Jesper M. Christensen

SharePoint and Security

Windows Surface cannot find many apps


I just got my first Windows Surface, and already now I am happy about it – to use as a working-device.

I had some problems finding a lot of apps that I knew existed. This included Microsoft Lync client and the MetroTwit apps. Using the Windows Store through the Internet Explorer it was possible to find and install the apps.

The reason was that the Surface “helped” me in finding applications in my own language, which is Danish, but apparently just filtered English applications even if no Danish applications where found.

Simply by going into the Microsoft Store app, swiping from the right, going into settings, preferences and disable the “Make it easier to find apps in my preferred language” did the trick.

Now I got many more apps to try out

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Creating a Windows Azure virtual network with site-to-site VPN to SonicWALL


One of the great new features of Windows Azure is the ability to create a site-to-site VPN connection to your local network.

Microsoft delivers configuration instructions for Cisco and Juniper and currently only deliver information and step-by-step configuration details for these devices.

In this blogpost I will guide you through configuring a new virtual network to a SonicWALL device through the Windows Azure web portal.

Creating a Local Network

For establishing the connection to a local network you can define your local network before actual creating a new Virtual Network in Windows Azure. This will give you the possibility to create a site-to-site connection in the “New Virtual Network” configuration wizard.

Access the network configuration section in the Windows Azure web portal.

Click the tab called “Local Networks”

Here you click “+ Create” button on the bottom of the page.

Fill out the Name and the public IP address of the VPN gateway.

Then click the next-arrow to proceed to step 2.

You will fill out the subnet(s) and click the checkmark button to create this entry.

Creating a new Virtual Network and the gateway connection in Windows Azure

It is vital that you create the virtual network before you create the virtual machines in Windows Azure as it is not easy to change to another network for the machines (at the moment).

You will access your portal and click the “+ NEW” button and select “Network” and “Custom Create”

Here you will fill in details regarding the network such as Name, Region to be used and select or create an affinity group.

Then click the next-arrow to proceed to step 2.

Here you will create your address space and subnets. It is important that you know a bit about subnetting as the address space must include all the subnets you create. The address space is used for “grouping” the addresses and will be used for routing and the VPN tunnel. The network is virtualized and do not conflict with any other networks in Windows Azure.

I create two subnets as the screenshot shows.

Then click the next-arrow to proceed to step 3.

On this configuration screen you will choose a DNS (if any, the default is a Windows Azure default). If you need to create additional domain controllers for an existing domain from your local network it could be a good idea to fill this out.

This is also the page where you configure the actual connection to the local network. You will type in the subnet of the Windows Azure network that is available for the local network. In this example I will provide access to all my Windows Azure subnets.

Click the checkmark button to create the new Virtual Network and configure the Windows Azure VPN connection.

Note: You cannot change the VPN connection details without deleting the gateway. This takes a while and will delete the Windows Azure VPN entry. Afterwards you can create a new gateway and VPN connection again for this Virtual Network.

Configuring the SonicWALL for the VPN connection to the Windows Azure gateway

This example is made from a SonicWALL with an enhanced firmware installed. The enhanced firmware is not required for this to work and just use the same configuration details for a standard firmware.

Log on to your SonicWALL as an admin and go to the “Network” and “Address Objects” menu.

Create a new Address Object (and possibly an Address Group also for future reconfigurations) that defines the Windows Azure network used in the VPN tunnel.

Now you will start the VPN configuration wizard from the button in the upper right corner of the SonicWALL – click Wizards and choose “VPN Wizard”

Choose Site-to-Site

Fill in a name, the preshared key and the Remote Peer IP Address. You can find this by accessing the Windows Azure web portal, go to the “Networks” area and clicking your Virtual Network. On this dashboard you can see the “Gateway IP address” which you will use. The preshared key can be found by clicking the “View Key” on the same page.

 

Select which subnets you want the Windows Azure networks to access internally and the Windows Azure networks created before

Now select the security settings for this tunnel. This can be different in your configuration or future Windows Azure standards and can be found in the configuration script generated by the Windows Azure Virtual Network Download-wizard. Download the file and check the content.

Now you can complete your wizard and both NAT entries and the VPN tunnel will be created.

Edit the VPN tunnel and configure the ID’s for this tunnel to match the public IP of the SonicWALL and the internal Windows Azure gateway IP (you can see this in the SonicWALL log in an error message. Microsoft could change the settings to support other VPN vendors that do not support their auto-IP-ID configuration):

Also check the proposals section for this – The exchange method must be set to “Main mode”

To active this you can try pinging an address on the remote subnet and you should be able to reach this after the VPN tunnel has initialized. Alternatively you can enable the “Keep alive” on the “Advanced” tab of the VPN tunnel configuration on the SonicWALL.

