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DNN Event ID 1310 after moving website to new server Exception message: Unsecured Passwords Format Detected

IIS throwing Event ID 1310 Exception message: Unsecured Passwords Format Detected The Error Message Exception information: Exception type: ConfigurationErrorsException Exception message: Unsecured Passwords Format Detected. The Membership Provider that contains the unsecure passwords format is: AspNetSqlMembershipProvider. The obsoleted password format is: Encrypted. For more information, see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=834784. Request information: Request URL: Request path: User host address: User: Is authenticated: False Authentication Type: Thread account name: IIS APPPOOL\DefaultAppPool The Problem was actually simple and a “user error” We tried to connect the website up to the wrong database. i.e. When we copied the database and moved it, we inadvertently copied the wrong database. This caused the above error due to the fact that the machinekey data… Read More »DNN Event ID 1310 after moving website to new server Exception message: Unsecured Passwords Format Detected

Outlook 365 Keeps Prompting for Password After August 2017

Outlook 365 Keeps Prompting for Password After August 2017 In August 2017 Microsoft released another version of Outlook for Office 365 for PC that caused a major problem for people connecting to Exchange 2016 servers. This problems is all to do with the AutoDiscovery setup that Outlook uses. Microsoft appear to have set outlook to use their Office 365 servers as an initial point of setup configuration regardless of how you have configured AutoDiscovery. The bottom line is that outlook keeps trying to authenticate agains office365 and not your own server. While this is a known issue, as of January 2018 it has not been fixed in the next version of Outlook. The Fix There… Read More »Outlook 365 Keeps Prompting for Password After August 2017

Should I Use KnowRoaming International Mobile Review

Know Roaming Review – Should I Use KnowRoaming Mobile  In one word, NO. But let me explain why we think the reviews we have read online don’t live up to our experience.  Firstly, as someone who professionally travels the entire globe and who is a techno geek, data is one of the most important travel tools these days. To look up and book all sorts of things form AirBnB to Uber,, Google Maps and just staying in contact with loved ones. Getting Data is really still a huge hassle after all these years. Blackberry had the right idea to provide unlimited global packages for their devices world wide, and I personally cannot wait for Elon… Read More »Should I Use KnowRoaming International Mobile Review

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.

Outlook Slow and Unresponsive wiht MAPI over HTTP to Exchange 2016

Outlook Slow and Unresponsive wiht MAPI over HTTP to Exchange 2016 Server In our case the versions in question were found to be: Outlook 2013 connecting to Exchange 2016 with MAPI over HTTP enabled. Reported Problems The user reported that outlook was slow to open email, and unresponsive with searching in outlook. The CTRL right click on the Outlook connection icon (bottom right) showed the connection was made with HTTP   The Problem It is reported that MAPI over HTTP which is a newer connection method of laterExchange servers and potential better and more reliable for devices connecting has some unreliabilities in some instances with earlier version of Outlook. Our testing shows that later outlook… Read More »Outlook Slow and Unresponsive wiht MAPI over HTTP to Exchange 2016

DNN – Hide a Page from the Menu

To Hide a DNN Page from the Menu Note: This page will still be available to those who know the URL of that page (if for example you had put the page in a news letter). Select Edit / Page Settings   Page Details / Unselect the Include in Menu Option Update Page The Page will no longer appear in the menu system. It can still be hit with the permissions that have previously been set. Alternatively – To Change Permissions on the page to hide and stop access: http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/general-tips/dnn-change-permissions-on-a-page-to-stop-users-being-able-to-access-the-page/    

DNN – Change Permissions on a Page to Stop Users Being Able to Access The Page

To Stop users (Either members or visitors) from being able to access a page on the DNN Site. Select Edit / Page Settings Select the Permissions Tab Uptick the All users View Settings. With no view pages permissions set. No users other than the Default Administrator settings will be able to visit the page. Update Page Note This hides the page from users in the menu too. Alternatively you can just hide the page from the menu, but still allow people how know where the page exists to still access it by following this post:http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/general-tips/dnn-hide-a-page-from-the-menu/  

