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Open a Port in Windows Firewall

If you tried to open a port in Windows Firewall which comes with Windows Server 2008 R2 you will find that Microsoft had given Windows Firewall a new look and feel.At first you may feel that you are lost with the new interface, so thought to show how to open a port. I will be creating an inbound rule opening the port 1443, which normally SQL Server is using for communications (Yes this machine is having SQL Server installed).Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall.Click Advance Settings from the left pane to bring up the Windows Firewall main screen.Click on Inbound Rules and then right click on the same. If you only right click on this you will only see the options Refresh and Help. First click on it and then right click, now click on New Rule …. This will bring the New Inbound Rule Wizard.Select Port since we are going to open a port, if you need to open an application you can select the Program radio button, to create a rule based on an existing rule use Predefined r…

Installing SharePoint 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2

At the beginning when you try to install Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2 it will hesitate a little. So I thought to put the steps in.Step 1 - Download the correct Setup.You will not be able to use your normal SharePoint Setup to install MOSS on Windows 2008 R2, if you try you will see the following message appearing continuously.Download the required version from the following Microsoft URLs.Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2 (x86) SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2 (x64) 2 – Install MOSS using the setup.Installation will not have any hiccups if you downloaded the correct version.Step 3 – Configure MOSS.When trying to configure MOSS and if your SQL Server is running in another machine which has Windows Server …


Now you can create iPhone and iPod content without being a Objective C developer by using VixML engine.
With this you will be able to create world class iPhone content which use iPhone features with minimal coding.
The best thing is you don't need a MAC, since there is a version which works in Windows.

Read more at, is VixML?

Airbus A380 - Singapore to Melbourne

Following are some nice views I captured of the Airbus A380 I flew from Singapore Changi airport to Melbourne Tullamarine airport.

Improving SharePoint Look and Feel

If you are thinking whether we can improve the look and feel of the SharePoint site a perfect example is the Glu Mobile site. If you visit them at you will hardly believe that it is done by SharePoint. But the truth is it is SharePoint.
If you would like to know how they did it read the following 3 articles discussing on its design and development.

SharePoint Mobile Development

If you need to create a mobile view for a SharePoint site you will soon realise that the default mobile site created by SharePoint will not take you anywhere.
With its plain look and limited features you will not be able to do anything with the default view, so to give some thing valuable to your customer you need to do some development on the default mobile site.
To get more information on getting this done visit Microsoft.

Enabling Mobile View in a SharePoint Site

Microsoft SharePoint Server has a facility to render the site content into mobile devices as well.
In default this feature will be turned off. To enable mobile access execute the following command.

STSADM.EXE -o activatefeature -name mobilityredirect -url http://ms-sharepoint-site01/m

This will create a site under the given URL without any fancy items. It will be a plain site with only basic HTML. Whenever a mobile browser tries to access the site it will be redirected to the new mobile site.
You will be able to access the mobile sites using the URL.

iPhone / iPod Worm

There is a worm spreading on iPhones/iPods which are using the default password "alpine" for SSH.
SSH is a software which allows you to connect to your device and make changes to the file system. SSH is required by some software.
This worm is created by an Australian hacker and it will search for iPhones or iPod touches in reach of the affected iPhone or touch (It will search on available networks such as mobile, wireless, etc). If it finds a device which has the default password of SSH, set to alpine it will get installed into the device, change the home screen background image and will do the same again using that device.
Good thing is it will not cause any harm to your device but will just change the background of the home page.Bad thing is the source code of the worm is out and many other varieties of worms might appear soon. Some might be dangerous.As a security measure change your SSH password today. You will be able to change your password using the Mobile Terminal packa…

Backup a SharePoint Site

There are two methods to take a backup of a SharePoint site. 1.) Using SharePoint Central Administration To take a site backup follow the steps below. a. Go to the SharePoint Central Administration site by clicking, Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> SharePoint Central Administration b. Click on Operations. c. Click on Perform a backup under Backup and Restore. d. Select the site or the farm to backup the entire SharePoint farm.
e. Click on the Continue to Backup Options button on the top of the list. f. Select the type and the location of the backup and click Ok.

2.) Using the STSADM tool.Even though Microsoft had provided a UI method to backup a SharePoint site the best way to get it done is by the STSADM tool. If you are unfamiliar with STSADM refer the following post will be able to use the following command to get a backup of a site using STSADM.STSADM.EXE -o backup -url http://MySharePoint:10000/

Google prOgramming language - GO

Google had released a new programming language named GO.
Their one goal behind this is to increase the developer productivity and efficiency by giving them a faster compiler.
As Google says this is even capable to be used in developing system software and it is powerful than C but not than C++.
Read more on this at
Get Going at


STSADM is a command line tool which we can use to perform administrative tasks on SharePoint Server, this is very powerful since it provides features that are not available in the Central Administration site.
You will be able to find this executable at,
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\
For example - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN

To learn more visit the following TechNet link.
Following link will have the list of operations and properties.


Recently I faced a curios error while using the STSADM.exe command line tool.
If anyone of you are not knowing wht STSADM is please refer my earlier post with links to get more information.
However powerful STSADM is, while using it suddenly Windows might tell you that STSADM is not a valid Win32 application.
If you check the file you will also notice that the Windows icon of that exe is disappeared and also the file size is 0.
The good thing is that you will be able to get the file from another SharePoint installation and replace, then everything will start working normally.

Flight Simulation

After some pause I again started my flight simulation activities. To celebrate I thought to put some nice screen captures I made on one of my flights.