Manually Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network Using Windows 7

When connecting to a wireless network, most wireless networks identify themselves by broadcasting their SSID.  In Windows 7, if your wireless adapter is turned on, your computer will provide you with a list of the networks it has detected.  While not common, you may need to occasionally connect to a wireless network that does not broadcast its SSID, thereby masking its presence.  This quick tutorial provides instructions on how to create a manual connection to a wireless network that is not broadcasting its SSID.

From the Windows Start Button;
Select Control Panel, then open the Network and Sharing Center

From the Network and Sharing Center;
Select Manage wireless networks

From Manage wireless networks;
Select Add

Select Manually create a network profile

Enter information for the wireless network you want to add;
Network Name (SSID): PublicW7
Security type: WPA2-Personal
Encryption type: AES
Security Key (Shared Secret):  * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Connect even if the network is not broadcasting  should be checked
Select Next

A window should appear indicating the PublicW7 network was successfully added.
Select Close

PublicW7 should now be listed as an available wireless network

Click on the Network status icon, a list of the detected and manually created wireless networks should be listed.
If you do not see any networks, make sure your wireless adapter is powered on.
Select PublicW7

Select Connect

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Back-Up Sage Timberline 9.x Database

Open Sage Desktop
From the menu on the left side, expand Sage Timberline Office
Browse to: Common Tasks / Tools / File Tools

Double-Click File Tools
From the File Tools window, select Backup, then click Next

From the Backup Operation window, select Add Folder
From the Browse For Folder window, browse to the folder containing the company database
Highlight the folder, and select OK

The folder containing the database should now be listed in the Backup Operation window

Select Next

The Destination folder should contain previous backups
The Archive name  should  clearly identify the backup
The Append button allows the backup routine to automatically add an identifier to the file name, such as date and time stamps.

Under Comments, The default comment may be used, but additional info can be added

The Backup Operation will perform a Validation  routine before the backup can proceed.

Once the Validation is complete, select Next

You will have an option to browse the list of files to be backed up.  All files listed in the window will be backed up.

Select Next

From the Execution Summary window, select Next to perform the backup operation

The backup operation will proceed.
Upon completion , a status window will be displayed.

Select Finish

Preparing and Attaching an Elderberry Database System

The Elderry Database System requires Microsoft Access 2000 or Microsoft Access 2003 be installed on the workstation.

Initial File Preparation on a Host Server or Workstation
On the computer that will serve as the data host:

The database system is comprised of three files:
ElderberryVersionX.mdb – X represents the current version number
ElderberryData.mdb – Elderberry data file

Only one computer will contain the Elderberry data file, while more than one computer can be used to view or enter and edit data.

Create a folder called Elderberry Database on the host workstation or server.
If other workstations are going to require access to  the database, make sure the folder is shared or included in a network share path.

Copy the three files from the installation CD to the Elderberry Database folder.

Check the two .mdb files, make sure they are not marked as Read Only.

Installation on a Workstation
On the workstations that will access the database:

Create a folder called Elderberry Program in the root of Drive C.

Copy the files named ElderberryVersionX.mdb and MouseHook.dll from the installation CD or from the host server location to the Elderberry Program folder.

If necessary, change properties of the ElderberryVersionX.mdb file so that it is not Read Only.

Create a Desktop shortcut for the ElderberryVersionX.mdb. This shortcut will serve to open the database system.
Windows 7 – Put shortcut in the Users\Public\Desktop folder (requires elevation) for all users to see it.

Attach the database as shown below to attach the front and back ends of the database system.

Attach Database
On the workstations that will access the database:

The database system is comprised of two Microsoft Access files.

The ElderberryVersionX.mdb is the front end of the database system. It provides the user interface, such as the forms and buttons.
The ElderberryData.mdb is the back end of the database system. It contains all of the data entered by users of the program.

In order for the database system to function properly, the front end and back end must be attached.

Double-click on the ElderberryVersionX.mdb desktop shortcut

If prompted to block unsafe expressions, select No.

If you see a Security Warning asking Do you want to open this file, select Open

From the top-line menu within Access 2003, select Tools \ Macros \ Security

Select Low Security

Close Microsoft Access

Double-click on the ElderberryVersionX.mdb desktop shortcut

click Attach Database

From the Attach Database window, click BROWSE

Browse to the ElderberryData.mdb file on the host server or workstation.

Select the file and click Open

From the Attach Database window, click on ATTACH DATABASE.
It may not appear as though anything is happening, wait 10 to 20 seconds.