Note: All Windows Azure Windows Servers has activated the Windows Firewall and you need to either disable the firewall (not recommended!) or add an allow-entry for ICMPv4 traffic in this.

You can check the status of the site-to-site connection on the Windows Azure web portal “Networks” area and clicking your Virtual Network.

I hope this guide helps you configuring a site-to-site tunnel between the networks.

Using CloudXplorer to access Windows Azure Storage


If you have create a blob storage location in Windows Azure you might want to get access to this. John Craddock was so friendly to show me how easy this was using the free product CloudXplorer from ClumfyLeaf (http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer)

You need some details to access your storage of course, and you find these from the Windows Azure Portal in the Storage section (I have hidden my storage ID’s and use these fake ones for this post).

  • Take a note of the name, I will use: TestID7283947

Simply click on the storage partition you want to access and afterwards click the “Manage Keys” button at the bottom of the page.

This will reveal the access keys for this storage location:

  • Copy one of the keys

Now you are ready to add this storage location to your CloudXplorer. Please download this from http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer , install and run the program.

Go to the accounts page by clicking “File”, “Accounts…” and click the “New” button and choose “Windows Azure Account…”


Here you can fill in your storage details and tick the “Use SSL/TLS”

Now you have added the storage location and can access this through the CloudXplorer:

Windows Azure – Can we use it for SharePoint now?


I head the great news on the Microsoft TechEd 2012 Europe conference: You can even install Microsoft SharePoint on the Windows Azure virtual machines!

I see endless possibilities in Azure for testing purposes, data and active directory redundancy, external access and extranets and the list just continues.

New functionality in Windows Azure

The new functionality that had been introduced in Windows Azure which makes it possible to work with:

  • Virtual Machines (Windows & Linux from templates or own vhd-images)
  • Virtual Networks (separation of networks in Windows Azure)
  • Site-to-Site VPN connection (e.g. to your own LAN)
  • …much more

With these new features we are in fact able to run almost any type of program, server or service in the cloud – including Microsoft SharePoint.




Fig. 1 – Diagram of Windows Azure and the internal network connection

If you already have Microsoft Hyper-V machines (VHD-files) the good news is that these are fully compatible with Windows Azure. You can actually just copy the files between your environment and Windows Azure as you please. For this process please check out my blogpost “Using CloudXplorer to access Windows Azure Storage“.

I was determined to check this out right away and started my setup of test environment. This included installing a new domain controller, SQL Server and SharePoint farm in the cloud. I would connect this Windows Azure environment to my internal network with the new site-to-site VPN functionality – even though I had SonicWALL as firewall. At present time Windows Azure only supports (or actually provides the configuration details) to Cisco and Juniper VPN devices.

Getting started

Signing up for a Windows Azure account is quite easy – just enroll on http://www.WindowsAzure.com

The pricing on Windows Azure services is in my opinion very fair as you only pay for what you use – space, usage and time. The price calculator is easy to use and gives you an exact overview of your spending.

Fig. 2 – Example of the monthly fee for 24 hours Windows Azure Windows Server

If you are connected to a Microsoft Partner or own a MSDN subscription you are entitled to activate some “free resources”. Read more on the Pricing, Member offers section on the website.

Preparing the environment for SharePoint

This blogpost provides you with a quick introduction of Windows Azure and do not go into much detail. You can read more information about Windows Azure and the services on the Microsoft Windows Azure website

I will post installation guides for the following setup soon:

This will provide you with an environment that is ready for a Microsoft SharePoint installation. More guides will follow on installation and access configuration to the SharePoint sites.

I will update the above headlines with the links to these blogposts.

Considerations regarding your data

Microsoft will keep the virtual machines and data online according to the service you buy. As default the data is stored on three physical drives but it is possible to buy local and geo redundant storage locations.

Please make sure you also make a backup/restore plan for your data as Microsoft only provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Of course you also need to have the licensing in place for the products you run.

Also check the support possibilities and make sure all the above matches your needs.

WP7 – How I changed my country location on LiveID


I have had my Microsoft Windows Phone 7 for some time now and when I got this the Marketplace in Denmark was not launched. Because of that my Microsoft XBOX Live account (that was attached to my Microsoft LiveID) was created to the location of United Kingdom.

