DNN Popup Greeting–Kill it Good!

In the recent DNN 7 releases, they have unfortunately made by default a popup greeting after sign in, that in theory would drive clients to signup for their spam.

Problem is (like lots of recent DNN features) that the “tick to never show again” does not work, and in some really recent releases, the popup goes crazy and does not allow you to progress into the site.

In other words, they killed their own product with spam crap.

Easy fix. Open the file in the web root, called: Default.aspx.cs

Look for this line: ManageGettingStarted();

Just throw a // before it to comment it out.

Save and restart the IIS site. Should fix it fast and for good.

Windows 2008 Server Blocking RDP IP Address Hacks

Find out the IP address of the Prick who is trying to hack your server.

Go to the Windows Event Log, and select Security. Look for the Audit Failure event and you will see the IP there.


Setup a custom rule in Firewall With Advanced Security to block this incoming IP from attempting a hack.

Start -> administrative tools > windows firewall with advanced security.

Select Inbound Rules / New Rule


Select Custom / Next


Select All Programs / Next


Leave Default / Next


Leave the Local IP set to ANY, but Change the Remote IP to ADD


Ensure that you have added the prick who is hacking you, then Next


Select Block the Connection / Next


Leave Default / Next


Give the rule a name / Finish


Microsoft CRM IFD SSL Certificate Renewal

Following on from our very popular IFD configuration for Microsoft CRM.


The time will come around where you need to renew the SSL certificate for your CRM IFD configuration.

This will include the renewal of the SSL certificate as used by IIS and and ADFS. Couple of steps we followed based exactly on the configuration outlined in our above linked blog post.

Generate a new SSL Request.

1. Open IIS Manager and click on server certificates.


2. Create certificate request


3. Fill in the data:

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4. Change to 2048 Bit


5. Give it a name:


Finish and you are done.

Now Open the certificate text file and copy the text to your clip board, or use this with your certificate authority to issue you a new Wild Card Certificate. *.interactivewebs.com is what we use.

To get the certificate we use a service called “startssl.com” who allow you to issue certificates like this for 2 years for free once you are validated as a user.

Complete the Certificate Request

Once the new certificate has been issued to you you need to complete the request on IIS.

1. In IIS Manager click on Complete Certificate Request


2. Browse to the certificate from your issuer provider and give it a friendly name. We like to use a year in the name to help distinguish from the old one.


Finish the import.

Change the certificate used by IIS

1. Expand the two sites on the CRM server and click on Default Website first then Bindings / https



2. Select the new certificate that you just imported and click on OK


3. Repeat this process fro the Microsoft Dynamics CRM website


selecting the new certificate here and OK.

4. Restart IIS

Set Permissions on SSL Certificate

1.  Click Start, and then click Run.
2.  Type MMC.
3.  On the File menu, click  Add/Remove Snap-in.
4.  In the Available snap-ins list, select Certificates, and then click Add. The Certificates Snap-in Wizard starts.
5.  Select Computer account, and then click Next.
6.  Select Local computer: (the computer this console is running on), and then click Finish.
7.  Click OK.
8.  Expand Console Root\Certificates (Local Computer)\Personal\Certificates.
9.  Right-click Certificates, click All Tasks, and then click Import.

Step 2: Add to the ADFS service account the permissions to access the private key of the new certificate. To do this, follow these steps:

1.  With the local computer certificate store still open, select the certificate that was just imported.
2.  Right-click the certificate, click All Tasks, and then  click Manage Private Keys.
3.  Add the account that is running the ADFS Service, and then give the account at least read permissions. (for us this is the Network Service)

Run the Deployment Manager with new Certificate

1. Run the CRM deployment manager:


2. Run the Configure Claims-based Authentication


Select the default settings.



Which should be the default from your IFD setup

But when you get to the Certificate, you need to select the new certificate.



Which should be visible from the list after importing it in the steps above.

