IE prompting for authentication on Windows 2008 machine due to the DEP feature

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: One of my customers observed that IE 8 is prompting for authentication every time he accesses his aspx page. He is using Single Sign On which takes the credentials of the currently logged in user and logs the application under this context. The issue is observed only on the Windows 2008 machine which…

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ASP.NET 2.0 web application crashes with Fatal Execution Engine Error (80131506)

My customer is repeatedly seeing the following crash events in the event viewer while running the ASP.NET 2.0 web application on x64 bit machines. This application worked just fine on x32 bit machines.   Event Type:   Warning Event Source: W3SVC Event Category:       None Event ID:       1011 Description: A process serving application pool ‘ABC’ suffered a…

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Issues with File extensions on IIS 7

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: We were trying to run a windows application which is getting invoked from a link in the ASP.NET 3.5 web application. The windows application was supposed to get invoked on the client machine. The web app is hosted on the IIS web server (Win 2008). However the client executable failed to run.   The same…

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Unable to run Biztalk 2009 Project using Visual Studio 2008

I was trying to run a BizTalk Project using Visual Studio 2008 and was getting the following error message:   ————————— Microsoft Visual Studio ————————— The project file ‘C:\BiztalkProject.btproj’ cannot be opened.   The project type is not supported by this installation. ————————— OK   Cancel   Help   —————————   FINDINGS: ======== After an hour of research,…

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A batch file for setting IE as the default browser

One of my customers wanted assistance to set the Internet Explorer as the default browser through group policy even though the user installs other browsers and makes it the default browser. Since there aren’t any predefined GP available, I helped him write a batch file that will set the registries to make IE as the…

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How to Disable Internet Explorer 8 Welcome Screen Through Group Policies

My customer wanted to disable the IE 8 Welcome Screen through group policies.   Background: After we install Internet Explorer 8 for the first time or reset the Internet Explorer Settings, you’ll see the Set Up Windows Internet Explorer 8 screen asking for the configuration of the search and accelerator settings. The setup would look…

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Unable to install Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-070 for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1

My customer was trying to install the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-070 for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 (KB958393) from the following link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6AC7CF8F-D046-43A8-B4EF-253153D65AED&displaylang=en But I noticed that the installation always failed with the following error message Error: The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service because the program to be…

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Things to be considered while configuring Proxy Exception list for IE through group policy

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION You are trying to set the proxy server and the exception list for the Internet explorer through the group policies and noticed that the policies weren’t getting applied properly. Internet Explorer Maintenance -> Connections -> Proxy settings policy SOLUTION: The Proxy exception list is very sensitive to the syntax of the websites that…

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Custom adm file to enable an IE setting through Group Policy

My customer wanted to enable the IE setting “use HTTP 1.1 through proxy connections” on all the client machines through group policy.   RESOLUTION ============ It is normally easy to enable the settings through group policies and inherit on all the client machines if the property is already defined in the group policy console. But…

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Problems installing ASP.NET 1.1 on Windows 2008

I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year 2009. This is my first blog for the year. I hope it really helps.  Windows Vista and Windows 2008 comes with .NET framework 2.0 installed by default along with the operating system. However it is possible to install the 1.1 framework whenever needed. I was facing…

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