Installing Parallels Tools On Kubuntu 18.04 LTS Virtual Machine


Another off-topic post from me. And this time, it is for a very interesting issue.

I was trying to install and configure a new virtual machine for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS on my Mac, using Parallels Desktop v13. The installation went on well. My new Kubuntu VM was ready for configuration. All done, except Parallels Tools.

Every time I tried to install Parallels Tools, I received a fatal error and the installation would abruptly stop. Searching this on the Parallels Forum lead me to this post: Fail to build kernel modules on Linux kernel v4.15+.

Trust me, I’m no good at Linux at all. I’m just beginning to explore. So whatever was discussed on this forum post was beyond my limited knowledge. However, on page 2 of this post, there was a link provided which took me to Rudolf Ratusinski‘s step-by-step guide on how to hack Parallels Tools installer and make it work.

Here’s the original link: Parallels Tools fix for Ubuntu 18.04 and other Linux distributions with Kernel version >= 4.15

I must admit. Even I was able to follow the steps and succeed in installing Parallels Tools on my Kubuntu 18.04 VM.

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It’s worth noting that Parallels is yet to release a fix for this issue. This hack shouldn’t even be required, had Parallels addressed it straightforwardly.

Till we receive one from them, you may want to read Rudolf’s hack first before trying to install Parallels Tools.

Thanks Rudolf. I really appreciate your time and effort to share this crucial hack with all of us.

Vaidy

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CredSSP Encryption Oracle Remediation Error – Remote Desktop Connection


Word of Caution: This article contains a procedure to edit/change Windows Registry. Please take necessary precaution before attempting this.

I received an error this morning while trying to connect to one my clients’ server. The message as follows:

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With the help of one of my contacts at the client site, also upon searching and following the link provided in the message itself, couple of help pages stood out:

  1. CredSSP updates for CVE-2018-0886
  2. CredSSP encryption oracle remediation

For those who would like to see the solution immediately without having to go through the details from above links, I shall brief the solution itself here.

There are basically two solutions:

  1. Run “Windows Update” on the remote server (or the workstation) to which you are trying to connect. This will ensure that you have the latest patch on the remote box and you wouldn’t be facing this issue again. This would work provided your machine also has got the latest updates applied.
  2. For those who cannot update the remote box for some reason(s), you would have to create a new registry entry as shown below:

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Once above registry key is created, you must restart your workstation / client / computer without fail.

All good now to successfully connect to the remote box again.

A note of thanks to Dave.

Vaidy

Off-Topic: Mac OS High Sierra Push Notification Banners Issue


I’m blogging after a painfully long time. And, I’d like to share something really interesting that happened on my MacBook Pro this week.

I reset my Mac with Mac OS High Sierra (10.13.4) and all of a sudden, all my notifications stopped working. The Dock labels would show, sound would be there, yet mysteriously, banners wouldn’t come. Upon checking the notification area, there wasn’t any recent notifications listed at all. Baffling, to say the least.

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Then I chanced upon this apple support forum discussion, Mail notifications | Official Apple Support Communities.

Despite the discussion being for Mail App, the solution given on this discussion worked for me for all apps’ notifications.

Solution is quite simple; change the alert notification from “Alerts” or “Banners” to “None” and change it back. Easy, isn’t it? Not exactly. I had to do this for all of my apps, using the notification centre.

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I can’t complain though. It’s working now, that’s all I need.

If someone’s having same issue and is looking for a solution, look no further. Check out the discussion on Apple Support Forum (link provided above).

Vaidy

 

Happy New Year 2016


To the GP Community:

Happy New Year 2016!

This year is slated with lot of interesting releases for GP impending. I am absolutely as excited as all of you.

Let’s wish this year be an excellent year for Dynamics GP and its success.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Windows 10 and Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) Issues (UPDATE)


This is my first post from Perth, WA. It’s been an excellent journey and so far so good. More about my Perth life later.

This is something that I never experienced before. When you download any file from PartnerSource or CustomerSource, Microsoft would let you do that only through it’s File Transfer Manager program. If you have that installed already, any download initiation would first invoke this program and then let you set the path/folder to take in that download and etc.

However, when I tried to do that from my new Windows 10 machine, the FTM did not open. I tried to figure that out, but later remembered this same issue happening on my Windows 8.1 machine.

Basically, from Windows 8.1, for some reason, calling the FTM from Internet Explorer worked only on a 32 bit Internet Explorer.

Looks like Microsoft has not fixed that yet. If you are wondering why your FTM didn’t work, this is the reason. Open your IE 32 bit mode and then try to download the file that you wanted to.

UPDATE (05-Oct-2015): Above did not work for me today. So further researching led me to this post which resolved my issue: Work around for getting File Transfer Manager to download from TechNet/MSDN

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Word for Mac 2011 – Print Area Cut Off Issue & Solution


It’s high time I blog about this. Those who are on Mac and use MS Word for Mac, this is going to be real time saver.

Let me brief the issue first. Whenever I create a document with a header/footer and when I try to save this document as PDF, I use to get following message:

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If I continue with “Yes”, it will cut the footer off and give me an incomplete document.

As usual, googled this and got too many solutions/workarounds, but only one solution actually helped me. It’s a YouTube video uploaded by Matt Fuller:

Thanks Matt.

VAIDY

OFF-TOPIC: Create a Reminder From Mac OS X Mail.app Emails


I have been looking for a solution/workaround to get this functionality on my Mac’s Mail.app. The issue is that Apple’s Mail.app do not have the simple yet handy feature of creating a reminder out of an email, like how Outlook does.

But I did not want to get out of Apple’s ecosystem, that comprises of Mail, Reminders and iCal. This is basically a great combination.

Searching for a solution, I stumbled upon this article by Michael Kummer; How to create a Reminder from an E-Mail.

I am not that good at Apple Script. But this one is brilliant and does what I need precisely. Till apple adds this functionality out-of-box, this script will do.

As a side-note, check out his blog for more informative and interesting posts. His bio: Michael Kummer.

Thanks Michael for this detailed post.

VAIDY