3. Run the Configure Internet Facing Deployment action and just step though it with the default settings.


4. Restart the AD FS 2.0 Windows Service


Configure AD

Set the Service Communication Certificate

1. Start AD FS 2.0 Management


2. Expand certificates and select Set Service Communications Certificate


3. Select the new certificate that will be listed here.


Update Relying Party Trusts

1. From the AD FS 2.0 Management, Select your replying party trusts and update from the federation metadata one by one.


Update both listed. They will likely have a red cross before you do this.

Restart Services

Restart AD FS Service:


and restart IIS the usual way.

And you should be done. Login to your CRM IFD again and enjoy.

Please feel free to link to / reference this blog. Comments welcome below.

Font Icons Not Displaying in Internet Explorer IE 9 / 10

With the Bulk Emailer application we have used font icons to improve response and scalability with different devices. So far we have been happy with how they work using some boot strap code that is used for our user interface.

What we have noticed, and it’s no big surprise… Internet Explorer 9 and IE 10 will not display font icons correct.

What you should see is this:


But ends up rendering like this:


The Problem is WOFF Fonts on IIS

For IIS 6 and later, they do not handle WOFF fonts as icons for Internet Explorer. Most other browsers will support them, however IE like usual will behave like a black sheep.

There appears to be two solutions to this problem.

Solution 1 – Adding a MIME type to Internet Information Server IIS

Add the following MIME type to the IIS server settings.

  • .woff application/x-woff
    1. Open IIS Manager and navigate to the level you want to manage. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7). For information about navigating to locations in the UI, see Navigation in IIS Manager (IIS 7).

    2. In Features View, double-click MIME Types.

    3. In the Actions pane, click Add.

    4. In the Add MIME Type dialog box, type a file name extension in the File name extension text box. For example, type .xyz.

    5. Type a MIME type in the MIME type text box. For example, type application/octet-stream.

    6. Click OK.


Solution 2 – Adding some code to the web.config

A lot of people don’t have access to configure IIS in DotNetNuke, so you can add the following to the web.config.

Under the yellow below add the green lines


       <mimeMap fileExtension=”.woff” mimeType=”application/x-font-woff” />

This should get you out of trouble.

XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress There was a problem writing your sitemap file IIS Fix

If you are hosted on IIS for your wordpress site, you will notice that when you go to your XMP Sitemap Generator for WordPress, you notice a problem reported:

There was a problem writing your sitemap file. Make sure the file exists and is writable.

There was a problem writing your zipped sitemap file. Make sure the file exists and is writable.

In Red.

This is telling you that the auto update process for the XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress plugin has failed to create the files needed. If you click on the Rebuild the sitemap link it will manually rebuild.

The Fix

Easy one. On IIS servers, all paths for files require a \ (backslash) where the auto detected path will put a / (forward slash) after the end of the true path and before the sitemap.xml file.


Just update it in the Custom Location to the correct \ and save the changes. This will address the problem.


Bulk Emailer–Customer Review


I wanted to place this review on the DNN store but there is no review button in my download page for your product. It may be because it is an old order or product version. Please would you turn it on so I can post it and feel free to post it with my name on your site.


Richard Sletcher

If you have not yet used the InteractiveWebs email module you don’t know what you are missing. It is spectacular. The system is vast and would require a manual to list all the super cool features but let me give you some of my highlights.

  1. The user interface is clean and extremely user friendly.
  2. You are able to send SMS and email
  3. The inclusion of MyTokens allows you to personalize at a whole new level. Let me rave for a moment…

Imagine you have a list of restaurant clients containing FirstName, LastName, BirthDay, FoodPreference. You could send out an email like this…

Dear [MyToken:FirstName]

Your birthday is coming up in [MyToken:DaysToBirthday] and we would like to help you celebrate by offering you a 20% on [MyToken:MealPreference]. 



… Get the idea?

The best part is that you can automate the entire process. You simply build a list of all people having a birthday in 5 days time and then tell the email to run every day. Each day the system builds a list of people with upcoming birthdays and sends an email or SMS all driven from your internal data. 

