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dotnetnuke hide login link

clock January 12, 2014 16:51 by author Ashwin Pai

There is a very simple way to hide the login link at the top of the DotNetNuke home page.

You do not need to edit a style sheet or any such.

Simply go to Site Settings >> Security Settings

check the box that says " Hide Login Control? "

It seems that every body is looking to hide the dotnetnuke login link but apparently this is not documented.

Just about every solution I found on the Internet involves editing the css file.

lansweeper not recognizing Vipre

clock January 10, 2014 09:00 by author Ashwin Pai

Lansweeper claims All workstations are without Anti-virus software.

GFI Acqquired Vipre. 

In some version ( I do not know which) they renamed the agent from "VIPRE" something to "GFI Business Agent"

The service continues to be named " Vipre Business Premium "

I solved this for Vipre version 6.2.5 by Adding  %GFI Business Agent% to the list of Anti-Virus Software name.

Qsee Dvr backup failed

clock January 3, 2014 11:22 by author Ashwin Pai

Attempted to backup a recording from a Q-SEE Dvr to a USB flash drive

Recieved an error message. Warning Backup failed.

Solution:  Flash drive must be formatted FAT 32

Backup will not work with any othe format.

Installing a self-signed SAN SSL certificate on your Exchange Server

clock October 18, 2013 07:07 by author Ashwin Pai

Installing a self-signed SAN SSL certificate on your Exchange Server

There are many articles on the web about installing self-signed SSL certificates, but most of them assume multiple servers in a corporate environment & a certain level of knowledge and experience from the tech. It does not take into consideration the tech supporting an SBS server who has to deal with this issue once in a blue moon, when the SSL certificate expires on the server & Outlook et all start nagging. All you want to do is fix it & get out of there.

This article was pruned from the following three in-depth articles.

  1. How to create your own self signed SSL UCC SAN Certificate to use with Exchange 2007/2010
  2. How to add a Subject Alternative Name to a secure LDAP certificate MS KB 931351
  3. Issuing a Certificate for a Pending Request

In most SBS environments the Certificate server & the Exchange server are probably one and the same.
Nevertheless I have distinguished between the two by call the Certificate server as Certserver
If there is only one SBS server , then all references to a server are to the same Server

The Exchange server probably has an internal name & is on an internal domain name such as domain.local
Additionally you may have published the OWA on a different URL which to access the server from the Internet.
I have therefore referred to the Exchange Server in the following way. Please modify appropriately.

Internal name:

External name:

The same domain naming convention applies to autodiscover.

There are two text files attached to this post. You will need to download them & rename them accordingly.

request.txt (875.00 bytes)

Sancerts.txt (373.00 bytes)

  1. Sancerts.txt
    This file is a batch file & has to be run on the certificate server. It prepares the server to accept SAN requests. Presumably it has to be run only once during the lifetime of the server. Rename it to Sancerts.bat
  2. request.txt
    This is your request file. rename it to Request.inf & save it on the Exchange Server.



  1. Run the batch file Sancerts.bat on the Certificate Server , there is a pause at the end so you can verify that it was successful. If successful , press any key to close the Command window.
  2. Modify Request.inf to match your domain names & server names. If the inside & outside names & domain names are the same you need not duplicate entries.
  3. Open a command prompt on the Exchange server & navigate to the location where you saved Request.inf.
    Note: the process will create files & you should have rights to create files.
  4. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    certreq -new request.inf certnew.req.
  5. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    certreq -submit certnew.req certnew.cer
    You will get a popup asking you to select the Certificate server. It will probably be the same server
  6. If the above command is successful you will get a response that provides you the Request ID number to retrieve the certificate. Make a note of the number. Do not close the Window.
  7. On the certificate Server go to Administrative tools >>Certification Authority
  8. The above will bring up the CertSrv , go to Pending Requests ,  & issue the pending request , it should have today's date as you just requested it.
  9. Return back to the command prompt on the Exchange Server &type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    certreq -retrieve RequestID certnew.cer
    ReuquestID is the number you made of note of in step 6 above
  10. type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    certreq -accept certnew.cer

At this point if all goes well you have created  for & installed a new San certificate on the Exchange Server.

You now need to install this certificate on the OWA for the Exchange server ( See Image below)

  1. Open IIS Manager on the Exchange Server
  2. GO to Sites & select the site that hosts the OWA , in most instances it is the Default Website
  3. Click on Bindings in the Actions Menu on the right hand side.
  4. You should two https Types You will need to apply the certificate to both
  5. Highlight the first https & select edit a Window will pop up
  6. Under SSL certificate , use the drop down menu to select the certificate you just created
    Sadly I could not figure out a way to give it a friendly name so you may have duplicate entries of Internal.domain.local
    Select each one & click View to view the certificate & confirm that you have selected the correct certificate
    The correct certificate will have a validity date of one year from today
  7. Repeat 5 & 6 above for the other https
  8. Restart IIS & you should be done


The other SAD part is that I could not figure out how to assign the certificate for more than one year.

