Belkin Network 5-Port USB2.0 Hub - F5L009UK

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Since this post was written , Vmware have included USB passthrough in its most recent version 4.1

The VMware Virtulised Operating systems ESXi and ESX do not support USB passthrough. VMware has stopped USB passthrough, as ESX was designed for VMotion. You can migrate Virtual Machines between physical servers and no one will notice. USB will prevent this, since VM is locked to physical USB port.

This brings a problem for Small Business’ when it comes down to their backup solutions. Large Enterprises will use SCSI or SAN which are compatible with VMotion. Luckily this problem has been resolved using a device from Belkin.

The Belkin Network 5-Port USB2.0 Hub maps up to 5 USB devices over a normal TCP/IP network for you. Installation is simple and once installed on a machine will immediately detect the plug and play devices connected to the HUB

This device will also solve issues with servers needing to access USB Dongles with hardware keys on them for anti piracy reasons as seen here

The cheapest I could find was one on Amazon for £52 including free postage

Belkin Network 5-Port USB2.0 Hub

Belkin Network 5-Port USB2.0 Hub - F5L009UK

This is proven working with an average transfer rate of 30mb/s

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SSLCertificateReplacing certificate in Exchange 2007

  • Open Certificate Manager and delete the personal certificate
  • Import new Exchange 2007 certificate from a provider such as GoDaddy.
  • Get serial number from certificate details.
  • From Command Prompt run:  certutil repairstore my “Serial Number”
  • Open Exchange system manager
  • Get-exchangecertificates
  • Enable-exchangecertificate –services “SMTP,POP,IMAP,IIS”
  • Enter thumbprint for certificate.

Replacing certificate in ISA

  • Export certificate from Exchange server using Certificate Manager – Include Private key information.
  • Import certificate into ISA server using certificate manager
  • Update listener on ISA firewall rule to use new certificate.
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Sata Native ModeI was reinstalling Windows XP on a laptop , Upon loading the Serial ATA Drivers ( Via a floppy during setup ) and running the installation I was asked

“insert the disk labeled Intel Application Accelerator driver into drive A”
The Intel Application Accelerator driver uses AHCI for Native Hot Plugging a drive , which is something you are not going to hopefully need while installing windows. To stop this error message coming up I went into the BIOS and disabled AHCI for the windows Installation

If this is not an option for you, you might have to go ahead and create another floppy with the needed intel application accelerator driver!


Here is a RAR file with all the needed drivers

Details on how to yourself :

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Adventure-Works_lg[1] When a Small Business User logs into Remote Web Workplace on a Small Business Server 2008, when trying to login to one of the computers he might be greated with

“No computers are available” in Remote Web Wokplace for SBS 2008

This is down the the fact the user does not have any computers setup for him/her on the server. To setup some computers.

Login to the server , open the Windows SBS Console , Open the Users and Groups tab. Open up the user in question

Go to the computer Tab , then tick the box “Can Remotely access this computer” on the computers you wish to make available to the user. Setting the user as Local Administrator on these computers through this screen will automatically tick the “Can Remotely access this computer” box and grey it out.

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Untrusted-Certificate[1] Upon setting up active sync with your windows mobile device and exchange server you may be greeted with this error message

Security Certificate on the server is not valid. Error 0x80072F0D

This is down to your device needing the certificate from the server to use Outlook Mobile Access. To download a self signed certificate on your site follow these instructions

Go to your outlook webaccess address ( Usually )

You might be greeted with a warning
There is a problems with this website’s security certificate

If so choose : “Continue to this website ( Not recommended )

You should also see this

Certificate ErrorClick to view the certificate
Click on Install Certificates, Click Next

Check “Place all certificates in the following store”

Choose one of the stores ( e.g. Personal )
Run through the rest of the screens
Navigate to Start -> Run -> certmgr.msc
Goto the store selected you saved the certificate to
Right click on the certificate, select All Tasks -> Export

Export this certificate to a .cer file somewhere on your computer

Open Active sync and copy the .cer file from your computer onto the phone into a folder you will be able to access on the phone e.g. Business

Using file explorer ( Located in Start , Programs ) on the Mobile Device , open the folder you saved the .cer certificate file you and open the .cer file itself

It should ask you if you would like to install the certificate

Install the certificate , and this should solve your syncing problem

If you certificate has been provided from a trusted root provider , you may need to download their root certificates onto the phone as well e.g.

Go Daddy

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LightboxIt seems if you do not have a title value for hyperlink with Lightbox , Internet Explorer displays a null value for the default description

Lightbox has released an update and the changelog fixes this error

However if you are using a third party tool, where you cannot modify the main lightbox files , you can resolve this issue by setting the title flag yourself in the hyperlink to nothing e.g.

<a href=’picture.gif’ rel=’lightbox’ title=””><img src=”thumbpic.gif” border=”0″></a><br><a class=’linkHiRes’ href=’pricingpage.gif’></a>

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Adobe Acrobat 8 After trying to create a PDF by printing to the PDF Printer , I recieved this error

“Adobe PDF creation cannot continue because Acrobat is not activated.”

I choose help , then activate , but both activate and deactivate where greyed out. Upon investigation the FLEXnet Licensing Service service in Windows has been disabled and set to manual. Changing this back to automatic and starting the service fixed this problems

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I had 4 XLA Files, that I need to roll out to multiple machines across a network. These XLA files needed to be installed in a certain order. I found some Visual Basic Scripting Code ( off ) to add the Add-In and Enable it ( Can do this manualy by going to Tools , Add ins )

On Error Resume Next
Dim oXL
Dim oAddin
Set oXL = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
Set oAddin = oXL.AddIns.Add("\\Network Path\NameOfXLAAddIn.xla", True)
oAddin.Installed = True
Set oAddin = Nothing
Set oXL = Nothing

I saved this code in a .vbs file , and created a vbs file for each of the xla files that need installing. I then created a .bat file to run these in order. What I found was that only half of the XLA’s where being added to the machine. I checked in the local Add in’s directory ( C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Microsoft\AddIns ) and the Addin’s wearn’t being copied from the server before being registered.

I then added an xcopy function to the BAT file to copy the file manually before adding , and this resolved the issue

xcopy "\\Server Path\Example.xla" "C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Microsoft\AddIns" /y

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This error is displayed when trying to Unistall AVG 7 or Installing a Later Version

Error: Action failed for reg­istry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows: cre­at­ing reg­istry key.…

Error 0x80070005

There are 2 possible fixes to this. The first is to download some software AVG have wrriten to fix the issue from here

Unzip the file and run the .bat file.

If this still does not resolve your issue you will need to manually change the registery permissions

Here’s how I fixed the problem…

  1. Open the reg­istry edi­tor ( Start , Run then type regedit) and nav­i­gate through the folders to the fol­low­ing key:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
  2. Right-click on the Win­dows key.
  3. Choose Per­mis­sions, then click Advanced.
  4. The first two entries should start with “Deny” per­tain­ing to the “Every­one” group.
  5. High­light the first entry and click Remove. Now remove the other “Deny” entry.
  6. Close the reg­istry edi­tor and try your un/instal­la­tion again.
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Vista Blue Screen of DeathAfter performing some windows updates on a Windows Server 2008 Datacenter box , I restarted the Virtual Machine to find a blue screen of death with the following error

File: \windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Status: 0XC0000098
Info: Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing, or corrupt.

The machine wouldn’t boot into safe mode , after some more research this kernel file is used in Windows Vista.

I copied the file from another Windows Server 2008 Datacenter boxVirtual Machine , and luckily the machine booted fine. Here’s a link to the file

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