Fullshot tip: reassign Hotkeys

I have been using Fullshot from Inbit for years and one thing that always got under my skin was not being able to remember the hotkey combination for certain types of captures. It would be really cool if you could hover over the “SWORD” buttons to get a hint with the Hotkey but, you cannot. However, I have found one way to remember the hotkey combination is to reassign the hotkeys to match the SWORD order for the buttons. In other words []

Repairing Exchange Discovery Mailboxes

I went to perform a Discovery Search on our Exchange 2010 server for the first time since installing the server. Naturally, there was a problem. When trying to create a search using the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) the response was an error and the search could not be saved. My first thought was to make sure the arbitration accounts were setup and had the correct permissions. So, in the Exchange Management Shell I ran the command get-user -arbitration which showed the system mailboxes []

Block Google ads in AdBlock Plus

Recently, it has come to light that the developers of the super popular Firefox plugin AdBlock Plus have been taking money by some sites to exempt their ads from being blocked. Probably, the most notable contributor to the plugin developers is Google. The reasons and ramifications have been discussed on several sites like TechCrunch, The Verge, and at Search Engine Watch. Fortunately, this behavior can be reversed by changing the settings in the AdBlock Plus plugin. The following depicts how: That’s it! []

Check php.ini for syntax errors

In the middle of setting-up a new webserver on a Windows Server 2008 machine using IIS7 and PHP 5.4 I ran into a problem that had me stumped for a short time. Though not something that is done frequently setting-up PHP on a Windows server is something that I am well-versed in doing. I know of the most common stumbling blocks and how to get around them – especially on Windows machines. A common issue for those new to PHP is the []

Beware 32bit and 64bit ODBC Data Source Administrators

While creating an SSIS Package in SQL Server 2008 R2 I ran into a problem with an “architecture mismatch between the driver and the application” when trying to use a DSN as a new connection. It turns out this is the result of the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers. When creating data source names using the ODBC Data Source Administrator (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Data Sources (ODBC)). Apparently when you run this tool on a Windows 2008 R2 server []

Create custom wallpaper for your servers

I like to set the Windows Desktop to a specific color to easily identify it from other desktops I may have open. This way when I have multiple Remote Desktops running I can quickly see which one I need to click on. At a minimum I usually set the background color of the Desktop. Recently though, I started making custom images that I use as wallpaper that incorporate color idea and adds information to positively identify the server I am working on. []

Cannot login to Windows machine on vmware snapshot

In setting up a new SQL Server 2008 server in VMWare I created a baseline snapshot of the machine as it was before installing SQL Server. This way I could practice installing SQL Server refining the process with each installation. Today, I reverted back to my baseline snapshot and suddenly could not log in to the server using Remote Desktop. The Widows 7 Remote Desktop client was less than helpful about what could be the cause. Checking the Event Log on the []

Transferring logins in SQL Server

I am in the process of upgrading our Prophet21 databases from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008 R2. After restoring the backup from the old server you are left with a database that has user logins assigned to it that do not exist in the new SQL Server. Furthermore, if you try to just re-create them in SSMS you’ll still have a problem because the “Security Identifiers” or SIDs will be different. You must transfer the logins from the old SQL []

How to start Prophet21 Acclaim

Today I needed to power-up our old Prophet21 Acclaim server to find some old information. It has been 7 years since we upgraded and the terminal connected to the machine did not work. So, I connected a switch and laptop to the server and tried to get in that way. Unfortunately, when I tried to go into Acclaim I got the “Stopped!” message. I remember I had to enter an ON and a GO somewhere but, couldn’t remember where. The trick it []