  1. You can schedule the emails to run in intervals as small as a seconds apart and as large as a years apart.
  2. And the best of all… The InteractiveWebs team is totally on the ball when it comes to support.


This is a killer module and I recommend that you take the time to try it out.

Richard – one seriously happy InteractiveWebs customer!

DotNetNuke can’t upgrade as Host Login does not work

DotNetNuke Upgrade Fails. Cannot login with Host.

If you are trying to upgrade your DotNetNuke site and found that you are presented with the Welcome to the DotNetNuke Upgrade Page, but can’t login with your Host (SuperUser) account.


DotNetNuke Upgrade – Version 06.02.07

Current Version – 06.02.05

Welcome to the DotNetNuke Upgrade Page.

The first step is to choose the language you wish to use for the Upgrade.

You are about to upgrade your website to a more recent version of the DotNetNuke application. Applying upgrades on a consistent basis is the best way to ensure that you are protecting the integrity of your investment and the security of your users and assets. Before proceeding with the automated upgrade process please ensure that:

  • you have made plans to first attempt this process in a staging environment
  • you have documented your current installation characteristics including doing research on the compatibility of any third party modules which you may be using
  • you have created the necessary backups of your environment so that you will be able to restore your website in the event of an unexpected upgrade failure.


Just simply close your browsers, or better yet, grab a browser that you have not accessed for some time. Then try hitting your URL and loggin in with the new browser session. While I did not bother to work out what the cache issue was, I did find it was cache related to an open browser session that was trying to authenticate to a previous session.

Easy when you know how~!

.zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Green files and folders on Windows 7 indicate they are encrypted.

Usually this is a function of a program that will make these files encrypted for a reason. Security is usually the reason. But…

An interesting little bug in the process of creating a .zip file on a mac and moving it over to a Windows computer.

When a .zip file is created according to standards for .zip files found here:


They specify that .zip archives include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This tag information is known as the “version made by” and as the name suggest, it would tag information about the program version of .zip and the files system in use.

 0 - MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems)
          1 - Amiga                     2 - OpenVMS
          3 - UNIX                      4 - VM/CMS
          5 - Atari ST                  6 - OS/2 H.P.F.S.
          7 - Macintosh                 8 - Z-System
          9 - CP/M                     10 - Windows NTFS
         11 - MVS (OS/390 - Z/OS)      12 - VSE
         13 - Acorn Risc               14 - VFAT
         15 - alternate MVS            16 - BeOS
         17 - Tandem                   18 - OS/400
         19 - OS/X (Darwin)            20 thru 255 - unused

When the Mac system encrypts the files, it marks them with the attribute of being UNIX based files. Correct considering the Mac operating system is based on UNIX.

The problem arises at the Windows end. Because Windows is created by the most arrogant computer company in the world, it does not recognise that a .zip file could have been created with a computer that is not running Windows. It fails to correctly see the flag as UNIX and marks the files as Encrypted.

Leaving Files Encrypted

If the files are left as encrypted, you may find that there are problems if the files are shred on a network drive etc. Taking ownership will not change this flag, and resetting permissions does nothing.

The Easy Fix – Remove Encrypted Tag

Removing the incorrect Encrypted Flag on a green file in Windows 7, or Windows Server is really easy. Right click the file or files (holding the shift key to select multiple folders and files) then Click: Properties / Advanced / Un-tick the Encrypted Option


That’s about it. All fixed.

Internet Explorer will not display some JPG Red X

A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer


A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer.


Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 dropped support for jpeg images saved as CMYK and now only supports images saved in RGB mode. Below is an example and easy way to verify this issue. In the below example, we have two images; one saved in CMYK and the other saved as RGB.

CYMK Image
CYMK example image
RGB Image
RGB example image

If this issue exists, the CMYK image will appear as a red X or broken image in Internet Explorer. However, opening this page in Chrome or Firefox should show both images. If both images are visible to Internet Explorer, this is not the issue with your version of Internet Explorer.

Out suggestion would be to use just about any other browser that IE 8. Update to Chrome or Firefox and use that browser.