Setting up CRM 2015 on Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2014 Stand Alone

Setting up CRM 2015 on a New Virtual Windows 2012 R2 with SQL 2014 Install the Following Components Services Indexing Service (Windows Search Service IIS Admin World Wide Web Publishing Windows Data Access Components MDAC 6.0 Microsoft ASP.NET   Windows Search Service The following method is use to install the Windows Search Service on Windows 2012 R2. The search feature is launched form the Server Manger (which will start by default as login as an administrator). Click Add Roles and Features   Next   Next   Next   Next (without selecting anything)   With the Features, select Windows Search Service – Next   Select Install   Select Close   Run through the process again  Click Add Roles… Read More »Setting up CRM 2015 on Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2014 Stand Alone

Windows 2012 R2 C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.6\php-cgi.exe – The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly PHP

The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly – Trying to run PHP on IIS 8.0 This problem has been talked about extensively around the forums, but no one is being clear on how to fix the problem. The issue first appeared after installing new Windows 2012 R2 Release.  after using  the Windows Web platform installer 5.0 to install  the framework PHP 5.6.0 and I might add when we tested on PHP 5.5 .11, a simple test page return the error: C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.6\php-cgi.exe – The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly The Solution You need to install the: Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4  32-bit version.  and it should be noted that even if your operating system is… Read More »Windows 2012 R2 C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.6\php-cgi.exe – The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly PHP

Catalook Credit Card Dropdown Expiry Year

Catalook Credit Card Dropdown Year We experienced a problem with the store checkout only listing a creadit card expiry date up to 2015  Thus the drop down selector in the Credit Card field for expiry date would not allow years fat enough into the future that the customer could select the correct expiry date. The solution we found was this: Navigating to the “Your Cart” module. You can do this by login in as an admin (not host) and buying a product. When it takes you to the cart module…Select Edit Skin from the module menu.Grab the code there, and paste into notepad etc. And look to the code that looks like this.  ListItem Value=”09″ Selected=”True”>2009ListItem… Read More »Catalook Credit Card Dropdown Expiry Year

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.

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

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

.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

Internet Explorer will not display some JPG Red X

A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer Question A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer. Answer Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 dropped support for jpeg images saved as CMYK and now only supports images saved in RGB mode. Below is an example and easy way to verify this issue. In the below example, we have two images; one saved in CMYK and the other saved as RGB. CYMK Image RGB Image If this issue exists, the CMYK image will appear as a red X or broken image in Internet Explorer. However, opening this page in Chrome or Firefox should show both images. If both images are visible to Internet Explorer,… Read More »Internet Explorer will not display some JPG Red X

Outlook 2013 Ribbon Keeps Hiding in Office 365

After playing around with the new (totally disappointing) Outlook 2013 I found that the ribbon would keep hiding. While that is annoying enough and I wanted to turn it back to how it was by default, what was really ticking me off was that someone else inadvertently made this happen while on my computer and could not tell me what they have done to set it that way. So I set about working it it. I couldn’t with out help. So I set to Google for assistance. Found nothing, hence I’m writing this. Steps Click a Message in your mail view. Click HOME (the ribbon should appear) Then on the far right of the ribbon,… Read More »Outlook 2013 Ribbon Keeps Hiding in Office 365

IE FTP Your current security settings do not allow you to download files from this location.

Problem while accessing Windows 2003 server today I experienced a problem with the system reported to me: Your current security settings do not allow you to download files from this location. And gave me the following error window and security alert: Knowing that Internet Explorer is too stupid to know that even though I have the username and password to connect to an FTP site , I don’t have the necessary security permissions to download files from the FTP site. as dumb as this may seem it is the default security settings are Internet Explorer early versions. The solution In this case the solution is actually quite easy. 1. Open IE 2. Open Tools >… Read More »IE FTP Your current security settings do not allow you to download files from this location.

