WMIC error: “Invalid XSL format (or) file name.”
paul | Tuesday, 08 April 2014 | Windows | WMIC

When running a WMIC command with a /format:csv it returns the error below:

“Invalid XSL format (or) file name.”

To fix this specify the full path of the csv.xsl filter filename 

WMIC /format:"%WINDIR%\System32\wbem\en-us\csv"

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Lotus Notes - Notes Client error: IBM Notes failed to start successfully
paul | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | IBM | Notes
IBM Lotus Notes Client will not start. After entering the users password it eventually displays the error message "IBM Notes failed to start successfully".
Notes Client error: IBM Notes failed to start successfully
Check if it will start in Basic mode (test by appending -sa to the desktop shortcut command line and running). If so then it may be a Java issue. 
  1. Copy the Framework folder (c:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Lotus\Notes\framework) from another client which does work and is the same version. Overwrite all files and merge folders when prompted.
  2. Start Client.
Issue affects Standard clients only.
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I've just signed for Men United
paul | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Charity | Prostate Cancer

I've just signed for Men United. Join me and help beat Prostate Cancer by taking the Men United test. We can win this http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org/?p=sharebutton.

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The error message below is display when querying a linked AS400 server.

Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 The OLE DB provider "IBMDASQL" for linked server "SQLSERVERNAME" reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error. Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 1 Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider "IBMDASQL" for linked server "AS400".

Odd thing is the error is only displayed when the query is executed on the server itself and not when executed remotely on a workstation.


In the Provider Options (under Linked Servers in SQL Server Management Studio), for IBMDASQL, ensure that "Allow inprocess" is selected.

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Renewing Domino SSL Certificate
paul | Tuesday, 04 February 2014 | IBM | SSL
How to renew a SSL certificate on a Domino Web server.
  1. Copy .kyr and .sth from Server data folder to local Workstation
  2. Open Certsrv.nsf (Server Certificate Admin) on Server from Notes Client (not Administrator)
  3. Go to View Certificate Request Log
  4. Select Key Ring to Display
  5. Enter path to copied local kyr file
  6. Enter Password
  7. Select "Create Key Ring & Certificates"
  8. Select "Create Certificate Request"
  9. Copy CSR text
  10. Email your CSR to your SSL Certificate supplier
  11. When CSR returned then copy the text
  12. Back in Notes Client select "Install Certificate into Key Ring"
  13. Paste in certificate text
  14. Press "Merge Certificate into Key Ring" button
  15. Copy .kyr from local to Server Data directory
  16. Restart web server with "tell http restart"
Done. Simples ;-).
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