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January 24, 2011 11:31 pm

Remotely Change password on Windows Server 2008

Filed under: Software Security,UX - User Experience — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm
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Interesting to see the lack of consistency between Windows desktop and windows server OS in terms of changing the account password. I remember I have done it before when Remote into a windows server 2008, it has been a long time and completely forgotten to get around and locate again.

i went around several options including Start—>Lock computer; Security wizard etc. Server being located at remote location obviously can’t take chances to shut it down and not being able to restart again. 

To change the user password on a windows 2008 server while logged in as a Remote Desktop:

> Remote desktop login to the windows server machine
> start –> Windows Security
> click Change password
> to change password of different accounts other than the one logged in with, click Other Credentials
> enter user name domain\user
> give Old Password
> Enter New password and repeat followed by Arrow to submit.
> changes the password and brings the control back to

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some Intuitiveness can be further improved as part of this progress. for instance the 4th bullet (other credentials) takes additional clicks to figure out or get to the other user password change window; it could have reduced few clicks apparently.

hope the above steps help some of you…

December 30, 2010 1:22 am

Fun watching Snowfall…

Filed under: nostalgic,Snow — ramsblog @ 1:22 am
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It snowed most of the Wednesday morning in this area. It was fun watching snow and sipping a hot cup of Jeera tea (cumin seeds) [a.k.a jeerige kashaya #kannada]

Watching from inside reminds me of my initial days of stay in the US, living in a company provided apartment, awaiting interview calls, and sipping hot cup of coffee, preparing all sorts of food; eat bread toast + crunchy peanut butter with a full glass of orange juice sitting by the window on 7th or 8th floor watching snow and moving cars.

There used to be mixed emotions:
a. new place and anxiety to find a living thousands of miles away from cozy home where i grew up.
b. great to be around the snow that i had never seen in my life before
c. it is cold to get out even to a grocery store, we had to walk a mile to get stuff

being nostalgic :)

December 16, 2010 12:13 am

Purchase price different from Advertised price?

Interesting to see the purchase price different from the advertised price on the same site between two pages…

This company has put up a front page banners saying 80% off on 100pk DVD spindle that turns out to $9.99/- . Proceed further to place an order for this item, the item results page shows $14.48.

Now proceed further to check out page or the shopping cart, it shows the $14.48 and other summary of delivery charge etc…

Amount inconsistency? Where might this have gone wrong?
data Configuration?
intentional?
latency in price points?  so the images for advertisement did not have this price?

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Looking at the coupon page, i realized if the offer was In-Store only, and went back to the home page to check if it was available online too. Well, it looks like it does the advt shows “in store and online” .

#WhatIsWronghere #PricingBug #AmImissingSomething

ps: i am not posting this to pin point an issue on the site here. The intent is to probe other software professional visitors here to think what might have happened and how such scenarios can be prevented in their work situations.

Tags: Software quality, User Experience

December 11, 2010 7:31 pm

Great learning on TFS2010 and warehouse ….

I have been playing around the TFS2010 (Team foundation Server) and the way it manages the data between the operational database and its counterpart Data Warehouse. It has been a long time since I had ever tried the warehouse concepts and learning some of those concepts…

At the same time Microsoft Team Foundation Server also offers the Client side of the tools like Test and Lab Manager and they are part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional SKU. Being a v1.0 of this client utility, obviously we can say there are some limitations, but on the positive side there are great features to leverage with Source control, work item associations, work item management overall and several others…

December 9, 2010 2:39 am

Computer account trust relationship – Excel to Analysis Server

 

This issue popped up on my computer several weeks ago on my Excel instance when  connecting to the SQL Analysis services. Enquired several people and searched several blogs.

Here is how I had installed the applications on my machine .

Client config
                Windows 7   [7600]
                Office 2010 
                VS 2010 ultimate

Sequence of installation, if that matters:
     Windows 7 –> Office 2010 –>  VS2010 –>  uninstall/reinstall Office 2010.

This is pretty straight forward, right? I don’t see any conflicts here of course, and the add-ins that were required were still in place. And I thought i didn’t have to reinstall VS2010 at this time.

Here is how i would connect the Excel instance to an Analysis services

1. Launch Excel
2. Data –> from other sources –> Analysis services
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3. Provide the server name on data connection dialog, and connect if you are connecting with windows authentication
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4. takes a while and boom – gives this following error message:

“The following system error occurred: The Security database on the server does not have the computer account for this workstation trust relationship”

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5. well, apparently i tried logging in with the same user account but via providing UserName and the Password.
6. it would go through the first level ok and gives the list of cubes and perspectives available
7. select one of those and proceed to create a Pivot –> now again, gives the same error message as above….

It is at times frustrating when the message doesn’t say exactly what is wrong and how it can be fixed. It gets more frustrating if the issue wasn’t resolved for longer time.

Well anyways, finally found the solution – who would have thought the issue was something completely *repeat* completely unrelated in nature with an Excel application connecting to a SQL Analysis service, and where did Live ID assistant come into picture.

