Thursday, February 21, 2013

TimeGem – Free Tile Layout Software

As a true techie I always look to find computer solutions that can help me save time and money.  I decided to tackle putting down tile in my basement and wondered if there was any software that could help me plan the layout.  I was pleasantly surprised to find TileGem, a freeware app.  After taking measurements I added in the walls, chose the tile, and set the grout size.  Once the room was set up it was easy to drag around the tile grid to find the best way to completely the layout.

http://www.tilegem.com

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Update Thumbprint in Web.Config After Updating ADFS 2.0 Certificate

Recently I had to replace an expired certificate on my ADFS 2.0 machine.  I followed the instruction on the TechNet wiki found here.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2554.ad-fs-2-0-how-to-replace-the-ssl-service-communications-token-signing-and-token-decrypting-certificates.aspx

The instructions were great but there is one more step that you need to complete before your website will connect correctly.

Once you have the thumbprint of the certificate you are using for ADFS 2.0 you must then update the web.config of each website that is utilizing ADFS for authentication.  Be careful when copying the thumbprint from the certificate properties window.  Make sure to remove all the spaces between the data before pasting it into the thumbprint property of the web.config.

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Install/Update Certificate for Remote Desktop Gateway

 

To import a certificate to the RD Gateway server in the (Local Computer)/Personal Store


  1. Open the Certificates snap-in console. If you have not already added the Certificates snap-in console, you can do so by doing the following:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.
    2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue..
    3. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
    4. In the Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box, in the Available snap-ins list, click Certificates, and then click Add.
    5. In the Certificates snap-in dialog box, click Computer account, and then click Next.
    6. In the Select Computer dialog box, click Local computer: (the computer this console is running on), and then click Finish.
    7. In the Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box, click OK.
  2. In the Certificates snap-in console, in the console tree, expand Certificates (Local Computer), and then click Personal.

  3. Right-click the Personal folder, point to All Tasks, and then click Import.

  4. On the Welcome to the Certificate Import Wizard page, click Next.

  5. On the File to Import page, in the File name box, specify the name of the certificate that you want to import, and then click Next.

  6. If the Password page appears, if you specified a password for the private key associated with the certificate earlier, type the password, and then click Next.

  7. On the Certificate Store page, accept the default option, and then click Next.

  8. On the Completing the Certificate Import Wizard page, confirm that the correct certificate has been selected.

  9. Click Finish.

  10. After the certificate import has successfully completed, a message appears confirming that the import was successful. Click OK.

  11. With Certificates selected in the console tree, in the details pane, verify that the correct certificate appears in the list of certificates on the RD Gateway server. The certificate must be under the Personal store of the local computer.

To import a certificate to be used by the RD Gateway server


  1. SERVE 2008 R2: Open RD Gateway Manager. To open RD Gateway Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click RD Gateway Manager.

    SERVER 2008: Open TS Gateway Manager.  To open TS Gateway Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Terminal Services, and then click TS Gateway Manager.

  2. In the RD Gateway Manager console tree, right-click the local RD Gateway server, and then click Properties.

  3. On the SSL Certificate tab, click Select an existing certificate for SSL encryption (recommended), and then click Browse Certificates.

  4. In the Install Certificate dialog box, click the certificate that you want to use, and then click Install.

  5. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box for the RD Gateway Manager server.

  6. If this is the first time that you have mapped the RD Gateway Manager certificate, after the certificate mapping is completed, you can verify that the mapping was successful by viewing the RD Gateway Server Status area in RD Gateway Manager. Under Configuration Status and Configuration Tasks, the warning stating that a server certificate is not yet installed or selected and the View or modify certificate properties hyperlink are no longer displayed.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Page Not Found 404 After Install or Uninstalling CRM 2011 UR

After uninstalling an update rollup and rebooting the machine CRM starting coming back with a 404 Page Not Found error when trying to access the site.

The trace log showed the following error:
Crm Exception: Message: Invalid license. PidGen.dll cannot be loaded from this path C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\Server\bin\PidGen.dll, ErrorCode: –2147167677

This machine was set to NOT automatically install windows updates.  To solve my issue run windows update and get all the current updates other than any new CRM Update Rollups you do not wish to install.  After the windows update and another reboot everything was working again.