Blog

adfs/services/trust/mex Returns 503 on CRM 2013 Windows 2012 IFD – MEX EndPoint Fix

When browsing to your CRM server: /adfs/services/trust/mex  you receive an 503 Error. In our case this was to “https://sts1.iwebscrm.com/adfs/services/trust/mex” and we received the 503 Error. This became evident as we were testing the importing and upgrading of custom JS scripts from CRM 4.0 and CRM 2011 to use the new SDK in CRM 2013 (also applicable to CRM 2015). When we used fiddler to look at why the test environment failed we noticed a call to the ADFS mex endpoint. Looking at the ADFS Logs for the server will show a 102 Error: There was an error in enabling endpoints of Federation Service. Fix configuration errors using PowerShell cmdlets and restart the Federation Service. Additional… Read More »adfs/services/trust/mex Returns 503 on CRM 2013 Windows 2012 IFD – MEX EndPoint Fix

CRM 2013 Warning Data encryption will be active after the install or upgrade.

When importing a database from CRM 2011 to CRM 2013, you may receive an error: Data encryption will be active after the install or upgrade. We strongly recommend that you copy the organization encryption key and store it in a safe place. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=316366. Understanding This Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 uses standard SQL Server cell level encryption for a set of default entity attributes that contain sensitive information, such as user names and email passwords for Server-Side Sync and authentication tokens for Yammer integration capabilities.  This feature can help organizations meet FIPS 140-2 compliance by ensuring that the data is encrypted “at rest” so that local database admins cannot read the data in… Read More »CRM 2013 Warning Data encryption will be active after the install or upgrade.

CRM 2011 to 2013 "Database cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server" error when restoring a Microsoft Dynamics CRM database.

When restoring a database that is a backup of a CRM 2011 database and you are restoring it to a CRM 2013 server running SQL 2012 but not Enterprise, you may receive an error:  “Database cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server” error when restoring a Microsoft Dynamics CRM database. This error only happens when the original SQL instance was running an enterprise version and the destination server is not. The Cause When Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is installed using a Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise edition, a partition is created for the auditing functionality of Dynamics CRM 2011. The AuditBase table uses partitioning which is only available for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise. The… Read More »CRM 2011 to 2013 "Database cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server" error when restoring a Microsoft Dynamics CRM database.

Editing (Without Word) and Deleting Content

You’ve got this website and you want to change some of your wording because it just doesn’t feel right, it’s only a quick change and you’re not on your computer so you don’t have Word. Not a problem! Step 1, log in to your website using the login link in the top right. Now the magic can happen. Go to the section of the page you’re not happy with, put your mouse over it and a border will appear around it, in the bottom left of this newly bordered box you’ll see those 2 wonderful words “Edit Content”, click them. A new page will load displaying your content, go in and change whatever wording you’d like… Read More »Editing (Without Word) and Deleting Content

Editing Websites With Word 365

It is time! Your website is up and running, but you’ve got some information burning away that needs to go on the website. Step 1: Log in to the website (top right hand corner of the site). Now you’re logged in, you’ll see a bit black bar at the top of the screen, we need to edit the page, so click on “Edit Page” to the top right hand side of the page. Then in the menu that opens, click “Edit this Page”. Next, in the top right of the area you want to edit you’ll see 3 icons, hover over the pencil to show a menu. Click “Edit in Word” (To see how to… Read More »Editing Websites With Word 365

Office 365 Website for Business

Small Business Website that Integrates with Office 365 Today we are please at announce the launch of the Microsoft Office 365 Website for business site. This website is aimed to help small business (and large) get ready access to web technologies that are designed to work directly with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products. With the Office 365 Website product, you will receive a website ready to promote your small business, but still be able to interact with the website users, and data directly from your Office 365 tools. Some of the Stand out Office 365 Website integrations: Using Outlook to link to the website registered users. Using Outlook to track the social activity… Read More »Office 365 Website for Business

CRM 2013 Reporting is not enabled Message in CRM Deployment Manager

You Receive the Message “Reporting is not enabled” And as the name suggests, this is because you have not installed the CRM Reporting feature. To Install the CRM 2013 Reporting Extension Add the SQL Server Data Tools option to the SQL 2012 server. Add features Select SQL Server Data Tools Next Next Install Etc till you are all done. Install the CRM Report Authoring Extensions D:\BIDSExtensions\i386\Setup\BIDSExtensions.exe Following the standard setup process, then.. Install the Reporting Extensions D:\Server\amd64\SrsDataConnector\SetupSrsDataConnector.exe That’s it. You now will have the message from the Deployment Manager removed, and the necessary reporting Extensions installed.

