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CRM 2011 – Performance Counter Permission

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

If you’re installing CRM 2011 for the first time you may come across the following error if you used separate accounts for the separate functions:

CRM 2001 Permissions error

To fix this:

  1. Open Server Manager.
  2. Go to Configuration > Local Users and Groups > Groups.
  3. Add the service accounts to the Performance Log Users group.
  4. Install CRM with again.


Reset Windows 2008 Password Hack

February 4th, 2011 No comments

Have you lost your Administrator password on your server….  mmm, never a nice suprise.

We have just tested this method with a Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise (non-domain member) and it worked.  We suspect it to work with a domain member or even a DC.

Shrink a hard drive volume in Windows 7

January 11th, 2011 No comments

Excellent article from:

Microsoft Windows 7 provides several tools for managing the configuration of your computer and the various parts of your operating system. There are times where you will want to shrink the amount of allocated space on your hard drive, referred to as a volume, to make room for another partition. In the not-so-distant past you would have used a third-party tool for this task, but with the Windows 7 Disk Management Tool, the utility you require is part of the operating system.

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Shrink a volume

The first step is to start the Disk Management tool with elevated administrative rights. Click the Start menu button, type diskmgmt.msc into the search box, and then right-click the diskmgmt.msc entry to get to the Run as Administrator item in the context menu, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Open the Disk Management Tool with administrative rights.

Clicking Run as Administrator will load the Disk Management Tool, which will look something like Figure B.

Figure B

The Disk Management Tool will load.

As you can see, I have a recover disk on my test machine in addition to an Operating System partition and a Data partition. In general, you want to shrink a nonoperating system volume, so we will shrink the Data partition (D:).

Right-click the drive you want to shrink (D: in our example) and navigate to the Shrink Volume menu item, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

Navigate to the Shrink Volume menu item.

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The Disk Management Tool will take a few seconds to analyze the drive in question and then present you with a summary screen similar to the one shown in Figure D.

Figure D

The Summary shrink screen shows the results of the analysis.

The number you can change on this screen is Enter the Amount of Space to Shrink in MB box. I am shrinking drive D by 5000MB (5GB), as you can see in Figure E. Click the Shrink button when you are ready.

Figure E

Shrink the drive by 5000MB.

When the process is complete, you will have a new unallocated partition. The actual size will be less than what you asked for as there will be some space taken up by the Windows file system, as shown in Figure F.

Figure F

A new unallocated partition will appear.

Allocate the unallocated

The next step will be to allocate the newly created space into something the operating system can use. That procedure is not complicated, but it does involve several steps, so we’ll run through that process in a follow-up post.

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Process Monitor v2.93

December 1st, 2010 No comments

Process Monitor v2.93

By Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (

Published: September 29, 2010

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Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

Overview of Process Monitor Capabilities

Process Monitor includes powerful monitoring and filtering capabilities, including:

  • More data captured for operation input and output parameters
  • Non-destructive filters allow you to set filters without losing data
  • Capture of thread stacks for each operation make it possible in many cases to identify the root cause of an operation
  • Reliable capture of process details, including image path, command line, user and session ID
  • Configurable and moveable columns for any event property
  • Filters can be set for any data field, including fields not configured as columns
  • Advanced logging architecture scales to tens of millions of captured events and gigabytes of log data
  • Process tree tool shows relationship of all processes referenced in a trace
  • Native log format preserves all data for loading in a different Process Monitor instance
  • Process tooltip for easy viewing of process image information
  • Detail tooltip allows convenient access to formatted data that doesn’t fit in the column
  • Cancellable search
  • Boot time logging of all operations

The best way to become familiar with Process Monitor’s features is to read through the help file and then visit each of its menu items and options on a live system.




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Runs on:

  • Client: Windows XP SP2 and higher.
  • Server: Windows Server 2003 SP1 and higher.

Gallery3 – Google Analytics

November 28th, 2010 No comments

How to install Google Analytics into your Gallery:

This module may be downloaded from the Gallery forums here (or here “direct link“)

To install, copy the “google_analytics” folder into your Gallery 3 modules folder.

Afterwards, log into your Gallery as an administrator and activate the module in the Admin -> Modules menu.

After activation, you can setup the module under Settings -> Google Analytics.

Upgrade Android 1.5, 1.6 to 2.1

November 28th, 2010 No comments

If you’re an early adopter of Android feeling left in the cold with your phone stuck on a 1.5 or 1.6, there is a  way out: Install CyanogenMod 5.07

Warning: Doing this will void your warranty. The process isn’t totally bug free, few issues can pop-up.

The current cyanogen ROM offers more than just features from Android versions.


  • Upgrades most Android devices to 2.1
  • Installs all Google Apps
  • Built-in USB Tethering
  • Supports FLAC audio playback
  • Applications are stored in SD Card rather than in memory (and you get more space for apps)
  • Universal Screen Rotation,
  • Better accessibility
  • Contacts enhancements from Wysie
  • MMS enhancements, Massive APN list
  • OpenVPN integration

How to Upgrade Android 1.5, 1.6 to 2.1

Note:  DangerSPL (or DeathSPL or Haykuro’s SPL) is a prerequisite for Dream/G1 users. Magic (MT3G etc) users donot need to do this. There’s a guide to install this bootloader. Flashing this bootloader under the wrong conditions can actually brick your device, so pay attention to the guide.

Instructions: (Text, Video available below)


  1. Cynagen (direct) | Torrent
  2. Google Addon: EPE54B
  3. 32A/EBI1 Port File

For First Timers (new to Cyanogen)

Step 1. Root your Android device and install Clockwork Recovery (ROM Manager on the market) or Amon_RA’s recovery (Dream / Magic)
Step 2. Do a Nandroid backup.
Step 3. Install the DangerSPL if you don’t have it already
Step 4. Wipe
Step 5. Install the ROM
(Optional) Install the Google Addon if you want Google Applications like Gmail and Market

If you are Upgrading Cyanogen

Step 1. Perform a Nandroid Backup
Step 2. Install the ROM. Don’t worry, your Google apps will be backed up and restored automatically.

If that looks confusing, refer to the Video guide below:

Cisco Training CCNA IP Addressing – Part 5 of 5

November 15th, 2010 No comments

Cisco Training CCNA IP Addressing – Part 4 of 5

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Cisco Training CCNA IP Addressing – Part 3 of 5

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Cisco Training CCNA IP Addressing – Part 2 of 5

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