Archive for February, 2013

Update Rollup 12 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (KB 2795627)

February 25, 2013


Microsoft has released Update Rollup 12 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 E-mail Router.
For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2795627:
Update Rollup 12 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
To maintain parity between the application components of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, this update rollup includes packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Router.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP


  • This update must be installed on a computer that is running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 6 or a later Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 update rollup.
  • This update requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.


Click the file you want to download from the list below.
Important: The language pack must be installed before you can apply the update rollup for that language pack. Download and install a language pack at Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Pack.
To install this update rollup, do one of the following:

  • To start the installation immediately, click Run.
  • To save the download to your computer for installation later, click Save.
  • To cancel the installation, click Cancel.

Additional information

Components also installed with this update rollup The following components, if not already installed, will be installed when you apply this update rollup:

  • Visual C++ 2010 runtime
  • ReportViewer 2010 control

Hotfixes and updates that you have to manually enable or configure
This Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup contains hotfixes and updates that you must manually enable or configure. To enable or configure these hotfixes on the server that is running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, see the “Hotfixes and updates that you have to manually enable or configure” section of the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Update Rollup 12 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011


RegEx Builder

February 23, 2013

Do you need to use regular expression on an occasional basis, but don’t use them enough to become a regular expressions expert. If you answered “yes”, then I have a great solution for you.  RegEx Builder is a small utility to help you build regular expressions.  Especially useful for those, like me, who don’t use regular expressions everyday, and therefore, don’t always remember all the details.  RegEx Builder evaluates your expression as you type so you can see if it is going to match your target text in real-time.  No more edit-compile-test loops.  RegExBuilder is distributed under the Simplified BSD License.

RegEx Builder Screenshot


Rapid Environment Editor

February 21, 2013

Windows environment variables management

7.1 build 845

February 2, 2013

Download this version


Editable tree

Show environment variables and values as an editable tree.

Portable mode

RapidEE doesn’t require installation and could be run as a “portable application”. View details.

Error checking

Automatically checking for invalid pathnames and filenames

Multilanguage interface

RapidEE is translated into number of languages (English, Russian, Japanese, French, Polish, German, Italian, Latvian, Slovak, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Croatian, Danish, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish), and the language can be changed on the fly.

Variable inspector

Inspector shows miscellaneous information about variables: name, type, value, short file name in the 8.3 naming convention for each long file name and vice versa.

No typing

You don’t need to type long pathnames. Just choose path using File Explorer tree

Easy values manipulation

RapidEE supports drag’n’drop for reordering of variable values


Environment variables can be backed up to the registry file (.reg)


Skins allow you to change the look and feel of RapidEE

Multiuser support

If you have an administrative privileges then you can edit environment variables for any user on your computer.

Command line

RapidEE can accept a number of command line parameters to modify the system and user environment variables. View details.

Path Editor

February 19, 2013

Why are you editing your path with this.

Windows built in environment variable editor

When you could be editing your path with this.


If you have ever had need to alter, manage, or otherwise interact with the System or User Path on your PC then you know how painful it is do with the built in tools. Path Editor is a small utility that makes path management very straightforward with it’s intuitive user interface and drag-and-drop simplicity. Path Editor can clean your path of missing and duplicate entries with a single click of the mouse.


  • Friendly intuitive user interface.
  • Edit System or Current User Path.
  • Edit any HKCU registry key (in advanced mode)
  • Optionally display expanded environment variables used in the path.
  • Automatically clean path of missing and duplicate entries.
  • Rearrange entries using buttons or drag-and-drop.
  • Double-click a path entry to open directory in a file explorer.
  • Add a directory by dragging the directory (or a file) from a file explorer.
  • Use /c on the command line to clean, save, and exit with no user interaction.
  • Path Editor is distributed under the Simplified BSD License
  • Online Users Manual


Note: Drag-and-dropping directories from Windows Explorer into PathEditor works in Windows XP, but Windows 7’s stricter security policy prevents this from working under Windows 7 since PathEditor runs with elevated privs.  (One cannot drag from under-privileged apps to privileged apps.)  I’m looking at implementing some other solution that makes it easier to add directories.


MS Office SharePoint Server 2010 Excel Workbook Cannot be Opened Error

February 15, 2013

A document library or Report library was created within a site on SharePoint 2010 and an excel document was uploaded. Once the file was uploaded , upon clicking on the excel document , an error is displayed saying the workbook cannot be opened.

The reason behind this is usually due to the following:-

  1. For excel services and to open the excel document within the browser make sure you have the following Hotfix installed: Windows6.1-KB976462-v2-x64.msu available here.
  2. Or it could be because you use a custom Service Account for all your service application / Excel Services then you need to do either one of the following :
  • Add the Service account to be a Dbowner on your content database that holds the web application
  • Or copy the following script and run it
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -EA 0
$webApp = Get-SPWebApplication “REPLACE_NAME_OF_WEBAPP”

TestDisk, Data Recovery

February 13, 2013

TestDisk is OpenSource software and is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL v2+).

TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.

TestDisk can

  • Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
  • Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
  • Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
  • Fix FAT tables
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector
  • Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
  • Fix MFT using MFT mirror
  • Locate ext2/ext3/ext4 Backup SuperBlock
  • Undelete files from FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
  • Copy files from deleted FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions.

TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.