Ramblings

A Window is Not Visible: How to Move Off-Screen Windows Back into View

Every once-in-a-while we receive a call from a client who launched an application, but the application didn't show up on their screen. They confirmed in the taskbar that the application was running. However, the window was not visible on their screen. If you use a secondary monitor, and/or if you operate within a remote desktop environment, you may have experienced this issue. When a secondary monitor is disconnected, or the display settings are altered, sometimes applications will still operate as if nothing had changed with the monitor or display. The window opens in an "imaginary" place off to the side, where that monitor used to be. Here are simple steps to move an off-screen window back to your screen: 1. Make sure the application is selected (choose it in the taskbar, or use the ALT-TAB keys to select it). 2. Type and hold down ALT-SPACE, then type M. (IMPORTANT NOTE: [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:26:04+00:00 February 18th, 2014|Cloud, Dynamics GP, Njevity, Ramblings|

The Routing and Remote Access service terminated with service-specific error A device attached to the system is not functioning.

In trying to re-configure Routing and Remote Access on I was getting the following error: "The Routing and Remote Access service terminated with service-specific error A device attached to the system is not functioning." Found a solution on the www.petri.co.il forums: Delete the following registry entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemcurrentcontrolsetservicesremoteaccessroutermanagersIPV6

By | 2018-07-18T11:26:05+00:00 November 13th, 2012|Ramblings|

News from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

I have the Microsoft WPC App installed in my Facebook. This morning, I eagerly poured a cup of coffee, got onto the app and began watching the Keynotes. Steve Ballmer spoke extensively about the new Surface tablet coming out soon. Then he turned over the presentation to Tami Reller -- VP at Microsoft. Tami and I worked together when I was at FRx Software and she was at Great Plains. She demonstrated the Windows 8 applications, OS and hardware. She announced that Windows 8 will release to manufacturing in August and on machines by end of October, 2012. She demonstrated many touchscreen machines and one that I liked a lot, the Lenovo Yoga -- a laptop that folds into a Tablet form factor. If you buy a Windows 7 PC today you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (she said 1499... I believe that would be $14.99 and [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:26:05+00:00 July 9th, 2012|Cloud, Events, Ramblings, Social Media|

Computers running XP may not connect to Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Servers

Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Servers require Network Level Authentication. The RDP Client available for XP is not set to use Network Level Authentication by default. The result is that XP machines may not be able to connect with the message "The remote computer requires Network Level Authentication, which your computer does not support." Or you might have to click connect one more time after clicking Ok to the error message. To correct this issue configure Network Level Authentication in the registry of the client machine. 1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER. 2. In the left navigation pane, go to the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsa 3. In the details pane, right-click Security Packages, and then click Modify. 4. In the Value data box, add tspkg to the list of packages. 5. In the left navigation pane, go to the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSecurityProviders 6. In [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 25th, 2012|Ramblings|

State of the Technology Union

What is the state of the Technology Sector today?  With unemployment at 8.2 percent, what is the future for technology experts?  I am pleased to say that "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!"  (Reference to a favorite 80's song)As I was reading this BusinessWeek article, I thought this would be an interesting topic to address.  Although published in August of 2011, this article is even more applicable.  I believe that as an industry, we live and thrive when the sector as a whole is successful.  There is a great deal of competition in the Tech Sector, iCloud, Windows Azure, Google and Amazon's Cloud are all vying for customers who are interested in the Cloud.However, reflect back to just three years ago.  In 2009, the terminology of Cloud Computing was just catching on.  Now, a mere three years later, Cloud Computing is such a defacto term that even non-Tech people get [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Cloud, Ramblings|

Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

I ran across an issue with Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2. In several cases once the service pack was installed I could not log on the servers remotely. Some research found that the issue was with update KB 2667402. On one server I was able to resolve the issue by checking for updates again. On another I had to uninstall KB2667402 and leave it uninstalled. I found the answer to this issue at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverNIS/thread/f5d... Thanks to posts by MyITNetowrk and Gryffon-G-Wiz.

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 11th, 2012|Ramblings|

The Basics of Good Passwords

In today’s electronically connected world information security is vital to our financial security both in the workplace and at home. This means we have to juggle multiple user names and passwords. Here are a few ideas on making your passwords hard to crack and easy to remember. First - don’t make it obvious (like leaving the combination to your brief case as “0000”). “P@ssword” or “passw0rd” or even “p@ssw0rd567” will be guessed. Second - don’t use words and numbers that are easily associated with you. If you were born in July of 1985 “0785” is a bad pin for your bank card. “julie0785” is and equally poor password for your online credit card accounts. Third - Don’t share your passwords. Many hackers use social engineering to obtain access. Rather than trying to pick a lock they will ask for the key. This could be as simple as a phone call [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 4th, 2012|Ramblings|

Windows 8 is coming! The impact of Cloud, Office 365 and Dynamics ERP and CRM

What do you do when you are Microsoft, the 800 pound gorilla in the marketplace when both Google and Apple are taking your customers?  In 2007, Apple released the iPhone and subsequently in 2010, the iPad mobile devices.   Apple's strategy is to have a single OS on all devices, Mac, iPhone and iPad.Google is no different.  Taking the lead from Apple, Google's Android OS on the phone, tablet and now Chromebook is moving in that same direction.  However, Google is not as sophisticated in their marketing and positioning as Apple.  Complicating things further is that Google, unlike Apple, is not controlling the device like Apple.  Now enter Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.  Let's take a look at what they are up against and look historically for answers to where they go.  For many years, Microsoft has struggled with devices like phones and tablets.  I have witnessed over the years [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:02+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Cloud, Mobility, Ramblings|

The Cost of Bad Project Management

The Cost of Bad Project Management -- Gallup Management JournalWhen I read this article from Gallup Management Journal, I chuckled.  Having managed many projects over the last 20 years, I've noticed a dynamic that cannot be explained.  That dynamic is the human dynamic.  You see, early on in my project management career, I had managers and colleagues espouse the value of a good project plan, mostly using MS Project, Excel and other tools.  Then, as I matured, I was turned onto the "project dynamics" of having the right people in the right roles, accountability and holding people to their deadlines.  Yea, right.  I remember one of my project contributors who could have cared less about the deadline... the world revolved around him, his schedule and when he would "get to it".  Recently, I managed a project that technically was one of the most well run projects but the team that [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:42+00:00 February 10th, 2012|Ramblings|

The Financial Case for The Cloud

In this blog entry, I want to take on the financial case for moving your business to the Cloud. First, let's discuss what the Cloud is and what it isn't in the context of business applications. According to NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.” NIST further defines that there are 5 Characteristics 1) On-Demand Self Service 2) Broad Network Access 3) Resource Pooling 4) Rapid Elasticity 5) Measured Service The Cloud, for purposes of ERP and CRM applications, will be discussed in the context of Software as a Service [...]