Yes, thanks to the following MSDN forum post – http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlanalysisservices/thread/b058635f-6d3e-4240-a555-1dbd945ae25a – that said three options
1. to update the kernel on the Server
2. check the windows Live ID assistant on client
3. connect as NTLM from the client machine

…and recommended #1. Well, why should I be looking at the server level configuration when i know another person could connect to  the same server and i was unable to. Well, I was also able to connect to the same server from different client machines and not from this current machine…  So, i chose option #2..

yes, uninstalled the Windows Live Id Sign in Assistant:
1. Launch Control Panel –> Programs and Features
2. look for Windows LiveID sign in Assistant
3. right click and uninstall
4. if cautions close all the applications suggested (Outlook, Visual Studio, etc)
5. Restart the machine
6. go over the Excel –> Analysis service connection process
7. wow! connects through and able to retrieve the data..

ufff! this hard just because the message was not that friendly and the event log didn’t have the right message?

November 23, 2010 5:58 pm

Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow…

Filed under: Weather — ramsblog @ 5:58 pm
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oh yes, we have been snowed since yesterday. It was beautiful sunny day with temperatures at its teens today. My 5yr old and I went out for a few minutes to take some pictures. was it cold, oh! it was freezing. My fingers taking pictures were frozen within few minutes. daughters feet were frozen and literally ran home after some time staying out taking pictures.

some kids had fun sledding around the streets. It was a great walk though.

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hope it all melts away tonight, but with the lower temperature till later tomorrow, wonder it gets icy before it melts.

Seeds Vs Grapes

Filed under: Children,gen,General,JustforFun — ramsblog @ 4:22 pm

In conversation with 5yr old on grapes and seeds, and how the grape seeds are planted to get the grapes while she was eating red grapes and how she didn’t like those because of seeded grapes. and asks, if these seeds are planted to get the grapes, how are seedless grapes planted when there were no seeds. … and so also seedless Oranges, seedless Pomegranates, etc?

October 27, 2010 6:16 pm

our daughter at the apple store…

Filed under: UX - User Experience — ramsblog @ 6:16 pm

We had stopped by an Apple store over the week end. Out of all devices, my daughter caught an iPad section and went straight over there. She figured out using the device in terms of getting the Games, puzzles, and book shelf etc…

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It is amazing the device is designed for the market where that side of the community get so well-versed in using it without any guidance or help.

DVD a fresh produce?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ramsblog @ 6:10 pm

This was at the back of a truck. How is DVD considered a Fresh produce?

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August 16, 2010 12:57 am

Market Place

Filed under: Fun,General,People — ramsblog @ 12:57 am
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It has been a long time since I had been to any crowded market place – like farmers market, etc. Though a bit cloudy last weekend, we went to a market which we always wanted to go visit but had never made that time to go over.

Weather has been interestingly off and on. We had about 70 minutes before the shops would close for the day. My wife was keen on looking for flowers and vegetable section. My daughter was just enjoying the walk around the crowded place, and to me, I was going around taking several pictures. It was a great walk there. Although it was not as crowded or interesting as the markets i had been to in Bangalore (India) :) – In a way they are two extremes.

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Flowers are one of the greatest attractions on this part of the world during the spring summer. We don’t get to see many of those once the fall/winter starts. we bought this beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of those stores

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Fish Market
This market is also popular for fish section, although i couldn’t find where that sections was, and i wasn’t interested to go over there either. However, from what i have heard, the fish merchants or store keepers are almost always so energetic and enthusiastic about sharing the details about fish, asking questions, answering questions – and more importantly the Team Building. People often say, you’ve GOT TO learn the skills of team building and one-ness (working towards the common goal) from industry perspective, from teams perspective. That is something I wanted to see.

While walking around there, I did hear someone commenting, it is so smelly to go around the Fish market. Well, it is ought to be. However, that is probably why I didn’t dare exploring that side. I might even faint seeing those things and the smell in that area.

for the rest, yes it was great place with lots of activities.

Creativity:
This guy was playing an instrument made out of a tin tub and a string tied to it with a bamboo stick. It sounded very well. There was a huge crowd watching this mini-concert  there.

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Looks like I didn’t capture, but a guy from blown glass articles store was packing those glass arts with bubble wrap and tied with a transparent duck tape so well, and one could carry the item without worrying about breaking them. I don’t know the price of those articles, must be expensive enough, but I guess the amount of tape and wrap he used for each item he packed could be of around 5 dollars. Talk about the Customer Experience aspect of it, I am sure is fantastic. I noticed people bought things just for the packing, although they know they are going to rip open the package when they get home. several of those people took pictures with the shop keeper. The packing skill was very much APPRECIATED.

at the end of 70minutes, we stepped into one of the cool joints and yes, it was time for a lovely ice-cream. We enjoyed the ice cream in that rather quiet ice-cream store.

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By then most of the stores were rolling down the shutters and it was time for us to leave the place. and noticed some sunshine too around the end of the day.

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It was a great afternoon after all. We will probably go over again in next few weeks. And this time we should probably make it earlier in the day instead of later in the afternoon.

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