Joomla contact form extensions

Tried to find a useful contact form extension (non commercial) for Joomla. After trying multiple extensions I almost gave up on finding a usefull one. Most are extremely limited in functionality and need a commercial license to get the full functionality.

At last I found ‘aiContactSafe’. It works out of the box, you don’t need a engineering degree to configure the contact form and is highly flexible (multiple forms possible, custom field layout).

The is worth mentioning and hopefully saves other people the agonising search for a good contact form extension.

greetz, M.

How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) in Windows Server 2008/2003

Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration places your server and Microsoft Internet Explorer in a configuration that decreases the exposure of your server to potential attacks that can occur through Web content and application scripts. As a result, some Web sites may not display or perform as expected.In my personal openion opera webbrowser is more safer than IE/firefox.

If you only need to access the web every now and then from a server or if you are working on a test server, then you can disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.

For Windows Server 2003 Users

I didn’t find a way to turn it off in the IE configuration and It seems one has to uninstall it: Go to Control Panel, then Add or Remove Programs, then click on Add/Remove Windows Components uncheck the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and click on next.

For Windows Server 2008 Users

In Windows Server 2003, one has to uninstall the corresponding Windows Component. In Windows Server 2008, this doesn’t work anymore. You have to click on the root folder in Server Manager. Then you scroll down to the Security Information Section and click “Configure IE ESC”. You can turn off IE ESC for Administrators and/or for users. The latter probably only makes sense in a Terminal Server environment.

That’s all folks !

Greetz, M.

Who’s watching you ?

Add the “ghostery” plugin to your browser and see who’s watching you …

Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Plugin available for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari browsers.

Greetz, M.

RD session host (Terminal Services on Windows 2008 R2)

Ran into a license issue when configuring RD session host on SBS2011 and using user CAL’s.

The license manager kept complaining about the lack of appropriate licenses. The user CAL licenses were added, but for some reason the license type could be set tot “user”, but after a refresh showed “administrative remote desktop” again.

Finally figured out how to solve this :
By applying the Set the Remote Desktop licensing mode Group Policy setting.

This Group Policy setting is located in Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Licensing and can be configured by using either Local Group Policy Editor or the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). Note that the Group Policy setting will take precedence over the setting configured in Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

Read the full article on the Microsoft Technet site.

greetz, M.

VMware Esxi 4.1 and SNMP

With the VMware ESXi free edition it’s not possible to configure the ESXi server using vSphere CLI commands. However there is another way to edit the SNMP settings.

  1. Stop all virtual machines on the ESXi host
  2. Enable SSH access to the ESXi host (configuration -> software -> Security profile)
  3. SSH to ESXi IP-address
  4. logon with user ‘root’ and enter password
  5. go to folder etc/vmware
  6. make a backup copy of snmp.xml
  7. edit (use vi) snmp.xml and set it like this

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YouTube turn off suggested videos when the video ends

While embedding Youtube code on a web page I was wondering how to turn off suggested videos when the video ends.

Finally I found the solution :

  • Copy the code from YouTube to embed the video on a site.
  • The code contains two parts that start with www.youtube  and so on. These parts are between double qoutes.
  • Add following code just before the closing double quotes (so twice on each line of code):

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