup a custom rule in Firewall With Advanced Security to block this incoming IP from attempting a hack. Start -> administrative tools > windows firewall with advanced security. Select Inbound Rules / New Rule Select Custom / Next Select All Programs / Next Leave Default / Next Leave the Local IP set to ANY, but Change the Remote IP to ADD Ensure that you have added the prick who is hacking you, then Next Select Block the Connection / Next Leave Default / Next Give the rule a name / Finish

Microsoft CRM IFD SSL Certificate Renewal

Following on from our very popular IFD configuration for Microsoft CRM. [gard] The time will come around where you need to renew the SSL certificate for your CRM IFD configuration. This will include the renewal of the SSL certificate as used by IIS and and ADFS. Couple of steps we followed based exactly on the configuration outlined in our above linked blog post. Generate a new SSL Request. 1. Open IIS Manager and click on server certificates. 2. Create certificate request 3. Fill in the data: Next 4. Change to 2048 Bit 5. Give it a name: Finish and you are done. Now Open the certificate text file and copy the text to your clip board, or use this with your certificate authority to issue you a new Wild Card Certificate. * is what we use. To get the certificate we use a service called “” who allow you… Read More »Microsoft CRM IFD SSL Certificate Renewal

Font Icons Not Displaying in Internet Explorer IE 9 / 10

With the Bulk Emailer application we have used font icons to improve response and scalability with different devices. So far we have been happy with how they work using some boot strap code that is used for our user interface. What we have noticed, and it’s no big surprise… Internet Explorer 9 and IE 10 will not display font icons correct. What you should see is this: But ends up rendering like this: The Problem is WOFF Fonts on IIS For IIS 6 and later, they do not handle WOFF fonts as icons for Internet Explorer. Most other browsers will support them, however IE like usual will behave like a black sheep. There appears to be two solutions to this problem. Solution 1 – Adding a MIME type to Internet Information Server IIS Add the following MIME type to the IIS server settings. .woff application/x-woff Open IIS Manager and navigate… Read More »Font Icons Not Displaying in Internet Explorer IE 9 / 10

.zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Green files and folders on Windows 7 indicate they are encrypted. Usually this is a function of a program that will make these files encrypted for a reason. Security is usually the reason. But… An interesting little bug in the process of creating a .zip file on a mac and moving it over to a Windows computer. When a .zip file is created according to standards for .zip files found here: They specify that .zip archives include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This tag information is known as the “version made by” and as the name suggest, it would tag information about the program version of .zip and the files system in use. 0 – MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems) 1 – Amiga 2 – OpenVMS 3 – UNIX 4 – VM/CMS 5 – Atari ST… Read More ».zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

CRM 2011 Email Router Setup and Settings

Often with the setup of CRM 2011. Users experience messages about Pending e-mail warning and sometimes email messages are not sending. [gard] This can be especially frustrating as both the CRM email queuing and tracking system and the Email router application are terrible to help you understand exactly what is going on with your CRM e-mail. We mentioned some of the issues we have experience here: Here are some basic setup tips for email in Microsoft CRM 2011 1. Out of the box, CRM does not send email messages. You need to configure an application known as CRM 2011 Email Router to have email messages send. 2. You also need a working SMTP (email server) that is configured to allow the relay of email messages from email accounts at your domain name. This can be achieved with Amazon SES message service or your own servers. We can assist you… Read More »CRM 2011 Email Router Setup and Settings

CRM 2011 Rollup 10 Invalid Argument Error

CRM 2011 Rollup 10 Killed My CRM After installing CRM 2011 Rollup 10 (not 9 as that is MIA) you receive an Invalid Argument messages as per the image above. This happens after you login to an IFD deployment. For all we know it may happen on the CRM on premises but we have not managed to test that. You may also have a CRM Platform Trace Error: Crm Exception: Message: A non valid page number was received: 0, ErrorCode: –2147220989 CRM’s Fetch Throttling abilities have been disabled or modified from the default values. Re-enable CRM’s default Fetch Throttling settings. The solution 1. START | RUN | “regedit” | OK 2. Locate and select the registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftMSCRM Change the value on: TurnOffFetchThrottling to 0 In fact if you find either MaxRowsPerPage or the TurnOffFetchThrottling registry keys set them both to 0 or delete them. 3. START | RUN |… Read More »CRM 2011 Rollup 10 Invalid Argument Error

Opencart on IIS 7.5 Windows 2008 Server FTP Permissions Changing

Opencart and PHP running on IIS, we found Permissions incorrect on uploaded files After working with IIS server running PHP, we found the files uploaded through the web interface of the opencart CMS failed to inherit the correct permissions. After spending weeks time to resolve this problem, believing that it was a glitch that required file permissions to be reset we found an easy solution. The Problem The problem lies with the PHP system running on IIS. When you use a web interface to upload files to your PHP CMS website, they are initially loaded to the PHP defined temporary folder. The temporary folder is set in the PHP.ini file. To find this file and check the setting, you do this: Open IIS and select PHP Manager   Then Check phpinfo()   Then search the php.ini file that opens for “upload_tmp_dir” Notice that the default location (unless you have changed… Read More »Opencart on IIS 7.5 Windows 2008 Server FTP Permissions Changing