CRM 2013 splash screen crash on Setup DVD / ISO

CRM 2013 splash screen crash on Setup DVD / ISO After so many years, with the Splash screen crash of CRM 2011, the boys at Microsoft have not bothered to fix that problem. You start the screen Then before long you see this. Search around the net, and you find a bunch of old data relating to CRM 2011 and the same problem. Some suggestions are to uninstall various version of IE (The worlds Words Browser) or other similar crap. Not really much help when you are on a Windows 2012 R2 server with the newest release of CRM install ISO. Note: This is the sort of stuff I hope the new CEO will fix… Read More »CRM 2013 splash screen crash on Setup DVD / ISO

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V snapshot

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V ‘ After working with Hyper-V and Snap shots, you may find that a previously working domain member machine gets this error message. This is because the Domain Controller will automatically update passwords of Machine Accounts every 30 days, and a restored snapshot may not match the new pass. The solution On the effected client machine open PowerShell Run the following command “Reset-ComputerMachinePassword” or specify the credentials switch if the account your running PowerShell with doesn’t have the correct AD perms for the CMDlet “Reset-ComputerMachinePassword –credential Domain\Adaccount” (You will be prompted for the domain password). After running this give the client machine a restart… Read More »The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V snapshot

CRM 2013 IFD An error occurred An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information.

CRM 2013 IFD An error occurred An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information.  When trying to setup up IFD with CRM 2013, we kept getting the error: An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information.           Activity ID: 00000000-0000-0000-0300-0080030000ed Relying party: CRM IFD Relying Party Error time: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:32:56 GMT   Little or no additional information in the Event Log: We had attempted to setup IFD with ADFS 3.0 and at the time there was very little additional information available for this setup. The MSDN blog that we followed was good, but for ADFS 2.1. The Solution. ADFS 3.0 Extra Steps To say these steps… Read More »CRM 2013 IFD An error occurred An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information.

CRM 2013 IFD Setup with ADFS 3.0 on Windows 2012 R2 Hosted Setup

We already have a popular post for the configuration of IFD setup with CRM 2011, and recently we updated this blog to support CRM 2015 here:  http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/crm/how-to-set-up-crm-2015-ifd-on-windows-2012-and-adfs-3-0/ Many of you may find that better for setting up CRM 2013 than this blog, as the data is mostly exactly the same as this blog, but some of the order of things is better described. Upgrading from CRM 2011 to CRM 2013 and need help? InteractiveWebs offer professional Microsoft CRM Upgrade Services and Support. The Existing Setup Because this is a test environment, we are running the server on a Hyper V server. A single VM machine, that is running a fully patched version of: Windows 2012… Read More »CRM 2013 IFD Setup with ADFS 3.0 on Windows 2012 R2 Hosted Setup

How do I list my business into the white pages listings – should I pay for a white pages business listing

How do I list my business into the white pages listings?   Should I pay for a white pages business listing? Recently we were asked by one of our clients, if they should renew their white pages business listing in the Australian white pages. To help them make this assessment they asked us to review what sort of contact they were receiving from the white pages listings with regard to click through to their website. The results were very interesting! Using the Google analytics that we had placed on the website, we were able to ascertain that there were some  24,000 referring sites that were bringing customers from external links into their existing website in… Read More »How do I list my business into the white pages listings – should I pay for a white pages business listing

Microsoft CRM 2011 Defaults to Mobile Site /m

Microsoft CRM 2011 Defaults to Mobile Site /m When hitting our CRM 2011 website after recent rollup updates, the website defaults to to a URL with a /m/  and shows a mobile site. The FIX This is really simple. When the site reformats to:  /m/defualt.aspx  Just replace that with /main.aspx So this: https://acc.interactivewebs.com:444/m/default.aspx Becomes: https://acc.interactivewebs.com:444/main.aspx It’s that easy!

