random thoughts and discussions on the things that interest me

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If you are trying to use the ASP.NET website administration tool and are getting a web page stating “An error was encountered. Please return to the previous page and try again.” it is possible that you have the same error as me (see below). Another symptom is clicking on the “How do I use this tool?” link and being presented with a message stating “Tool Has Timed Out”.


It would appear that Microsoft, in its wisdom, has developed a tool that cannot handle the path of the web application it is designed to administer containing non-standard characters. Or spaces. To fix, simply copy your solution to a path that doesn’t contain any non-standard characters. Or spaces.

eg. Changing C:\Will (Not.) Work\see.sln to C:\WillWork\see.sln

It’s an easy fix to a problem most likely created by a tool both from, and within, Microsoft.

Telephones and 24 (the TV series)

Having watched 24 (the TV series), I have always wanted a Cisco phone that would ring with the same ringtone as used by CTU. To get the ringtone onto the phones I needed to enable the TFTP server on the router and edit the ringlist.xml file as so:

        <DisplayName>CTU 24</DisplayName>

Having tried to follow the Cisco guidelines to create the ringtone myself (unsuccessfully – it kept skipping and not repeating itself correctly), I stumbled upon a site that allowed me to download a ringtone that worked. When I copied the ringtone to my router and reset the phones then I was in business.

Below are some images of my Cisco 7912G phone hooked up to Unified CallManager Express running on my Cisco 2801 router.


Logged on to Cisco Unified CallManager Express, power suppiled via PoE.


Selection of the CTU 24 ringtone from the settings menu.

My Server Room

Below are some images of my server room. It’s located as far away from earshot as possible which isn’t easy considering it’s in a small flat!


Well, here’s my server cabinet. You can see I’ve still got 6U free, so that should leave space for UPS, NAS, and a few more servers!


Here’s an up close image of my Cisco 2801 router and my Linksys SWR2024W switch. You can also see a bit of my 48-port patch panel.


Here is my messy wiring. About 40 of the ports are patched to outlets but you can see I currently have hardly any of them connected. I’m waiting on patch cables as I have a very low success rate when crimping my own.