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SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Testing – My InfoPath Issue

I have been testing various features and functionally of a  recent SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 upgrade I preformed. When I encountered an issue involving a list item used heavily buy one of my departments.

The issue presented itself when the users attempted to create new work items and this is when SharePoint 2013 displayed an informative error messages telling me something went wrong.

I was able to obtain the correlation ID,

and after some filtering and digging in the ULS  (Unified Logging System) I was able to see that this list was created using InfoPath.

After seeking additional information from a few developers it was suggested that this form may need to be recreated. I was later to find out that other customer shave been facing issues with InfoPath and SharePoint 2013 forms.

The Office Team @ Microsoft has released a statement via their Blog that they are “evolving  forms technology” in an effort to streamline and deliver a more integrated  user experience.

In their own words:  “we’re retiring InfoPath and investing in new forms technology across SharePoint, Access, and Word. This means that InfoPath 2013 is the last release of the desktop client, and InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is the last release of InfoPath Forms Services.” 

I am taking that means the older forms used from back in Office SharePoint Server 2007 have been deprecated, eventually the rest.

That said here is a link to their blog post:
Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms

 

Minecraft 1.7.1 Pre-release @ jermsmit.com – Snapshot Server

Okay! It’s here Friends, the update that changed the Minecraft Word.
We are now running the Minecraft Pre-release 1.7.1 on the minecraft.jermsmit.com:25566 server.

So lets sum up quickly what we have under the hood of this new release; best of all its all yours officially Friday, October 25th 2013. See you on the snapshot server and see you all once again in game on Friday.

