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Annoying “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items” warning and how to get rid off it?

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Warning

Just a quick and short post about this warning and what are possible solutions to get rid of it. So the warning happens sometimes when you setup SSL for example on Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) site. After that, anytime you open the site,  or navigate back and forth this warning pop-out.

Cause

This happens because some of links on your site point to http instead to https. So if you have some links, pictures or something else that is having http in link you have that warning. Also, what I personally experienced is that this error happened because of using specific Windows Sharepoint Services theme (Basic theme).

How to solve the problem?

Change Sharepoint theme. Go to Site actions> Site settings > Look and feel > Site theme  and change theme to default.

Check if anything (links, pics…) on your site is still using http links. Change those to https or start using relative path instead of absolute. Absolute link is –> http://example.com/img.jpg  and relative (in Sharepoint)  is –> _layouts/images/  or //http://www.example.com/img.jpg

Change browser settings:

          1. Tools > Internet options
          2. Security tab > Custom level
          3. Scroll down to “Display mixed content” and select Enable
          4. Click Yes on  Security warning pop-up
              Hope that solves your problem.
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    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 5.5 RTM / Final Release

    January 17, 2011 1 comment

    Microsoft Assesment and Planning toolkit

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit  5.5 is available and can be downloaded from Microsoft site. It is really great, and free tool from Microsoft.

    It is a powerful inventory, assessment and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations and virtualization without the use of any software agents.

    Ok, for which scenarios can this tool be useful?

    In many, many, many scenarios. Let’s see:

    Agentless inventory -  tool collects system resources and device information  from computers in your environment. Tool doesn’t require installation of any kind of agent on computers. MAP uses technologies already available such as WMI, Remote Registry Service, Active Directory Domain Services and Computer Browser service.

    Compatibility and readiness analysis – it performs analysis of hardware and device compatibility for Windows 7,  Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Office 2010. It also provides database and web application readiness for Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

    Virtualization consolidation recommendation – MAP analyses servers which you plan to virtualize (P2V) and compare those results with results it collected from potential Hyper-V hosts. Based on those comparison and analysis it identifies right candidates for virtualization and suggests placing of virtual machines on physical servers.

    And what’s new in version 5.5?

    • Windows Azure platform assessment for easier migration to the cloud
    • Heterogeneous database discovery for accelerated migration to SQL Server
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer migration assessment for migration to Windows 7 compatible versions
    • Enhanced server consolidation capabilities help save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals

    To conclude MAP is free, very useful tool which has many great functions, and just some of them were described here. For more information see Technet.

    Internet Explorer 6 on Windows 7 (IE6 + Windows 7)

    January 13, 2011 1 comment

     

    Internet Explorer 6 with Windows 7

    Yes Internet Explorer 6 is still used worldwide!

    Actually  I was writing about similar topic (IE6 on Windows 7 using XP mode) once before because a lot of enterprises today are running their line-of-business (LOB) web applications on Internet Explorer 6. In other words those applications can’t run or they do not behave normally on Internet Explorer 8. Also we all know that migrating on Windows 7 causes that you can’t use Internet Explorer 6 anymore. Of course you can use XP mode or Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), but what if you don’t have the possibility to use virtualization technologies. Anyway obviously, compatibility issues of line of business applications with new Internet Explorer 8 (or 9 when it RTM’s) is a major showstopper for many companies today. 

    According to Gartner Research, IE6 compatibility problems will cause 1-in-5 organizations to take longer than expected or spend more than they budgeted for their Windows 7 migration projects. Problem is that approximately 40 percent of the Web applications used by companies still running IE6 won’t work on IE8 – the browser bundled with Windows 7

    Ok so what’s the solution?

    Luckily there is one great add-on to IE 8 which allows you to run complete IE6 engine inside IE8 tab. In that way you can easily without any fear migrate to Windows 7, migrate to new Internet Explorer and still use your older LOB web applications. Company that developed that product is called Browsium,  and product is called UniBrows. As they say Unibrows is:

     

    an innovative new product that removes a key impediment to enterprise upgrades by enabling millions of IE6-based line-of-business web applications to run unmodified on Windows 7 or on IE8 on Windows XP (and IE9 when it is released). UniBrows is an IE add-on that runs the complete IE6 rendering engine and web-application platform inside an IE8 tab. UniBrows is not virtualization, does not run a separate instance of IE, and does not change the default browser or normal browsing behavior.  By installing UniBrows on client PCs running Windows 7 or Windows XP with IE8, organizations can upgrade their OS and browser platforms organization-wide immediately and then rewrite or replace legacy applications on an independent schedule.

    So key characteristics to remember here are:

    • UniBrows allows you to run your IE6 LOB web applications normally on IE8 and IE9  when it will be released.
    • UniBrows is simple to deploy
    • It does not require any changing in applications or in your current IE8 browser.
    • It can be configured (with Group Policy) to automatically know which web sites to           open with UniBrows add-on.
      If you are interested in this solution find out more here.