If anybody can figure that out please post on our Facebook page

I hate this nonsense of doing this every year
























Office 2010 activation fails after SP2 with error 0x80070190

clock October 3, 2013 06:20 by author Ashwin Pai

When attempting to activate Microsoft Office 2010 receive error
"An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time.
Please try again later. (0x80070190)"

This is another instance of UAC interfering where it does not make sense.

Enter the key as you would normally do so.
Then you have two options Simple and Complicated , both work

Option 1 Simple

After update , Simply start any Microsoft Office 2010 application , Word , Excel etc.
with Administrator privelges & then activate.

You only need to do this once to activate   

Option 2: Complicated

Open a command prompt with Administrative privelege.
Navigate to one of the following folders.

Win 7 32 bit
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

Win 7 64 bit with 32 bit Office
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Run the following command
C:>cscript ospp.vbs /act

You should see something similar to the following.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14>cscript ospp.vbs /act
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Installed product key detected - attempting to activate the following product:
SKU ID: fdf3ecb9-b56f-43b2-a9b8-1b48b6bae1a7
LICENSE NAME: Office 14, OfficeProPlus-MAK edition
Last 5 characters of installed product key: XXXXX
<Product activation successful>

DONE. Thanks to PaulNSW

If it helped would appreciate a rating star.

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Enter Quickbooks Validation code

clock July 25, 2013 10:51 by author Ashwin Pai

• Open QB
• Click Help > "About QuickBooks" menu
• Press CTRL R P
• "Register QuickBooks" screen is displayed.
• You can enter validation code in "Validation code" field and click "Next"


If it helped would appreciate a rating star.

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Providing a website access to a folder on another server in IIS 7

clock June 26, 2013 09:04 by author Ashwin Pai
  1. On the server that has the folder to which the web server ( other server) will connect , create the share Create a local user ( to avoid domain issues)Give that local user appropriate rights to that share.
  2. On the other server that has the website, Create a Virtual directory In the website.

  3. Specify the pass through authentication , by clicking on Connect as

  4. Select Specific user & click on SET

  5. Provide the username & password for the user you created on the first server in step 1, make sure you specify server name

  6. Ok out till you reach the screen in step 3 & clcik test settings. If you have done it right you should get a connect succesfull response.
  7. If you do not get a succesfull response.
    Check to see if you can connect to the share & map the drive in Windows.
    Netbios traffic must flow between the two servers.

Outlook Express inbox too big , cannot download emails.

clock September 27, 2012 12:52 by author Ashwin Pai

First put Outlook express in offline mode.

In Outlook express then  create blank folders with the names you want to give to the original folders.
E.g.:  Inbox-new, Sent-new

Do not create them as subfolders of inbox as those defeats the purpose. They should be on the same level as the Inbox.
Click on the newly created folders so that Outlook express will create blank files with those names.

Note sure if the above is necessary but I had to do it.
Make sure you make a note of their location & or the location of the inbox.
You can find this location by right clicking on the inbox & copying the path
Close Outlook express.

Navigate to the folder where Outlook Express stores the dbx files. 
In that folder  you should see the above newly created files,  
They are typically 75kb in size.

Now delete or move out these new files created by outlook express & rename the original files to the new names you gave.
Inbox.dbx TO Inbox-new.dbx
Sent Items.dbx TO Sent-new.dbx

When you next open up Outlook Express, it will create new default folders for any default folders that do not exist.
Default folders are Inbox, deleted items, Sent Items & Outbox.

The original folders whose files you renamed, will now  be available in the new names you created.

Note:  The same applies to subfolders. However if you rename a folder & you have message rules that route emails to this folder , the message rule follows the folder. I.e: the email is now routed to foldername-new.  which is over the 2Gb size & hence you will continue to recieve the error message. Make sure that you manually modify the rule to route the email to foldername.

Windows 2008 access denied when editing files

clock June 28, 2012 06:41 by author Ashwin Pai

If you are logged on to the Windows 2008 server as an Administrator or with Administrator privileges, UAC kicks in. If you try to edit files such as web.config , login scripts you get “access denied when you try to the save the file.

Windows 2008 now expects Administrators to manually launching notepad.exe from the start menu, right clicking it and choose “Run as Administrator”. & the browse to the folder & open the required file.

For non-Administrators you can simply give full access to the folder in Security & it will work, but Administrators have to jump through hoops,. Go figure.

If you are like me, you have probably set up the file associations to open these files in notepad when you double click on the file. If you are server administrator you probably do this often on multiple servers.

There are many elaborate solutions out there. I solved my problem by doing the following.

  1. Go to Start >>Administrative Tools >> Local security Policy
  2. Go to Local Policies >>Security Options
  3. Towards the bottom , you will see “ User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode”
  4. Double click & change to “ Elevate without prompting”


Note: You are effectively disabling UAC & should be aware of the implications of doing so.

How to move AutoCorrect entries in Word from one computer to another computer

clock May 17, 2012 14:34 by author Ashwin Pai

The instructions in the link apply to computer to computer move & also version upgrade.



If it is autotext you are looking for , try this. I have not tried it.






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