Archive for October 2009

Courion Tip – Self Service password reset doesn’t work

I got some of the workflows working on the new server, and now it was time to start tackling why the remaining ones didn’t work. Specifically, the self service password reset. Whenever you provided answers to the challenge response questions, it said you gave the wrong answer.  I opened a ticket with Courion, and was surprised by the answer.

Basically, the Courion server doesn’t know that the fields in the database are encrypted. Log into their admin tool, open the toolbox, go into security, and select the encrypted fields, then click on Encrypt. This doesn’t encrypt them, it just lets the server know that they are encrypted. I think this is an odd way to handle it, but it worked and the self reset workflow is fine now.

At least some of the others, and I believe most, rely on another product we use called RSA Secure Trust (or is it Clear Trust?) and some SSL certificates which aren’t installed yet.

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Posted October 27, 2009 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip

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Courion Tip – moving the GAT service

I have some new servers, and I tried to move the GAT service today. If you don’t know, it’s short for Global Arrestor Table, and keeps stuff from ping-ponging around the servers and active directory. Anyway, there’s a configuration step that doesn’t seem to be documented, but apparently the consultant knew to do.

Go into the local groups, and this is from memory, but there is something like DCOM users. Add all the servers that are running courion in. AND, thats sort of critical, when you click on ADD, it tries to add users and groups. you have to click on advanced, and change it to add computers. IF you dont see a little computer icon, you got it wrong, and the TSAO and GAT services wont talk to each other.

Additionally, I had to add the IUSR_machinename account to the same localgroup on the box that is running GAT. Well, seems like this will be more clear after you get done!! Anyway, I get NO DCOM errors in eventvwr now. Nice to be able to say that!

AND, by the way, Courion does not make it easy to move to new servers. I had to manually add all of our domain controllers to the transparent synch configuration.  We are an international company, I think that’ s about 80 I had to add.

Posted October 20, 2009 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip

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website ' http://ismyblogworking.com/' to check your website…   Leave a comment

Saw this on an episode of tekzilla, sorry, forgot which one, but tells you if your website is up or not – BUT does more including a brief analysis of your robots.txt file.. www.ismyblogup.com

Posted October 19, 2009 by mmdmurphy in blogging, tips

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Virtual PC

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproappcompat/thread/49475172-16af-40f0-9478-fe1bc7269a97

http://nemesisv.blogspot.com/2009/04/installing-ubuntu-904-on-microsoft.html

Issue 1: /etc/grub/menu.lst

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-15-modifiedboot vga = 791
uuid unique to each system
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-15-generic root=UUID=see above ro vga=791 noreplace-paravirt i8042.noloop quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-15-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-15-modified recovery vga = 791
uuid unique to each system
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-15-generic root=UUID=see above ro vga=791 noreplace-paravirt i8042.noloop single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-15-generic
quiet

Issue 2: xorg.conf… I found this file on the internet, it looks good, but they had formatting in it which I have stripped out (an xorg.conf file doesn’t support the crap they had in there)… website was something like helpdeskgeek, but now lost. Here’s a copy and pate from mine. This works, I think it’s crap free, and there’s nothing more in there (I left nothing out)

# xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
# Driver "vesa"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
# Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 30-70
VertRefresh 50-100
EndSection

#Section "Screen"
# Identifier "Default Screen"
# Monitor "Configured Monitor"
# Device "Configured Video Device"
#EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Posted October 18, 2009 by mmdmurphy in Linux, tips, windows

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Screen Capture FSCapture and GreenShot

I use SnagIt at work, but it’s a commercial program. I was looking at my portableapps on my hard drive (I have a copy on there, it’s GREAT on a hard drive!!) and noticed I have this

FastStone Capture http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=775 Is it as good as SnagIt? Nope, but pretty darned good. Also, it’s free (though don’t get the latest version – it’s not!) There’s another program from them, FSViewer that looks pretty cool but I haven’t checked out much.

I also checked out Snippy, but this doesn’t seem to work under Windows 7. (It acts more like a drawing program) Heres a link to the original site: http://www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/default.htm

GreenShot also: http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenshot/

 

Posted October 14, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, windows

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Courion Tip – New Servers

I got my new servers today, and I have installed the Courion software onto it. Anyone who has worked with it will tell you that’s only part of the battle. I have to install Oracle, SAP, and other software. Then I have to do the ODBC connections, etc., BUT it’s much better on a machine with 16 gig of memory and 2 quad core CPU’s!!

Minor update… we had nothing but problems the other day, related to automating adding users and target systems, but anyway, we never really found a root cause. We now think its cos of the load on the server, and it didn’t show up directly as CPU use or anything like that. I DID notice a lot of IO from a jqs.exe, and maybe thats it, but we move the exact same process to one of the new servers, and no problems at all.

I also like having historically problematic processes on separate boxes..

Posted October 13, 2009 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip

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Windows 7 Virtual PC

I was a little upset that I couldn’t create a new virtual machine under Windows 7. I don’t really get why this worked, but I used this link:

http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2009/07/06/fixing-a-missing-create-virtual-machine-option-windows-virtual-pc.aspx

Here’s the registry file as text from his post (hope he doesn’t mind!)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

Posted October 13, 2009 by mmdmurphy in tips, windows

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