Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Moodle Upgrade Hangs on -->System

The last few months the college has been unable to complete Moodle updates and upgrades. The problem was that when the upgrade was kicked off the upgrade would hang at the first stage. Shown in the image below.

We use all Microsoft technologies for our system. 
  • NLB clustered Windows Server 2008 R2 (IIS 7.5)
  • PHP 5.2.13 (FastCGI) 
  • SQL 2008 Failover Cluster
  • MSSQL PHP Driver (not FreeTDS)
There was no error messages at all, and the windows would stay in exactly the same position for days if you left it. To cancel press CTRL+C.

Friday, 7 March 2014

InfoPath Form Services Missing from SharePoint Server 2010

I had an issue reported today where a user was trying to configure InfoPath Form services for a SharePoint 2010 Site. 

Normally there is a section in Central Administration under General Application Settings called InfoPath Forms Services. On our server the section was missing entirely.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Disabling Proofing Tools and related options Word 2010 for an Exam

In this post i am going to be describing an issue that has for a long time not been well documented, by either Microsoft or anyone else.

The college has had an exam requirement for many years for computer based exams to disable the spell check, thesaurus and grammar check facility and to remove the ability to re-enable it.

MS in their infinite wisdom created ADMX/ADM templates that give admins the ability to disable some of the proofing tools in a GPO. However this does not disable the ability to re-enable these options from the GUI. Also in the Word 2010 ADMX templates, MS have REMOVED the option to disable Spell Check!

I found a couple of articles which were very helpful and pretty much gave me the answer i needed. The articles were for Word 2007 so i have ported them to Word 2010.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Migrating a 2003 Certificate Authority (CA) to 2008 R2

We recently had a requirement to migrate an old Windows Server 2003 Standard Certificate Authority server, to a new 2008 R2 Enterprise system.

There aren't many good guides on the web, so i decided to create this one. The post below details the process of migrating and changing the name of the CA server.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Moodle Upgrade - Command Line

Recently i found that when attempting to upgrade a large Moodle site using the conventional browser based method, the server had a nasty habit of timing out on me. It is also notoriously difficult to see what is going on during an upgrade, when all you get is the spinning wheel in a browser.

Personally i found upgrading using the command line, much easier and much more informative than using the WFE.