  • New world generation!
    • Double the amount of biomes, with new trees/flowers/blocks.
    • New “Amplified” world option.
    • Less ocean, more awesome.
  • New blocks!
    • Two new types of wood.
    • Stained glass! With both blocks and panes.
    • Packed ice, red sand, podzol.
    • Lots of new flowers, including double-tall versions of current plants.
    • Portals can be bigger sizes!
  • Fishing!
    • Added more type of fish.
    • Redone the fishing mechanics. Can now catch junk and treasure too.
    • Fishing rod enchantments!
  • Maps!
    • Put them in an item frame and hang them on your wall. They’re extra big!
    • Lots of new colours for lots of blocks!
    • Now with less lag!
  • Achievement & Statistics overhaul!
    • Now both world (or server) specific.
    • In multiplayer, it’s announced to everybody when you get an achievement.
      • You can move your mouse over this in the chat to see what it was!
    • Some new achievements and statistic types were added.
    • Zoomable achievements screen!
  • Multiplayer enhancements!
    • Servers can now put a 64×64 image called “server-icon.png” in their folder, that you will see on your server list.
    •  You can see who’s online before joining a server; move your mouse over the player count!
    • Lots of hidden preparation for allowing name changes.
  • Resource pack changes!
    • You can now have multiple selected.
    • They can completely re-do your sounds, adding new ones or changing current ones.
    • Servers can now recommend a resource pack for you to use.
  • Chat & command improvements!
    • New commands to spawn mobs or blocks of any type.
    • Command block minecart!
    • Clickable links to achievements and items.
    • Click on somebody’s name in the chat to message them!
  • Lots and lots of technical work!
    • Completely rewrote how the network (multiplayer) works.
    • Completely rewrote the sound manager.
    • New graphics options.
    • Basic shader support testing.
    • Many bugs fixed, including:
      • [MC-291] – Screenshots are treated as links in the console.
      • [MC-673] – Sky/lighting doesn’t get darker during a thunderstorm
      • [MC-715] – V-Sync in Window mode, settings not activated between sessions.
      • [MC-784] – Letters in Arabic Language not connected
      • [MC-881] – Boat inflicts fall damage if it runs aground in some fashion (Slabs, Mobs, Soul Sand)
      • [MC-944] – Armour with Protection on it seems to reduce against hunger damage
      • [MC-1018] – Black Lighting under overhangs
      • [MC-1105] – Villagers act like it is Raining when they are in the Desert, and it Rains elsewhere.
      • [MC-1379] – Transparent texture makes transparent texture behind invisible
      • [MC-2638] – Old AI mobs and Wolves don’t turn back to passive in Creative
      • [MC-2915] – Attempting to tp to an invalid coordinate returns “commands.generic.double.invalid”
      • [MC-3305] – Cyrillic font not displaying on signs and in chat (Russian language)
      • [MC-3871] – Cauldron water does not put out fire / damage blaze
      • [MC-3973] – Silk Touch, pre-lit Redstone Lamps
      • [MC-4150] – Baby Zombies do not drop any loot / xp
      • [MC-4482] – Saplings placed on Farmland are not affected by Bonemeal
      • [MC-4732] – Tools and weapons lose durability without doing damage
      • [MC-4921] – Sounds (eg. Mobs / Portals / Water) Don’t Immediately Fade
      • [MC-4973] – Zombie Pigman from Nether Portal still spawns even if doMobSpawning is false
      • [MC-5238] – 10 MB server texture pack limit too small
      • [MC-5305] – Arrows from a flame bow aren’t extinguished from rain
      • [MC-5550] – Night Time Doesn’t Immediately Allow Sleep
      • [MC-6820] – The generation of terrain surface layer produces local straight glitches (fix included)
      • [MC-7449] – Silverfish infected Stone Brick varients appears as normal stone brick.
      • [MC-8331] – Command block text disappears if too long
      • [MC-9271] – Opening a singleplayer world is counted as a multiplayer join in the statistics
      • [MC-9547] – Incorrect usage string for /scoreboard teams empty
      • [MC-9779] – Old versions of output-server.log and lock files remain on harddisk
      • [MC-10077] – Ajasent Obsidian Blocks prevent Nether portal appearing
      • [MC-10257] – when a pig gets struck by lightning it spawns without a sword
      • [MC-10984] – GS4 query listener fails to send player list when len(players) > 127
      • [MC-11027] – Axes accelarate the speed at which Slabs are broken
      • [MC-11280] – Sometimes Water flows out of newly generated Village Farms
      • [MC-11518] – RCON and Scoreboard Command Output Formatting
      • [MC-12450] – Missing usage string commands.scoreboard.players.list.usage
      • [MC-12452] – Scoreboard team join command fails on invalid team name
      • [MC-12454] – Scoreboard option seeFriendlyInvisibles not listed in usage
      • [MC-12541] – the letters for the ‘off’ setting on smooth lighting aren’t capitalised
      • [MC-12731] – Minecraft crashes if you click edit or delete on a LAN game
      • [MC-12769] – when typing /help with a number higher than 4, it produces the wrong message
      • [MC-12984] – getting a locked chest pushed into your head crashes the game
      • [MC-13565] – Fireworks sometimes don’t stack when they should
      • [MC-13661] – When re-sizing window before game loads internal view doesn’t resize
      • [MC-14521] – Boats cannot be steered by using the “left” and “right” keys
      • [MC-14865] – Carpets Are Not Flammable
      • [MC-15547] – Structures (witch huts, nether fortresses etc.) don’t get saved with the world file
      • [MC-15564] – Start up failure: “Cannot determine close requested state of uncreated window”
      • [MC-15688] – Axe breaks all slabs in adventure mode. No drops for stone.
      • [MC-16324] – Massive Amount of “[SEVERE] Reached end of stream” messages
      • [MC-16435] – Boats Still Break on Lily’s
      • [MC-16849] – Crash near pyramid
      • [MC-16910] – Packet250CustomPayload(dk)
      • [MC-17090] – Invalid teamcolors throw an NPE in the console
      • [MC-17831] – Crash selecting resource pack [13w24b]
      • [MC-18569] – Server resourcepacks not implemented yet
      • [MC-18672] – Textures disappearing after setting player walkSpeed to 0
      • [MC-19483] – sounds playing after leaving world
      • [MC-19604] – Cannot /playsound records
      • [MC-21870] – Screen goes blank when modifying walk speed
      • [MC-22927] – Animals running forever after being hit
      • [MC-26151] – Minecraft has advice on an error report that should be deleted.
      • [MC-26608] – /spreadplayers confirmation text is wrong
      • [MC-26660] – Constant minecart sound
      • [MC-27284] – /scoreboard teams option color: Tab doesnt list all options.
      • [MC-27904] – The Hindi, Malay and Norsk (Bokmål) language appear 2 times
      • [MC-28400] – Breeding animals gives xp even if doMobLoot gamerule is false
      • [MC-28405] – The saddle equip sound effect does not play when equipping a pig with a saddle.
      • [MC-28478] – Successful hit sound effect does not match the sound in the assets sound folder
      • [MC-28625] – The horse armor equip sound does not play when replacing others
      • [MC-28768] – Horse Breeding Doesn’t Produce Markings Correctly on Foal
      • [MC-29088] – Shearing sound does not play when shearing a mooshroom
      • [MC-29279] – Bug: the command block can be damaged by the explosion of Blue Wither Skulls
      • [MC-29321] – Jukeboxes play at the sound volume for effects until you change the music volume
      • [MC-29361] – Oceans are too big
      • [MC-29424] – Players appear offset for other clients after going through nether portals
      • [MC-31031] – Spawn eggs can be used on top of water, but not lava
      • [MC-31065] – Villages not generating? (snapshot 13w37b)
      • [MC-32250] – Typo on “Unable to Load Worlds” screen
      • [MC-32534] – piston extention givies tile.nill.name
      • [MC-32679] – Spawned in enderportals are not nameable