Microsoft went live with their Danish marketplace, but I soon figured out that it wasn’t easy to change my country on the XBOX Live account that was used on the Windows Phone 7. It was a permanent link to the wrong country. I tried to change this on the XBOX Live account management pages with no success. Afterwards I called the XBOX Live support and got the message to create a new LiveID with the location of Denmark because you cannot change this. Even google didn’t help me out…. Sigh…

Okay, but my LiveID has been around for a long time and it is attached to many services in the Microsoft MSDN, Partner and other networks – so I wasn’t going to create a new one.

Then one came to me with a suggestion:

Use an XBOX 360 to change the XBOX Live accounts between Microsoft LiveID accounts!

AND —- IT WORKS !

Just remember that if you use this account for XBOX Gaming you need to use the new Microsoft LiveID if you saved games, credits etc. on the account.

Here is how I change my LiveID to Denmark:

  1. Power off your Windows Phone 7
  2. Create a new Microsoft LiveID account but do NOT log on to XBOX Live with this yet
  3. On the XBOX 360 download your profile from the LiveID that is bound to the wrong country
  4. Under Account Management, slide to the menu that contains the “Microsoft LiveID” menu and use this to change to a new LiveID. (This will un-link the old XBOX Live account from the Microsoft LiveID)
  5. Power on your Windows Phone 7
  6. Enter the Marketplace and this should create a new XBOX Live account for your Microsoft LiveID – and you can choose your country

If by any change the “Microsoft LiveID “menu isn’t there try to change your XBOX system location to United States and set it back when you are finished.

I hope this helps anyone else that was linked to the wrong country in the first place.

Bulk change list item metadata in SharePoint 2010


Sometimes we need to change one or multiple items in a SharePoint list, and this PowerShell script helps us accomplish this task very easy:

Change a single item (with a known ID)

$SPAssignment = Start-SPAssignment
$SPWeb = Get-SPWeb http://intranet.domain.local/sitename -AssignmentCollection $spAssignment
$SPList = $SPWeb.Lists[“Contacts”]
$SPItem = $SPList.GetItemById(“37”)
$SPItem[“Company”] = “New value”
$SPItem.Update()
Stop-SPAssignment $SPAssignment

 

Change multiple items (with a known field value)

$SPAssignment = Start-SPAssignment
$SPWeb = Get-SPWeb http://intranet.domain.local/sitename -AssignmentCollection $spAssignment
$SPList = $SPWeb.Lists[“Company”]
$SPItems = $SPList.Items | Where { $_[“Company”] -eq “Old value” }
foreach($item in $SPItems){
$item[“Konsulent”] = “New value”
$item.Update()
}
Stop-SPAssignment $SPAssignment


 

A late night installing PowerPivot on an existing SharePoint 2010 Farm


“Okay, this feature should be a quick installation and afterwards I want to test my new ideas…..”

-like many products out there today this was no walk in the park either. 8 hours of troubleshooting, reading TechNet articles and blogs I finally nailed it!

I found a GREAT installation guide on installing PowerPivot for SharePoint 2010 that Cornelius J. van Dyk wrote, and I came 98% of the way.

Still I need 100% to have a working installation J

The error I constantly got was: The given key was not present in the dictionary

Digging through the log files I found an error – not a SQL Server installation issue but a result of the SharePoint Product and Services Configuration part of the installation (see the full error log last the end of the blog post):

2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionExecutionException: The given key was not present in the dictionary. ---> System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException: The given key was not present in the dictionary. 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowKeyNotFoundException() 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.get_Item(TKey key) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities.SPUtility.GetUserPropertyFromAD(SPWebApplication webApplicaiton, String loginName, String propertyName) 

-so I checked the permissions in Active Directory and found I have missed setting the READ flag on the SPServices and SPFarmAdmin accounts.

I followed this guide and if someone has a better solution, please advise me J

  1. Open up “Active Directory Users and Computer”
  2. Select “Advanced features” from the “View” menu
  3. Right-click the relevant account and select “Properties”
  4. Select the “Securities” Tab
  5. Scroll down and select “Authenticated users”
  6. Allow “Read” permissions
  7. Hit Ok

Afterwards I installed the PowerPivot again and it completed successfully.

