Software: MenuRead Updated

An update to MenuRead, a tool that allows you to easily find where objects are located within the Microsoft Dynamics NAV menu structure, is now available. The latest version includes several enhancements:

  • Added support for 2015 objects (Page, Xmlport)
  • Added option to export menu as XML file

MenuRead is a utility that was designed to make an easier task out of finding where items are located on a Microsoft Dynamics NAV menu.Download MenuRead >>here<<

Change Internet Explorer (IE) Security Settings to Enable JavaScript

As discussed in a previous post some of the Internet Explorer (IE) security settings can be frustrating at times. To enable JavaScript open the Tools menu (Alt + X) and click Options.


Next, click on the Security Tab and click on the Internet (the image of the globe) and then click the Custom Level button.



Afterwards, scroll to the Scripting section and click Enable right below the Active scripting option.


Finally, click Ok on to close each of the windows.

Change Internet Explorer (IE) Security Settings to Enable File Downloads


The security restrictions in Internet Explorer may be understandable but at times they can be extremely frustrating and tedious to change. One such setting is the blocking of File Downloads. To change the File Downloads setting open the Tools menu (Alt + X) and click Internet Options. 


Next, click on the Security Tab and click on the Internet (the image of the globe) and then click the Custom Level button.


Afterwards, scroll to the Downloads section and click Enable right below the File download option. 


 Finally, click Ok on to close each of the windows.


In-place upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise without Media

If you need to upgrade a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to either the Enterprise, or Datacenter editions you can use the installation image and choose the Upgrade option or the new command-line utility, introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management). With DSIM it is possible to perform the upgrade online, without the need to reinstall Windows or have the installation image. 

 To perform the upgrade in-place online, without the media image, first open an elevated command prompt (run as administrator) on the server to be upgraded. 

Type the command DISM /Online /Get-CurrentEdition. This will display the current Windows version. 
   

Type the command DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions to list the Windows editions to which this server can be upgraded. 
 

Type the command DISM /Online /Set-Edition: <TargetEdition> (replace <TargetEdition> with the syntax for the desired edition returned by Get-TargetEditions). 

If you receive a message (Error 87) indicating that you need to specify a product key you can include it with the /ProductKey: parameter 

If you receive a message (Error 50) indicating that Setting an Edition is not supported then the machine may be a Domain Controller (DC) and it must be demoted before performing an online upgrade. You do not need to demote it if you are using the installation image. 
  

As always, be certain that you back up all of your settings and data prior to performing the upgrade.

SQL: How to test a SQL Backup

When reviewing disaster recovery processes I often get asked how a verify / test that a SQL Backup is “good”. Restoring the backup file is a solid and reliable way to verify the backup file, however it may not always be practical due to space and/or time restrictions.

During the backup task, you can check the “Verify backup when finished” reliability option to verify the backup set is complete and readable.

After the backup file has been create you can execute the following commands:

RESTORE VERIFYONLY FROM DISK='<your backup file name.bak>'
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188902.aspx
This option verifies the backup set is complete and readable, however it does not validate the data structure.

RESTORE HEADERONLY FROM DISK='<your backup file name.bak>'
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms178536.aspx
Retrieve the header information of the backup set.

RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK='<your backup file name.bak>'
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173778.aspx
Returns a list of files in the backup set.

There are options available to test the integrity of the backup file, however you should periodically test your disaster recovery / business continuity plan. It is important to verify that the contents of your “backup” contains the pertinent data for a proper recovery.

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