When you see the Attach Completed pop-up, select OK.

Close and reopen Elderberry.

You can now login to Elderberry

Setting up your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client to work with Gmail (IMAP)

If you have a need or preference to receive your Google mail (Gmail) within your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client, you can do so by performing the steps on this page.

The first step is to sign into your Gmail account and enable the IMAP option from your Web Browser.
Once you are logged into your Gmail account, click the gear icon in the upper-right of the page and select Mail settings from the drop-down list.
Once on the Settings page, click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Under IMAP Access Select Enable IMAP.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mail Settings page and click on Save Changes.

The next step is done from the Windows Control Panel
From Windows, open the Control Panel, and select Mail (32 bit)
Select Show Profiles…

Select Add…
A New Profile window will open.
Give the Profile a Name, such as Gmail, then click OK

Select Manually configure settings or additional server types, then click Next>

Select Internet Email, then click Next>

Under User Information, enter your display name and your Gmail E-mail Address.
Google Apps users should enter your full email address using your registered email domain, e.g. ‘’

Under Server Information enter the information as shown here:
Account Type: select IMAP
Incoming mail server:
Outgoing mail server:

Under Logon Information:
Your User Name is your Gmail Email address
Enter the Password you use to logon to your Gmail account

Click on More Settings…

Select the Advanced tab. Enter the information as shown here:
Incoming server (IMAP):  993
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select SSL.
 Outgoing server (SMTP): 587
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

The above ports are the default ports recommended by the Gmail website.  If you have problems sending or receiving email using one or both of these ports, you should go to your ISP’s website or contact them for information on recommended ports for email.

You can also try the Outlook default SMTP port.
Under the Advanced tab:
Outgoing server (SMTP): 25
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

Select the Outgoing Server tab.
Check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
Select the radio button Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
Click OK

If you have other mail profiles listed as shown here, select Prompt for a profile to be used.
Click OK

Your Outlook should now have a profile that is configured for use with Gmail

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for IMAP

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for POP

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Access Your Work PC From a Remote Location Using Remote Web Workplace

Important Notes:

  • These instructions were written for Small Business Server 2003 Remote Web Workplace
  • Remote Web Workplace requires Internet Explorer
  • Before you attempt to connect to your workstation, you will need to know the name of the workstation you are connecting to

Using Internet Explorer, go to the Small Business Server Remote Web Workplace Website.
If you are presented with the notice There is a problem with this website’s security certificate, select Continue to this website (not recommended).

From the Welcome to Windows Small Business Server 2003 page.
Select Remote Web Workplace.

If not presented with this welcome screen, proceed to the next step.

Enter your username and password and select Log On.

From the Main Menu, select Connect to Client Desktops.

Scroll thru the list of Computers and locate your workstation.
Highlight your workstation, then select Connect.

A Remote Desktop Connection window will pop up.
Select Connect.

You should now be presented with your work PC’s desktop and can logon and use your workstation PC.

Determine the Name of Your Windows 7 or Vista Computer

Enable and configure the Remote Web Workplace

Determine the Name of Your Windows 7 or Vista Computer

To determine the name of your PC.
Click on the Start Button, this will bring up the Start Menu.
From the Start Menu, right click on Computer, this will bring up a second context sensitive menu.
From the context sensitive menu, select Properties.

This brings up a window that allows you to View basic information about your computer.
In the bottom third of the window, look for Computer name, domain and workgroup settings section.
Computer name is the first entry in this section.

Unable to Enter Text Within the Body of an Email Using Outlook Web Access (OWA)

When accessing your email using Outlook Web Access on an Exchange 2003 mail server, you find you are unable to compose or reply to a message.  Instead of being able to place your cursor in the body of the email message, you see a square with a red “x” in the body of the message.

This problem can occur as a result of a security update applied to the Exchange 2003 Server.  The workstation attempting to access Outlook Webmail does not have the current security update applied.

To resolve this issue:
Connect to your Outlook Web Access (OWA)
From your OWA, click on the “options” in the left Task Pane.

In the right hand frame, under the ‘E-mail Security’ option, select ‘Download’ to install or upgrade the S/MIME Control. This will download the S/MIME add-on.

A ‘Security Warning’ window should pop-up asking  ‘Do you want to run or save this file? Select ‘Run’.
Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

After installing the security update you may be presented with the notification: ‘This website wants to run the following add-on: Microsoft (R) Dynamic HTML Editing Control’.
Right click on the notification and select ‘Run Add-on’ to activate the control

The Red X should be gone and you should now be able to compose an email.

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