How to discover your Facebook ID

Discover Your Facebook ID There is one really easy and surefire way to discover your Facebook ID. Navigate to this URL: https://graph.facebook.com/interactivewebs and replace in the URL interactivewebs with your own Facebook username. https://graph.facebook.com/yourusername When the page loads, you will see something like this: { "id": "100000310593653", "name": "David Finley", "first_name": "David", "last_name": "Finley", "link": "http://www.facebook.com/interactivewebs", "username": "interactivewebs", "gender": "male", "locale": "en_US" }   Your ID are the numbers in the inverted commas that follow the ID.line . so Sn this case. th TIT would be: 100000310593653

How We Setup–The History of The Internet

This is how we setup a Website for a School Project about The History of the Internet. We first researched the hits for “The History of the Internet” as a search term in Google. What we found is that there are 450,000 searches each month for this term. We hope to capture some of that traffic. 1. Registered the Domain Name: the-history-of-the-internet.com We did this at: http://domains.interactivewebs.com/ So we registered the domain name, and set Domain Name Servers to: fserver2.fserver2.com fserver3.fserver3.com   2. Next we setup DNS servers for the domain name. and pointed the www.the-history-of-the-internet.com to the weebly website IP address that we have been assigned.   3. Then we updated the site settings… Read More »How We Setup–The History of The Internet

Understanding Web-Safe Fonts / Web Friendly Fonts

We have often receive lots of questions about Web-safe fonts, or web friendly fonts. We have products that work with technologies like Microsoft Word, and publish back to websites like DotNetNuke. (DNN Word Editor) The issue is that not all fonts will work on all browsers on all computers. Here is the reason why. Web-Safe Fonts There are an awful lot of fonts in the world! For years, no doubt, you’ve been using a ton of them in word processing documents, party invitations, banners, etc. But have you ever noticed how few of them are used on the web? There’s a really good reason for this. When a web page loads, the browser is told… Read More »Understanding Web-Safe Fonts / Web Friendly Fonts

Bing Ajax Control over HTTPS or HTTP Secure SSL

Today we updated some code in our Contact Details module for DotNetNuke. The module makes it easy to add your contact details to a page in DNN. There is a map control function that uses Bing Maps that can be seen in the demo here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/contactdetails/Demo.aspx We have updated the module today to support the use of SSL or https connections to the page that contains the module. How we did this So here are the two ways to add the Bing Ajax control to your page in HTTP or HTTPS: HTTP: HTTPS: Now on the HTTPS version notice I changed the URL to start with HTTPS, this is… Read More »Bing Ajax Control over HTTPS or HTTP Secure SSL

Captivate SCORM reporting completed but not passed

Captivate SCORM Problems We have been playing in depth lately with some some of the Captivate SCORM outputs in an effort to better understand the SCORM Compliance and where Captivate falls down in this area. What we have found is very interesting and needs to be explained in detail to understand. The Problem Until recently, anyone who wanted to author SCORM-compliant content had few choices. Not many authoring programs existed and the technical knowledge to create compliant content was and, in fact, still is beyond the reach of most training developers. Now there are many affordable, easy to use content authoring programs to create SCORM-compliant content that can be deployed to learning management systems (LMS).… Read More »Captivate SCORM reporting completed but not passed

Chrome–An additional plug-in is required to display some elements on this page–Solved

Install Plug-in If you are receiving this error in Chrome, and finding that installing the plugin does absolutely nothing. And clicking the": Takes you to a Windows media and Java error page. http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95697&topic=14687&hl=en-US Which if you bother to follow the instructions will not help you at all. The cause Almost certainly the cause of this problem is going to be a recent update by Skype. One could posture that it did not take long after the Microsoft purchase for Skype to become annoying, but I am saddened to say that I thin they have buggered it up without needing to call anyone from the Vista development team. The most recent update of Skype 5.6.0.8.442 adds… Read More »Chrome–An additional plug-in is required to display some elements on this page–Solved