opening website takes forever … goodbye DM2

i run my windows system at work with a bunch of software tools:

  • puretext [paste clipboard in plain text]
  • dm2 [always on top any window/send to tray any window]
  • bins [group software on the taskbar]
  • hotkeyz [well … for hotkeys]
  • winsplit revolution [a great window positioning/aligning tool]
  • and one or two more …

those all worked fine with windows 7 but unfortunately not all work with windows 8 …

puretext does simply do nothing when trying to paste a text with the hotkey set … and dm2 is making even firefox behave strange … that’s where the title comes from .. dm2 causes firefox to take several minutes to load one page …

for now i will just life without them .. but i am certain there are some alternatives over at alternativeto.net

installing crm outlook plugin on windows 8 fails – problem communicating with the microsoft dynamics crm server

when trying to configure the dynamics crm outlook plugin it fails with an error saying that the server would not be reachable …

installing crm outlook plugin on windows 8 fails - problem communicating with the microsoft dynamics crm server

testing the very same installation (i used update rollup 10) on windows 7 it installed just fine …

after some searching i found out that the plugin requires the windows feature “windows identity foundation 3.5” to be turned on … as this windows feature is turned off by default in windows 8 you have to activate it …

installing crm outlook plugin on windows 8 fails - problem communicating with the microsoft dynamics crm server

after activating that feature the plugin will still fail to connect to the server … you have to apply the rollup update you use again .. afterwards it will work just fine …

powershell – download file from server via https which has a self signed certificate

the problem:

when I was trying to “wget” a file using $webClient.DownloadFile from a server with a self signed certificate it failed when using the following code:

$webClient = new-object System.Net.WebClient
$webClient.DownloadFile( $url, $path )

 

powershell - download file from server via https which has a self signed certificate

the resource:

searching for a solution i stumpled upon http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2010/07/25/windows-powershell-invalid-certificates-and-automated-downloading.aspx

there you will read that all it takes is to set the following just before you download the file …

[Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = {$true}

the solution:

the complete script then would be something like:

$url = "https://server/file.ext"
$path = "c:\downloads\file.ext"
[Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = {$true}
$webClient = new-object System.Net.WebClient
$webClient.DownloadFile( $url, $path )

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

as i could not find any other source i did the installation as follows …

download the 22 MB big exe file in the appropriate architecture from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=223229 run it and choose a directory to extract the files to …

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

when done navigate to the subfolder “FepExt\msp” and find the file “FEP2010-FEPEXT-KB2551095-x64-DEU.msp” extract that (using 7-zip) or similar to a new folder …

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

you will now find the updated setup “FEPInstall.exe” (version 2.1.1116.0) in the new created folder which is the version including the Rollup Update 1 …

copy that and install it to your new windows 8 or windows server 2012 systems …

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

when trying to remove the previously installed (but not supported) FEP 2010 on windows 8 you are prompted with an error …

therefore .. here are the steps to uninstall it …

by default  the 64-bit version is installed to c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\ … therein you will find the “setup.exe” … rightclick it and change the compatibilty to “Windows 7” an close the window with “OK” …

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

now run the following command by simply entering it into the start screen search bar and accept it with return …

"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\setup.exe" /x

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

this will initiate the uninstall process …

you may now install FEP 2010 with update rollup 1

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

[update] to install FEP 2010 you no longer need this compatibility setting! please take a look at this post: installing FEP 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8[/update]

when trying to install FEP 2010 client on windows 8 it results in an error saying that the OS is not compatible …

this post explains how you can run the installation in compatibility mode “Windows 7” …

to get FEP 2010 installed on windows 8 you must first run the client installation .. when running the setup you will shortly see that the installation files are extracted into a temporary folder … remember that folder!

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

when the error saying “the version of the OS is not supported” shows up don’t close that window just now!

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

navigate to the temporary folder and create a copy of it … the name of the copy is not relevant as it will be deleted after the installation …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

now you may close the installation window showing the error … open the copy of the temporary folder .. in my case “c:\3223ac3d3ab9e9b3851161 – Kopie\” .. and right-click “epplauncher.exe” and click on “settings” …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

in the settings go to the tab “compatibility” .. set the mode to “Windows 7” and close the settings window …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

if you now start the installation it will run just fine …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

future will show whether this installations has any side effects …

[update] to install FEP 2010 you no longer this compatibility setting! take a look at this post

skype direct download link [windows]

i was just searching for a direct download link for skype for half an hour …

turns out they want you to register if you come with an ie before downloading the setup …

so you might wanna take firefox or another brother of choice to get a download without signing up …

or you can take the following link:

http://www.skype.com/go/getskype

@microsoft: why .. oh why?!