Thanks again Cornelius – you lead me almost there and saved a good night’s sleep

Full error log:

2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Performing configuration task 3 of 3 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Finalizing the SharePoint Products configuration... 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Successfully completed the SharePoint Products configuration. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Total number of configuration settings run: 3 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Total number of successful configuration settings: 3 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Total number of unsuccessful configuration settings: 0 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Successfully stopped the configuration of SharePoint Products. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Configuration of the SharePoint Products has succeeded. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function ConfigExistingFarmFirstASserverUseSharedService(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function GetSolutionProductVersion(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: File name is Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.DLL 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Found solution location in regsitry setting 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: The location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\SDK\Assemblies\Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.DLL. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: The product version of solution is 10.50.1600.1. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function UpdateEngineServiceInstanceIMBIVersionAndUnprovisionedBySetupBit(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function GetLocalEngineServiceInstance(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Found Gemini Engine Service instance on current machine. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Found Gemini Engine Service instance on current machine. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Current IMBI version of engine service is null. It means the engine service is newly installed. It should be turned on by Setup if its version is desirable. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Existing IMBI version is null 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: CurrentIMBIVersion property of Gemini Engine Service instance on machine SHARE2010 is set to 10.50.1600.1 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function GetSolutionProductVersion(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: File name is Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.DLL 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Found solution location in regsitry setting 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: The location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\SDK\Assemblies\Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.DLL. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: The product version of solution is 10.50.1600.1. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Running function UpdateMidTierServiceSolutionVersion(). 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: CurrentSolutionVersion property of Gemini Mid Tier Service instance on machine is set to 10.50.1600.1. 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Entering function ChangeUserAccount() 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Switching Service Account to desired user 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Action: Failpoint id: Switching_Service_Account 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Result: Success 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Action: (Utility) Detecting Service Name 
2011-12-28 22:37:03 AS: Result: (Utility) MSOLAP$POWERPIVOT 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 AS: Exception!! 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 AS: The given key was not present in the dictionary. 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Error: Action "Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.AnalysisServices.ASSPIInstallFarmAction" threw an exception during execution. 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionExecutionException: The given key was not present in the dictionary. ---> System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException: The given key was not present in the dictionary. 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowKeyNotFoundException() 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.get_Item(TKey key) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities.SPUtility.GetUserPropertyFromAD(SPWebApplication webApplicaiton, String loginName, String propertyName) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPManagedAccount.GetUserAccountControl(String username) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPManagedAccount.Update() 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPProcessIdentity.Update() 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.AnalysisServices.ASSPIConfigExtension.ChangeUserAccount(String userName, SqlSecureString password) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.AnalysisServices.ASSPIInstallFarmAction.ConfigExistingFarmFirstASServerUseSharedService() 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.AnalysisServices.ASSPIInstallFarmAction.ExecuteAction(String actionId) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Chainer.Infrastructure.Action.Execute(String actionId, TextWriter errorStream) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.ExecuteActionHelper(TextWriter statusStream, ISequencedAction actionToRun) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: --- End of inner exception stack trace --- 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.ExecuteActionHelper(TextWriter statusStream, ISequencedAction actionToRun) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.ExecuteActionWithRetryHelper(WorkflowObject metaDb, ActionKey action, ActionMetadata actionMetadata, TextWriter statusStream) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.InvokeAction(WorkflowObject metabase, TextWriter statusStream) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.PendingActions.InvokeActions(WorkflowObject metaDb, TextWriter loggingStream) 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: The configuration failure category of current exception is ConfigurationFailure 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Watson Bucket 1 
 Original Parameter Values 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 0 : SQL Server 2008 R2@RTM@ 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 1 : Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionInvocation.ExecuteActionHelper 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 2 : System.ThrowHelper.ThrowKeyNotFoundException 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 3 : Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionExecutionException@1203@1 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 4 : System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException@-2146232969 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 5 : ASSPIInstallFarmAction 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 6 : INSTALL@STARTUPFINALIZE@ANALYSIS_SERVER_SPI 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: 
 Final Parameter Values 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 0 : SQL Server 2008 R2@RTM@ 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 1 : 0xD42B86D4 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 2 : 0xA0A72FEE 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 3 : 0x30E00066@1203@1 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 4 : 0xD05BC945 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 5 : ASSPIInstallFarmAction 
2011-12-28 22:37:05 Slp: Parameter 6 : 0x0FF251A7 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Microsoft_Microsoft SQL Server.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Microsoft_Windows_CurrentVersion_Uninstall.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Microsoft_MSSQLServer.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Wow6432Node_Microsoft_Microsoft SQL Server.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Wow6432Node_Microsoft_Windows_CurrentVersion_Uninstall.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:09 Slp: Sco: Attempting to write hklm registry key SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\MSSQLServer to file C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111228_222512\Registry_SOFTWARE_Wow6432Node_Microsoft_MSSQLServer.reg_ 
2011-12-28 22:37:12 Slp: The given key was not present in the dictionary. 
2011-12-28 22:37:14 Slp: Watson bucket for exception based failure has been created 
2011-12-28 22:37:14 Slp: at Microsoft.SqlServer.Setup.Chainer.Workflow.ActionEngine.RunActionQueue()Error: Action "ASSPI_Install_ASSPIInstallStartupFinalize_Cpu64" failed during execution.