PS3 Media Server – Simplified

Hello Friends

This time around I will provide some details on setting up the PS3 Media Server software on your Linux/Ubuntu install. This time the steps have been simplified. So please follow my steps and you should be up and running in no time at all.

Step 1. – Install Ubuntu Server or Desktop (I prefer using server)

I first started with a fresh clean install of Ubuntu Server (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). After the server was installed I set my network address to something static.

Step 2. – Installation of base software requirements
Find your way to a command line and follow the steps below

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:happy-neko/ps3mediaserver
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ps3mediaserver

I normally have no need for the sudo command as I run my install from the root user account. Enable this account by typing sudo passwd and set a password; at this point you will be able to log on as root.

At this point your PS3 Media Server is installed. You now need to configure the software so that it know the location of your media files.

Step 3. – Configuration – Configuration options for PS3 Media Server

Logged in as the root user you will need to edit your PMS.conf file which is located here: /root/.config/ps3mediaserver/
Using the nano command: nano .config/ps3mediaserver/PMS.conf I open the configuration to set options such as the location of my media files.

There are many options that you can set, and that is based on your preference. If you need help feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I’ll do my best to assist.

Step 4. – Starting your PS3 Media Server

You can restart the service by issuing the following command: /etc/init.d/ps3mediaserver restart

Or you can reboot your server.  Oh your PS3 game console under video you should see your new PS3 Media Server in the list.  If all has been configured correctly you should be able to access your media.

— extended info —

My media is located on a file server here at home. I use the smbmount command to mount my storage. However doing this each time I restart my media server is a pain so I do the following:

First you need to have the smbmount tool installed. Type apt-get install smbfs to install this. Now that we have the tool installed you need to create a location on your system where you media will live. I suggest using /media/video for video /media/music for audio. The location and preference is up to you.

Now that the above is completed I change directory to /etc/init.d/ . I then create a new file that will be used as a start up script when my server boots.
Here is my setup steps:

cd etc/init.d/
nano ps3media – edit this file with something such as this:

#!/bin/bash
smbmount //server/video/ /media/video/ -o user=user,pass=password
exit

chmod + x ps3media – we are making the script executable
update-rc.d ps3media defaults – telling the system to run this script

*reboot* to test your setup

 — My Systems Requirements —

Ubuntu Server (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)
2 CPU (1.8 GHz) — Single CPU or Dual Core
512MB to 1GB of RAM — 512MB is fine in most cases
8 GB Hard Drive — You can get away with 4GB if you like

Windows Server 8 named Windows Server 2012

A few days ago Microsoft has announced that the Windows Server 8 will be named Windows Server 2012.

This was made known at MMS (Microsoft Management Summit) on April 17, 2012.  I just found out about it myself.  Not a big shocker for me.  I just wanted to share the news and keep the cycle of informaiton flowing

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/readynow/

 

Dynamic IP Restrictions in IIS7

The Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS provides IT Professionals and Hosters a configurable module that helps mitigate or block Denial of Service Attacks or cracking of passwords through brute-force by temporarily blocking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of HTTP clients who follow a pattern that could be conducive to one of such attacks. This module can be configured such that the analysis and blocking could be done at the Web Server or the Web Site level. The module includes the following features:

  • Seamless integration into IIS 7.0 Manager.
  • Dynamically blocking of requests from IP address based on either of the following criteria:
    • The number of concurrent requests.
    • The number of requests over a period of time.
  • Blocking of requests can be configured at either site or server level.
  • Configurable deny actions allows IT Administrators to specify what response would be returned to the client. The module support return status codes 401, 403, 404 or blocking the requests entirely.
  • Support for IPv6 addresses.
  • Support for web servers behind a proxy or firewall.

(x86) – http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29272&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

(x64) – http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29274&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all