DNN Module Update News

This week we have been working to release an update in our DNN Module Postcard Manager. In this upgrade we are introducing a Silverlight interface that offers more than a simple UI upgrade.

The DNN Module will allow users to run an out of browser experience. Allowing both the management of new content and the viewing of existing content by an end user via a desktop installed OOB mode.

We believe this is one of the best features about Silverlight 3.0 and something that stands the Silverlgiht package out from other similar technologies. We also are looking forward to updating some of our other modules with this feature. One in particular is the upgrade planned to our popular DotNetNuke Email module (Bulk Emailer). We look forward to an OOB experience and being able to send email messages directly from your desktop.

Check out this and other upgrades to our DNN Module range here.

Site Settings is currently unavailable – Language Not Available

There are a few people around the net with this problem.

Site Settings
Error     Error: Site Settings is currently unavailable.
DotNetNuke.Services.Exceptions.ModuleLoadException: Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘DefaultLanguage’, table ‘tendollar.dbo.tdb_Portals’; column does not allow nulls. UPDATE fails. The statement has been terminated. —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘DefaultLanguage’, table ‘tendollar.dbo.tdb_Portals’; column does not allow nulls. UPDATE fails. The statement has been terminated. at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection) at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection) at System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ThrowExceptionAndWarning(TdsParserStateObject stateObj) at System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.Run(RunBehavior runBehavior, SqlCommand cmdHandler, SqlDataReader dataStream, BulkCopySimpleResultSet bulkCopyHandler, TdsParserStateObject stateObj) at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand.FinishExecuteReader(SqlDataReader ds, RunBehavior runBehavior, String resetOptionsString) at

DotNetNuke Product:          DotNetNuke Community Edition

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We have posted a solution on our DotNetNuke Knowledge Base website. Search on “Site Settings is currently unavailable”

DNN Post Card Module – Updated


 We have updated our popular Postcard Module for DotNetNuke today.

Postcard Manager for DotNetNuke (DNN) is a DotNetNuke (DNN) Module that allows you to add postcards to your website. Visitors to your site can send post cards to family and friends directly from the module.

The postcards can be custom created using images on your site, flash files on your site or external references to images and flash files.

The postcards are sent via email to the receiver of the card who only needs an email address.

This module will help visitors spread the word of your site to others, in turn generating traffic to your website.


DotNetNuke (dnn) Advanced Login Module RSS News

For those of you returning to our blog, you will remember that we recently announced the release of an exciting dnn advanced login module. The module allows you to replace the standard login module of DotNetNuke that typically requires a user name and pass with this module that can allow a user to login to a dnn website with other profile data like an email address.

Well today we are reminding people interested in this module that we have an RSS feed that allows users to track our updates to this module. As we develop and improve the module, the releases and features of the releases are posted automatically from our MS CRM system to our website using the Interactive CRM Portal technology.

To see the latest news you can either go to our website specific for the Advanced Login Module, or visit our main DNN Module site here and click on the support tab for the latest dnn module news.

Microsoft Word 2007 Crashes – Why?

I have an otherwise stable work environment, yet today I discovered the root cause why I sometimes have to reinstall office 2007 to get MS Word to stop crashing.

The symptoms are that word started and appears to work ok, but I cannot select any text either right click with mouse or left. If I close the program, the application crashes with all the normal bull crap about recovery and bla bla.. end result is that word remains broken.

After much research and mucking around (save you all some time) I found that you have to reinstall. Repair is just a moving progress bar connected to nothing, as I have never seen the repair install process actually do anything useful.

But what I am excited about this time is that I worked out the cause. If MS word is open with a document that is not saved, and the operating system does a reboot after a service patch (or should I say… another services patch) then MS word tries to do some tricky save and restore stuff. When you open your operating system again, word is there, your documents are there, but it is all broken and needing to be reinstalled.

My suggestion. Turn off auto updates, just set it to download. Then make sure that you close word and check it is closed with a task manger (not some crap vista or windows 7 closed where the program remains hung and open but does not bother to tell you), then install updates and reboot (again) if needed.

Guess you can tell I have been doing this for a while…  and I am still surprised that the applications I use get less stable not more!  nuff said..

Hyper-v Guest OS Failed to start – Failed to create memory contents file

When trying to start a Hyper-V server we received this error.

Failed to create memory contents file ‘F:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\HyperV\Virtual Machines\….(some numbers)…\..morenumbers.bin’ of size 2048MB.

Screen Shot of error when Start Guest OS

The solution for this problem is simple. Make more space available on the drive with the Hyper-V VHD file. The message is indicating that the drive has run out of space.

It would be nice if Microsoft could dumb it down.

DotNetNuke DNN Feedback Module – Feedback Designer

Feedback Designer is a DotNetNuke Feedback Module / Reply form. It is a premier DotNetNuke (DNN) module that is written specifically to give users the ability to add a comprehensive feedback module into any DNN web site. The module is compatible with all recent version of DotNetNuke. The module is easy to install, easy to administrate, and even easier to use. Because we recognize that there is a variety of users who will use this module, from simple to advanced users we have focused much of our effort on making the module easier to user and more feature rich.Download this Free DNN Module in trial mode.