I have moved out blogs to a new server, so please use the URL http://blogs.blackmarble.co.uk/bm-bloggers as opposed to the old http://sabs.blackmarble.co.uk/bm-bloggers.
I have put a redirection on the old address, but I don't know how RSS will like that !
Further to my broadband and authentication post I have found a problem using Crystal Enterprise via HTTPS.
If I connect a Microsoft CRM website via HTTP and then use the links in the product to a Crystal report all is fine. However if I use HTTPS then I get the rarther common 'Microsoft CRM Crystal Reports Logon Error. Please Verify That You Have Enough Crystal Licenses' error. Just check out the newsgroups to see how many people are getting the same problem.
I think this issue is in the WCS confiiguration for Crystal, I tried playing with setting but to no effect this far. Now for me knowing this is an issue is enough, I can work round it and have a bit more of a look later and keep the world informed
I came accross a good got-ya when using HTTP over broadband to a Microsoft IIS with active directory authentication, you keep being forced to re-authenticate. However, if you use a dial-up connection or LAN all is fine. We noticed it using Outlook Web Access and Microsoft CRM but it would be the same with any products that require more than anonymous access.
Now it seems that broadband uses a different form of caching to dial-up ISP services, DSL providers use transparent caching servers . The effect of this to convince the IIS server that each client to server request is from a different client, hence all the login dialogs.
The answer is to switch over to a HTTPS connection, the SSL connection allows the IIS server to group the client requests correctly. Just use a self signed certificate microsoft Knowledgebase Article Q228991
What a nightmare, I tried to change the settings on our 2K3 servers fax server and chaos reigned, all I wanted to do was add a modem!.
The key problem was that the Fax Server Manager would not connect to the fax service, so you cannot edit anything.
I quick look on newgroups showed I was not alone with this problem, but the answers are sketchy. Basically they boiled down to don't put your fax on a AD Domain Controller. As we only have one 'live' server this is not the most helpful solution.
Anyway this is how I got it fixed (after much trial and error):
- Load the Default Domain Controller Secuirty Policy (on Admin tools), make sure you select the controller and not the general Domain Security Policy.
- Drill down to Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/User Rights Assignment
- Edit Generate Security Audits and add Administrators, NETWORK SERVICE, LOCAL SERVICE
- Force this change to be propogated out on whatever refresh timer is setup (or use secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce). I did the former and got a coffee!
- Now this last step appeared to be the key stage for me, and it was the one that was not in any newsgroups I found, load the fax manager with the service stopped, it automatically starts the service and all seems good in the world.
So the moral of the story, don't fiddle with the fax server if it running