SQL Server: Enable the Dedicated Administrator Connection
paul | Friday, 01 August 2014 | SQL | DAC

You never know when you are going to need to connect onto a SQL Server to troubleshoot an issue so ensure the dedicated administrator connection (DAC) is configured so that a connection is reserved for emergencies.

The T-SQL below will configure the option.

sp_configure 'remote admin connections', 1;
GO
RECONFIGURE;
GO
 
More information on MSDN at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190468.aspx
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Protect Windows IIS Servers and Forefront TMG against Heartbleed
paul | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | IIS | Hearbleed

IISCrypto

After the Heartbleed scare I used Nartac's IISCrypto to disable weak encryption methods on Windows IIS and Forefront TMG servers. Much easier to use than hacking registry entries to apply best practice in security.

IISCrypto can be downloaded for free from: https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Default.aspx

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If the database service does not start properly and stays in the Starting status then this may be due to a problem with the database files. Carry out the following steps to fix then issue:
 
  1. Use Task Manager to end the process "dbsrv12.exe"
  2. Open a windows Command Prompt
  3. Change to folder. cd "Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpont Protection Manager\ASA\win32"
  4. Run dbsrv12 -f "c:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpont Protection Manager\db\sem5.db"
  5. When it is complete and the window automatically closes try to start the service "Symantec Embedded Database" in Services.msc.
 
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Notes client error when archiving locally
paul | Thursday, 17 July 2014 | IBM | Notes

I can across an issue recently when a user was trying to archiving using a local managed replica of their mailfile they receive the error "Error accessing archive information" or "Invalid or Nonexistent document".
                                                                        
Archiving from the server replica worked fine.
 
 
Resolution
 
1. Deleted Archive Profile. Did not resolve issue.
 
2. Check ACL of Archive database. Looked Fine.
 
3. Removed Policy documents from users local address book. No error displayed when the user then archived. 
 
Ran Fixup/Updall/Compact against the users names.nsf and resolved issue. Result: due to a corrupt local address book.
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IBM Traveler App updated to 9.0.1.1
paul | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Traveler | Contacts
Your IBM Traveler app for Android may have recently updated to version 9.0.1.1 from the Google Play Store.
 
The new version has removed the Lookup app and replaced it with a new Contacts app. There will be a new icon in your app drawer like the one below.
 
Contacts Icon
 
Running this access the new Contacts app. This is an improved contacts editor for Traveler contacts which will also allow you to do remote Lookups against the server Address Book.
 
Contact ListContact Edit
 
Other new features
 
  • Swipe Inbox emails left to display actions (delete, file, reply, forward)
  • Display other Local calendars on your Traveler calendar (settings)
  • Picture of contact displayed with email
  • Display other Local contacts on your Contacts app (settings)
  • Create Calendar entry from email

Edit: Found first issue. Emails sent through to Notes client come through with the text all on one line missing carriage returns. Tried raising a PMR but IBM are aware of the issue and an update will be issued via the Play Store.

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