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

DotNetNuke FileHelpers, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3e0c08d59cc3d657'

After Upgrading DNN 7 and browsing to the ADMIN>Site Settings you find an error: A critical error has occurred. Object reference not set to an instance of an object. FileHelpers, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3e0c08d59cc3d657′ Error: File Management is currently unavailable. DotNetNuke.Services.Exceptions.ModuleLoadException: (0): error CS1705: Assembly ‘DotNetNuke.Modules.DigitalAssets, Version=7.1.1.385, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null’ uses ‘Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2013.2.611.40, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4’ which has a higher version than referenced assembly ‘Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2013.1.403.40, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4’ —> System.Web.HttpCompileException: (0): error CS1705: Assembly ‘DotNetNuke.Modules.DigitalAssets, Version=7.1.1.385, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null’ uses ‘Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2013.2.611.40, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4’ which has a higher version than referenced assembly ‘Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2013.1.403.40, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4’ at System.Web.Compilation.AssemblyBuilder.Compile() at System.Web.Compilation.BuildProvidersCompiler.PerformBuild() at System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.CompileWebFile(VirtualPath virtualPath) at System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.GetVPathBuildResultInternal(VirtualPath virtualPath, Boolean noBuild, Boolean allowCrossApp, Boolean allowBuildInPrecompile, Boolean throwIfNotFound, Boolean ensureIsUpToDate) at System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.GetVPathBuildResultWithNoAssert(HttpContext context, VirtualPath virtualPath, Boolean… Read More »DotNetNuke FileHelpers, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3e0c08d59cc3d657'

DotNetNuke DNN Spam Registrations Problem Fixed

DotNetNuke DNN Sites getting spam registrations – How to stop them In recent weeks, many of our DNN websites have systematically been targeted for Spam New User Registrations. There has been some discussion around the how and why, and as much as we can tell, the problem is this: 1. Some script kiddy has bothered to write a bot that finds DNN websites. It is not even a good bot, because it is not capable of validating registrations to automated active email addresses. (If you are the creator of the bot… “YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG” as it is not going to bring the Google results you are looking for.) 2. The bot will attempt… Read More »DotNetNuke DNN Spam Registrations Problem Fixed

Mac Pro 2013 Multiple Displays Stop Working with OS X 10.9.3 – Fixed

Hot to Fix Multiple Monitors not working in OS X 10.9.3 Mac Pro 2013 computer users have experienced problems in some configurations since upgrading to Mavericks OS X 10.9.3. For most people, the issue related to the use of mini port to DVI external monitors. The mac pro by design can only run two Miniport to DVI monitors, and any additional monitors need to be run on a converter that has additional power. Apple call this their Dual Link DVI adapter. Essentially this is the same thing, just with a powered USB port on it. If you were to try an run 3 mini port to DVI adapters, what you would find is that only… Read More »Mac Pro 2013 Multiple Displays Stop Working with OS X 10.9.3 – Fixed

Mars Edit can't upload images to WordPress on IIS

  Having Troubles Uploading images to WordPress hosted on IIS If you are like me and enjoy a Mac, and WordPress, then you have probably discovered MarsEdit. We were experiencing problems uploading images to our WordPress blog. Upload File ErrorCan’t do upload file for “blog name” because the server reported an error. The server returned an unexpected response code: 413. WordPress Upload File Permissions on IIS You upload an image in WordPress and either you get an error or the image will upload, thumbnails would work but the actual image would not have read permissions. If you can’t upload an image at all, it’s probably because you need to give the IUSR account Read/Write/Modify permission… Read More »Mars Edit can't upload images to WordPress on IIS

DragonDictate for Mac 4.0 and VMware fusion lower case text only

I have recently upgraded to Dragon dictate for Mac 4.0 and was surprised to find that when dictating into a virtual machine running under VMware fusion, that the dictation would only produce lowercase text. This is particularly annoying when you get to something like? That requires an uppercase press. Instead you end up with / While this is not a complete showstopper, as it is possible to dictate into a Mac notepad and then copy and paste the text directly into the VMware fusion instance, this still frustrating to note that this area has been around since version 3.0 at least.  I would have expected had some attention may be paid to this.  If anyone… Read More »DragonDictate for Mac 4.0 and VMware fusion lower case text only

Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty

DNN Error Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty After noticing a few strange things with our website, and seeing a number of users requesting access, but not receiving their authentication email. We noticed this error when we manually authorised an account. Message: DotNetNuke.Services.Exceptions.ModuleLoadException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. —> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty(String propertyName, String format, CultureInfo formatProvider, UserInfo accessingUser, Scope currentScope, Boolean& propertyNotFound) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseCustomTokenReplace.replacedTokenValue(String strObjectName, String strPropertyName, String strFormat) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseTokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceEnvironmentTokens(String strSourceText, IDictionary Custom, String CustomCaption) at DotNetNuke.Services.Localization.Localization.GetSystemMessage(String strLanguage, PortalSettings portalSettings, String messageName, UserInfo userInfo, String resourceFile, ArrayList… Read More »Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty

DNN Popup Greeting–Kill it Good!

In the recent DNN 7 releases, they have unfortunately made by default a popup greeting after sign in, that in theory would drive clients to signup for their spam. Problem is (like lots of recent DNN features) that the “tick to never show again” does not work, and in some really recent releases, the popup goes crazy and does not allow you to progress into the site. In other words, they killed their own product with spam crap. Easy fix. Open the file in the web root, called: Default.aspx.cs Look for this line: ManageGettingStarted(); Just throw a // before it to comment it out. Save and restart the IIS site. Should fix it fast and… Read More »DNN Popup Greeting–Kill it Good!

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… Read More »Windows 2008 Server Blocking RDP IP Address Hacks

Microsoft CRM IFD SSL Certificate Renewal

Following on from our very popular IFD configuration for Microsoft CRM. [gard] http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/server-tips/microsoft-crm-2011-how-to-configure-ifd-hosted-setup/ 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… 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… Read More »Font Icons Not Displaying in Internet Explorer IE 9 / 10

XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress There was a problem writing your sitemap file IIS Fix

If you are hosted on IIS for your wordpress site, you will notice that when you go to your XMP Sitemap Generator for WordPress, you notice a problem reported: There was a problem writing your sitemap file. Make sure the file exists and is writable. There was a problem writing your zipped sitemap file. Make sure the file exists and is writable. In Red. This is telling you that the auto update process for the XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress plugin has failed to create the files needed. If you click on the Rebuild the sitemap link it will manually rebuild. The Fix Easy one. On IIS servers, all paths for files require a \… Read More »XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress There was a problem writing your sitemap file IIS Fix

Bulk Emailer–Customer Review

I wanted to place this review on the DNN store but there is no review button in my download page for your product. It may be because it is an old order or product version. Please would you turn it on so I can post it and feel free to post it with my name on your site. Regards Richard Sletcher If you have not yet used the InteractiveWebs email module you don’t know what you are missing. It is spectacular. The system is vast and would require a manual to list all the super cool features but let me give you some of my highlights. The user interface is clean and extremely user friendly.… Read More »Bulk Emailer–Customer Review

DotNetNuke can’t upgrade as Host Login does not work

DotNetNuke Upgrade Fails. Cannot login with Host. If you are trying to upgrade your DotNetNuke site and found that you are presented with the Welcome to the DotNetNuke Upgrade Page, but can’t login with your Host (SuperUser) account. DotNetNuke Upgrade – Version 06.02.07 Current Version – 06.02.05 Welcome to the DotNetNuke Upgrade Page. The first step is to choose the language you wish to use for the Upgrade. You are about to upgrade your website to a more recent version of the DotNetNuke application. Applying upgrades on a consistent basis is the best way to ensure that you are protecting the integrity of your investment and the security of your users and assets. Before proceeding… Read More »DotNetNuke can’t upgrade as Host Login does not work

.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: http://www.pkware.com/documents/casestudies/APPNOTE.TXT 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… Read More ».zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted