30 March 2009

Bellow is a step by step guide for creating Microsoft Virtual PC image for SharePoint 2007 development. The steps include configuration settings for creating Virtual PC machine & hard disk, installation & optimization of Windows 2008 and all development tools needed for development of SharePoint 2007. The step includes following tasks in order:

Bellow is more details on few important steps:

1. Prepare VPC – Create Virtual Hard disk & Virtual Machine & Install Windows Server 2008

I would recommend going through this article to install Windows Server 2008 using Virtual PC - http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2007/08/05/testing-windows-server-2008-using-virtual-pc-step-by-step.aspx - Testing Windows Server 2008 using Virtual PC (step-by-step)

This is a very good article on what options to select while creating virtual machine using the Microsoft Virtual PC. One change I strongly recommend is to use dynamic hard disk with hard disk size expandable up to 120GB. In dynamic hard disk you don’t need all 120GB space immediately and it will grow as needed. Max you can select is 130GB.

2. Run Windows Updates & select option for update from other products

Click at Get updates for more products. A new windows will open. Scroll down and accept the terms and click at install.

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2. Convert your Windows Server 2008 to a Workstation -

http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/

This website has great tips and I recommend these changes - Installation, Drivers, Wireless Networking, New User, Auto Logon, Shutdown Tracker, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Computer name, Performance, Internet Explorer Enhanced Security.

You may also want to follow these pages too but will cost some performance - Themes, SideBar with Custom Gadgets, Aero Cursors and Thumbnails, SuperFetch & Delay Activation.

3. Add Web Server IIS Role

Run Start->Programs->Administrative Tools->Server Manager. Then click on Add Role and 

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4. Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 -

The key is you must install the KB 950636 hotfix before installing SQL Server 2005.

http://www.codersbarn.com/post/2008/08/09/SQL-Server-2005-on-Windows-Server-2008.aspx

If you planning to install SQL Server 2005 Reporting Service also then you will need to install IIS6 compatibility features as well. Go through this article for exact details - Installing SQL Server 2005 Reporting Service on IIS 7  - http://igregor.net/post/2008/01/Installing-SQL-Server-2005-Reporting-Service-on-IIS-7.aspx 

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You will also need to provisioning the admin user.

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Following are the steps to install the IIS on Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, you install IIS by adding Web Server Role.

Run Start->Programs->Administrative Tools->Server Manager. Then click on Add Role.

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Click at Add Role and then select Web Server Role IIS.

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You will be asked to add other dependent roles. Click Yes to add other roles.

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If you planning to install Microsoft SQL Server Reporting services or SharePoint 2007 then add IIS 6 compatibility features. Bellow is screenshot of most optimal settings for web development purpose.

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Click next to confirmation screen and then click finish.

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This will start installing the IIS. Wait for completion and then verify you see successfully installed message.

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28 March 2009

GOCR is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program which converts scanned images of text back to text files.

http://jocr.sourceforge.net/

You can download Ashampoo Burning Studio 2009 free by going to the site http://www.blogsdna.com/2376/get-free-ashampoo-burning-studio-2009-full-version.htm and following the steps. The Ashampoo website is in Germany but the blog with steps is in English.

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http://www.blogsdna.com/2376/get-free-ashampoo-burning-studio-2009-full-version.htm

Read the Ashampoo company reviews at http://download.cnet.com/windows/ashampoo/3260-20_4-61683.html and Ashampoo Bunrning Studio 2009 review at http://download.cnet.com/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-Free/3000-2646_4-10776287.html?tag=mncol;lst

ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/ is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. It is light weight application.

19 March 2009

We are using Dotnetnuke 4.5.5 with Microsoft SQL 2005 database. We have faced the blocking issues in past and I would like to share issue & resolution tips with everyone.

Dotnetnuke has a very good logging mechanism to log error and events (audit trail). This can be easily configured per portal or globally for all portals. To edit go to Admin -> "Event Viewer" page.

By default logging is enable for every event so system creates lots of log entries. Dotnetnuke runs a scheduler to delete these log entries (configurable). This Scheduler use a store procedure "PurgeEventLog" to delete old log entries based on configuration setting. This store procedure “PurgeEventLog” causes the SQL blocking issue and ultimately bring the website down. The store procedure looks like bellow:

PROCEDURE [dbo].[PurgeEventLog]

AS

DELETE FROM dbo.EventLog

FROM dbo.EventLogConfig elc

WHERE

    (

    SELECT COUNT(*)

    FROM dbo.EventLog el

    WHERE el.LogConfigID = elc.ID

      and dbo.EventLog.LogTypeKey = el.LogTypeKey

      and el.LogCreateDate >= dbo.EventLog.LogCreateDate

    ) > elc.KeepMostRecent

AND elc.KeepMostRecent<>-1

Incase there are lots of log entries in the EventLog table then procedure “PurgeEventLog” will take longer time to purge all those log entries and blocks other SQL users.

Resolution of the issue: We had to ask DBA to truncate the EventLog table to delete all the log entries. To test this issue you can open the even log page and it will show error that can’t load page.

To avoid this make sure the logging is disabled. Only use logging when you are working on a issue or enable it only for errors and exceptions.

Microsoft has released Windows Internet Explore 8 (IE 8) today. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 website or from Microsoft download section.

The new IE 8 will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 2008. But you cannot install it on Windows 7 Beta. Microsoft planning to incorporate IE 8 into release candidate version of Windows 7.

Some of the users like me who want to test IE 8 for few days/week and then uninstall may want to check the previous post How To Uninstall Windows Internet Explore 8 (IE 8)

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A friend share this news that IE8 will be available from Microsoft's download center, and from the Internet Explorer 8 page

17 March 2009

BackTrack is the very famous Live CD Linux Distribution, and it is use for Penetration testing and it has wide range of security tools, to connect BackTrack computer with the network you have to configure IP address on the LAN Interface

To configure IP Address on the eth0 interface

#ifconfig eth0 10.0.12.13

If you want to configure IP Address with Subnetmask use following COmmand

#ifconfig eth0 10.0.12.50  netmask 255.255.248.0

To manually configure default gateway:

#route add default gw 10.0.8.1 eth0

To Configure DNS servers IP Address:

#echo nameserver 4.2.2.1 > /etc/resolv.conf

#echo nameserver 4.2.2.2 >> /etc/resolv.conf

Turn on the LAN Card

#ifconfig eth0 up

To see Full Information about LAN Card

#ifconfig -a

Vedic cycling photo in the community road.

15 March 2009

The fun day finally came to use our Sea World Fun card. Nautilus Theater is the best show at Sea World and Ocean Commotion was also a great fun.

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Full screen SlidShow

11 March 2009

People who know Vishal Goel may be interested in this news Are H-1B workers getting duped? at Rediff Business website. Also all x-patni people like me are welcome to comment on the story and are invited to open discussion.

Are H-1B workers getting duped? - http://business.rediff.com/specials/2009/mar/07/bpo-are-h-1b-workers-getting-duped.htm

From the article: But this was no dream job come true. Goel's base salary was $23,310, about half the $44,000 that Patni had said it would pay on the visa application, according to a lawsuit he has filed against the company.

Following videos are from UCF’s “Holi Color” program which were performance by UCF students and choreographed by Rakhi

Last week Vedic build Home Depot Raceway at Home Depot Kids Workshops. These workshop are free for kids age 5-12 on the first Saturday of every month. Lowes has similar workshops Lowest Build & Grow Clinics on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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Direct Link:

Home Depot Kids Workshops - http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Kids_Workshops&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&cm_mmc=THD_marketing-_-Clinics_site-_-Digitas-_-KidsClinics

Lowest Build & Grow Clinics - https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/

10 March 2009

This is very obvious question about dual booting computer, means if you have install Windows and Linux both in deferent  partitions, and any reason you want to uninstall Linux from your computer, to do this some users delete the Linux partition but groub is still in MBR and after deleting Linux partition they will face new problem when computer will reboot the  system load groub from MBR but  groub configuration file also deleted with Linux partitions and now groub prompt will appear and your system will not boot Linux as well as Windows also, to solve this problem you have to remove groub from MBR

With the following step by step procedure you can uninstall or delete Linux completely and safely.

Requirements:

You need a windows 98 startup disk or windows installation bootable CD.

Step by step procedure:

1. First Reboot your computer with windows 98 start up disc or Windows CD (with Recovery Console option) and type the following command.

“fixmbr”

2. "fixmbr" command will replace grub loader of Linux and repair yours bootloader and rewrite ntldr on MBR of Hard Disk, now you will see only Windows in the boot menu.

3. Now Boot up with your windows operation system

4. And with use of Disk Manager delete the Linux partition

To run Disk Manager

Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management

5. Go to Disk Management under “Storage”

6. Select your Hard Disk and then select the Linux partition and delete the Linux partition this will delete Linux and grub from boot partition of Linux.

Next time you will boot your computer Windows automatically boot and no groub menu will appear on your boot screen

If you have any problem in the procedure given above leave a comment here…

08 March 2009

This blog post has download links for free but quality e-commerce and business icons. Visit Free Quality E-Commerce Icons - http://bestdesignoptions.com/?p=1904

07 March 2009

Top 10 Social Bookmarking Sites to Drive Traffic

Found this good article on social networking and social marketing.

Excerpt from website: Within the last 3 years Social Networks have taken the internet by storm. Startups have created enormous communities bringing millions of people together through user-friendly interfaces and applications. User's can create profiles and share pictures, music, friends, comments, personal information, favorite sites, and much more. Social Networks like Myspace.com, and Facebook.com have grown at exponential rates and continue to grow. In the past 10 years traditional forms of advertising have become a little more obsolete, and social networks have become an alternative route for reaching the masses. Large advertising agencies have turned to social networks as new marketing outlets because they have the ability to reach a large user base.

Read full Article - Top 10 Social Bookmarking Sites to Drive Traffic

Here is a good guide on - How to configure and synchronise your Bluetooth mobile with Outlook contacts via Bluetooth

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=974

Adblock Plus is a Firefox add-ons which block all the advertise and banner on the page you are browsing. This is realy helpful when you just want to read the website and don’t want to annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page.

Download Adblock Plus - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865 

Website - http://adblockplus.org/

Support - http://adblockplus.org/forum/

You can either select banners, part of the banner address or a filter to block advertises.

You can access your Windows XP Professional PC or laptop from anywhere using the Remote Desktop. For example you can access your home PC from office or from other places while on vacation.

Following a step by step process to setup this. These steps involve enabling Remote Desktop, configuring firewall & wireless router for port forwarding.

Windows XP Pro Remote Desktop configuration, use and troubleshooting help and tips - http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/RemoteDesktop/RemoteDesktopSetupandTroubleshooting.html#Port_forwarding

My home PC got infected by adware and Multiple Explorer windows were keeps opening 40-50 browsers. I had to kill iexplorer.exe using task manager to prevent my machine crash.

First I try Yahoo AnySpy which I trust a great software for free but that did not help. Then I found this forum article and it did the trick. My machine is not in good condition. Thank you Blade81, Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2008.

Multiple Explorer windows keeps opening & search function starts - http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=18318

Watch Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali movies onilne for free - http://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/watch-hindi-telugu-tamil-malayalam-kannada-and-bengali-movies-onilne-for-free/

06 March 2009

We all are familiars with the PDF (Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange.) PDF is the file format standard for online reading and publishing and various software's like Adobe reader allow you to read PDF files but PDF creation software's are not free to use like Adobe PDF creator and Others PDF reader, and prise too high, so dont veary you can also create PDF file freely

With DoPDF PDF convertor

About DoPDF
doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or  PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.


Steps to create PDF -

  • Download DoPDF and install it.
  • Open your word processor/text editor and create your document.
  • Press Ctrl + P or go to File menu and print the document.
  • The Print menu will open,choose DoPDF as virtual Printer and click on Print.
choose DoPDF as virtual Printer and click on Print.
  • Choose the location for your document to save and click OK.Your PDF file will be created.
Choose the location for saving your document
  • Congratulations..you have created your PDF file for free .

05 March 2009

03 March 2009

We build this Robot yesterday using Cereal box. This is Vedic homework too. In school they are reading about machines and robots.

Vedic-Robot-Somi

02 March 2009

Feedburner is now featuring new service like MyBrand in which you can have a custom URL like feeds.laksha.net. This service is for free as of now.

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