TxEIS Renewing Server Certificate

Step 1:   Backup the following files

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_17\jre\lib\security\cacerts


Step 2:   Create the TxEIS Keystore

From a command prompt run the following command;

The following prompts will appear:

What is your first and last name?
This is the FQDN of the server, i.e. txeis.panolacharterschool.net

What is the name of your organizational unit?
Enter admin

What is the name of your organization?
Use the name of the district, i.e. Panola Charter School

What is the name of your city or locality?
Enter TX

What is the two-letter country code for this unit?
Enter US

You will receive the following prompt;
Is CN=URL-ComputerName, OU=OrganizationUnit, O=Organization, L=CityName, ST=TX, C=US correct? [no]:
type yes and press  <Enter>
Press <enter>

NOTE: The default keystore password is:  txeis01


Step 3:   Generating the Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

From a command prompt run the following command;

You will be prompted for the Keystore Password ( txeis01 )


Step 4: Obtaining the Renewal TSSC

Email the C:\TxEIS\keystore\TxEIS.CSR file to Darren.
Server Type is TOMCAT
Copy the resulting .crt file to C:\TxEIS\keystore overwriting the existing one.
Copy a current copy of sf_cross_intermediate.crt to the same directory.


Step 5:  Installing the TSSC Files

*** Stop the JBOSS Service ***

Place a copy of the unchanged cacertsfile from
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\security to C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_17\jre\lib\security
(overwrite the existing cacerts file).
Edit CERTIMP.bat and verify the Certificate names are correct.
If using GoDaddy the files will be:

txeis.<dns name>.crt

From a command prompt run the following command:
You will be prompted for the keystore password for each certificate.
Password is txeis01

Note: When installing the second Intermediate certificate file, you may get an “already
exist … add (Y/N)”.
In the event this happens, answer N and continue on.


Step 6:   Export Keystore Certificate and Import it into Java CACERTS keystore file

From a command prompt run the following command;

You will see text similar to the following:

Owner: CN= URL-ComputerName, OU= OrganizationUnit, O= Organization, L= CityName, ST=TX, C=US Issuer:
CN= ComputerName, OU=OrganizationUnit, O= Organization, L= CityName, ST=TX, C=US
Serial number: 4925c95d
Valid from: Mon Oct 19 10:00:00 CST 2009 until: SunFeb 19 09:00:00 CST 2010
Certificate fingerprints:
MD5: BF:93:32:06:7C:7B:E9:DD:B6:4E:DE:43:2F:D5:E8:13
SHA1: 47:16:DE:0B:DC:F2:61:2C:86:B7:72:70:9C:4F:82:B6:30:97:95:E6
Signature algorithm name: SHA1withRSA
Version: 3

Trust this certificate? [no]: type yes and press <enter>


Step 7:   Restart the JBOSS Service and verify new Certificate

How to clean Auto Glass

The first supply needed in the cleaning of glass is, of course, the cleanser. There are a wide variety of off-the-shelf cleansers to choose from. We highly recommend the professional Binswanger Glass Cleaner by Spray Way Inc. for the best results. But if you just happen to run out of Binswanger Glass Cleaner there are many homemade concoctions as well. The simplest homemade recipe is 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. A more complicated one is:

  • ½ cup sudsy ammonia
  • 1 pint 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent
  • 1 gallon water

We have provided various methods for cleaning glass. Some are different from others and require different tools. Here is a list of widely used supplies involved with cleaning glass. You can choose which tool and method best suits you.

  • clean cloths or sponge
  • bucket
  • squeegee
  • rubber gloves
  • 1 capful of ammonia
  • paper towels
  • newspaper
  • razor blade

A good method we suggest for cleaning automotive glass involves three parts. The first is washing the glass along with the car. The second part involves a more thorough cleaning with a cleanser and a dry wipe. The third part is another dry wipe and inspection for blemishes. The steps are as follows:

  • Wash the glass with regular soap and water with the rest of the car. This can be done with a sponge or a clean, cotton cloth. When the glass is saturated with water and soap, run your bare fingers over the surface of the glass. This is for finding blemishes, smudges, or residue sticking to the glass. When all blemishes and residue are removed use your chosen cleaner to clean both the inside and outside of the glass. Decomposition of the vinyl and plastic components of the interior cause problems with cleaning the inside surface of the glass. UV(ultra-violet) rays from the sun cause this decomposition of the vinyl. This creates a build up of contaminants on the surface of the glass(the by products of this are gaseous, and are commonly called “that new car smell”).
  • The next step will involve the actual cleaning of the glass with a specialized cleanser(may we suggest Binswanger Glass Cleaner by Spray Way Inc.?). This is best done with two cotton towels. One for cleaning the surface of the glass, the other is for drying . In order to prevent the cleaner from getting on the surface of the dashboard, spray the cleaner on the towel first. Those conditioning products that you use on your dash will be removed by a cleaner. Make sure to get all the hard to reach corners of the glass. Contaminants tend to build up there. A glass setting tool (used to install windshields) can be helpful for this. But any thin, blunt and flexible piece of plastic will do the job. Do you have a line of film or soil near the top of your car door window? Lower your windows a little to expose the recessed part in the car door. Then clean the outside first. This allows for easier detection of streaks when you’re doing the interior. This will eliminate that line of soil that collects on the window. When the inside and outside of all your windows have been cleaned, use the second towel for a dry wipe.
  • Lastly, do another dry wipe on both the inside and out. A clean paper towel without any cleaner on it can be used as well. Be sure to inspect for residue, streaks, and scratches. But there should be no streaks if the steps are followed properly.