Browser error: ”Only secure content is displayed” on SharePoint 2010 site


I recently ran into this issue after the migrating of a SharePoint Server 2010 site to a new domain name.

At the front page our Internet Explorer 9 showed this error message:

-and the people using this site was annoyed as they needed to click the “Show all content” button each time they visited the SharePoint site.

This error appears if you access a SSL encrypted site (https://) and some elements or content on the page is unencrypted (http://). IFRAMES, images, scripts and other elements can be causing this to happen, but in my case I couldn’t see any difference just by looking at the page or examining the HTML source.

Instead of disabling this message box (by allowing the browser always to show unsecure content – please do not do that) I performed the following steps to find out what was causing this error.

 

  1. I visited the SharePoint site and saw the error message in the bottom of the screen
  2. I entered the build-in “Developer Console” feature of Internet Explorer 9 by hitting F12


  3. I refreshed the SharePoint page by hitting F5
  4. On the developer console these lines appeared:

Excellent – here I had the “root of the problem”

I hope this post helps others with the same problem

 

 

 

 

Cloudshare – for IT-Pro and developers


I stumbled over a twitter update by Joel Oleson regards this cloud service – and I really like this new functionality in the cloud!

Cloudshare (http://www.cloudshare.com) is an online service where you easily can create a demonstration, development or test environment of e.g.

  • Windows Client
  • Windows Server with
    • Active Directory
    • Exchange Server
    • SharePoint Server
    • Etc.
  • Other clients

The service delivers a virtual environment where you can choose between different templates or scenarios to install. You will have access through the cloudshare portal where you can get a remote desktop to the individual servers, configure hardware settings and manage the virtual machines (snapshots, restore etc).

One of the most cool functions is that you will have access to your local environment/drives through the RDP or a VPN connection. The next cool functionality is the ability to share your environment(s) with other people.

Cloudshare is a really cool project/product and within the first day of the 14 days trial I decided to continue with one of their subscriptions – it is not expensive at all ! –and you will be up and running in minutes.

I encourage all IT consultants, developers and administrators to check this out – at least the 60 secs of their online demonstration video

Just remember only to test/develop/demo – and not running it in production….yet

Happy clouding J

Jesper

How I use social media


Sometimes I get a question like “Why do you use Twitter when you have Facebook?” or “Why are you active on different social networks? It is from IT guys that have been around since the good old BBS times where we dialed up to these with our 9.600 baud modem and “networked” with other IT guys.

Typically my answer is: “It is really not the same you can do in these social places…” – and this is why I write this blog-post. I wouldn’t say I am right about all things, but this is how I use social media.

Online forums

I use and try to help others on the Microsoft Technet SharePoint forums – to keep myself up-to-date and help others with the things I know something about. I am also a bit active in the Danish IT community forum www.IT-Experts.dk and typically browse around, try to help people and occasionally ask questions, debate and write blog posts.

Facebook

I only use this for my personal friends and family

LinkedIn

I use this to keep my online profile up-to-date with work-related skills and information. Former and present colleagues and IT guys I know are also invited to keep track on their professional information. This helps me to easily find persons with a special expertise.

Twitter

I am a bit new on twitter but find this social media easy to use. It keeps me informed about events, news and what my contacts are doing/thinking about right know. Also the search functionality helps to find a post I can remember to have read sometime.

TripIt

My TripIt application online and on my phone keeps me informed about my travel plans, flight schedules and reservation numbers. The hotel and location features are also awesome! When I am traveling It is easy to find other people I know in the same area – this is especially useful when participating in conferences.

Foursquare

This is a bit of a playing-app – and still. I use Foursquare to find good deals in shops/restaurants and I can see if any in my network is around and where they might be staying so I can meet them there. Also a good conference app to have.

 

All of these I check with my laptop – or mostly now with my Windows Phone 7. With these social applications I can keep in touch with a great SharePoint community and of course also any other person online J