Special Note:
Proper cleaning and handling of windshields Saves Lives! The windshield serves a primary function in the car’s structure. If a wreck occurs it keeps an unbelted passenger in the car, it keeps the airbag in place, and prevents the roof from caving in. If the windshield is not installed properly these life-saving functions are lost. This reverts to the cleaning process. Be sure to wipe it down with a clean cloth without leaving residue or wet spots, especially along the edges. Afterwards, when handling the glass be sure to wear special, factory gloves. Never touch it with your bare hands. If oils from your skin get on the edges of the windshield it weakens the adhesion. In case of an accident this increases the chances of the windshield popping out. Be mindful.
Tips and Tricks:

  • There are times when it is hard to tell if the streak is inside or out. Wash the inside of the windows in one direction and the outside in the other. Then you know which side has the streak.
  • In order to keep your windows streak-free, use some old newspapers. They leave no fuzzy lint and they add a polishing effect.
  • If using paper towels use a fresh one for each portion of the glass.
  • Sometimes you will find sticky residue or thick spots that won’t come off. Take a sharpened razor blade between your forefinger and thumb pressing it firmly down on the glass at roughly 180 degrees. Scrape it along the glass through the spots and residue. They will peel right off without any scratches on the glass.
  • When preparing a washing solution, use as little soap as possible to avoid streaking.
  • Glass cleaning is best attempted when not in direct sunlight. The cleaning solution will dry before proper cleaning has occurred. The dry surface may also allow scratching to occur.

This is from an old link, http://www.hardingglass.com/clean_glass.htm.
Copyright info from that page;
Binswanger Glass
© 2003 Vitro America, Inc.

Adding a new VHD to SLES / VMware

Adding an additional VHD to SLES running under VMware while the server is running is easier than you might think.

First, edit the SLES Server setting from VMware vSphere Client.
Click ‘Add’ at the top of the Virtual Machine Properties.


Choose Hard Disk


Choose Create New


Choose your capacity


Choose next on the following screen.
Choose Finish.

Check the Settings screen and you’ll see the new disk being created.

new adding

Now login to your SLES server and start a terminal session.

Open Terminal in SLES.

Issue the following command (there are spaces between the 3 dashes in quotes);
echo “- – -” > /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/scan
There will be no output.

Now issue the following command;
fdisk /dev/sdb


Issue these command in order;
n (new partition)
p (primary)
1 (partition number)
first cylinder (default)
last cylinder (default)
t (type)
8e (This is the partition type for LinuxVM)
w (write the changes and quit)


Start YAST
Start Partitioner


Answer YES to the prompt.


Choose Hard Disks from left column
Double-click the new partition (i.e. /dev/sdb1)
Choose Edit at bottom.


Choose Format at top (i.e. Ext3)
Choose Mount Partition towards bottom.
  enter mount point desired (i.e. /mail)
Click Finish.


Click Next on the next screen.
Click Finish.
The new disk will now be formatted.
Partitioner will exit and you’ll be back at YAST.

Your new VHD is now ready for use!

Enable Pop-ups via Group Policy

To enable pop-ups in Internet Explorer via Group Policy follow these steps.

Start Group Policy Management.
Navigate to
Computer Configuration
Administrative Templates
Windows Components
Internet Explorer

Look for the setting “Pop-up allow list”
Change this to ‘Enabled’
Choose the ‘Show…’ button then enter sites that you wish to to be subjected to Internet Explorers pop-up manager.

Cisco Password reset … Unable to stat flash: error

When recovering a Cisco 3650 a flash error can occur. If you ever have to recover a Cisco 3650 switch password there are some good instructions on the Cisco web site on how to do this. However, part of the process involves accessing file(s) on the flash memory of the switch. Occasionally you might run into a problem when attempting to access the flash memory. The switch may report “unable to stat flash:/: invalid” argument. For example when you type



you may receive an error which says



This means the flash has not been initialized correctly. Simply typing in the command “flash” will begin the inisilization and allow you to access the flash memory. See below for a full out put from an effected switch.


Add Public Folder calendar to Outlook 2010

With Outlook open hit CTRL + 6. This opens the folder view.

Scroll down to public folders and right click on the calendar.

Choose “Add to favorites” This will put it in your “Public Favorites”

Then hit CTRL + 2. This opens the calendar view.

There should now be a checkbox for your Public calendar. Select it.

You should be able to switch between views now and be able to see you public calendar whenever you change to the calendar view.

ZenWorks – Imaging Windows 7 PC

Boot from ZenWorks 11 CD.

Choose Manual Mode.

When prompted for IP of Imaging Server enter;

At Bash Prompt (#) enter;


Master PC–
ifconfig eth0 netmask
route add default gw eth0

Slave PC–

ifconfig eth0 netmask
route add default gw eth0