Monthly Archives: December 2011

Allowing Windows 7 and Office 2010 to Activate through Webmarshal

If you use M86 Security’s WebMarshal as a proxy on your network, then you might have noticed that you are unable to activate any new Microsoft products (Windows 7 or Office 2010) over the internet. Microsoft’s first method is to use the phone to activate…Fair enough, but if you ever need to roll out any more than 2 products this option would get rather annoying…

You’ll just need to add some Microsoft sites to the WebMarshal Content Filter Bypass list to allow activation over the internet.

1) Go to the WebMarshal Console-> Tools -> Proxy Server Wizard…

2) Click through the wizard till you get to Proxy Content Filter Bypass (Advanced)

3) Add the following entries:

4) Click through the rest of the wizard and finish.

5) Commit changes and test activations.

Be amazed that you didn’t have to chat to Microsoft Susie…or whatever her name is…


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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Webmarshal, Windows 7


An unexpected HTTP error occurred during the api request – WordPress 3.2.1

I was pulling my hair out for a few days trying to resolve this error. A lot of web sites stated that I had to change the http.php timeout value and that would fix the problem – but it didn’t.

Then a thought came to me (yep, I have them once and a while), why not upgrade my PHP version to the latest version. I have version 5.2.something. After I upgraded to PHP version 5.3.8 all my API problems disappeared.


Posted by on December 6, 2011 in PHP, Wordpress


MMC could not create the snap-in for Server Management on Windows Server 2008

I had a weird problem after running Windows updates on a Windows Server 2008 machine. The Server Manager would not start and it displayed a weird MMC error. I couldn’t even add the MMC snap-in manually. But I found a solution.

1. Navigate to the following directory:


2. Copy the ‘machine.config’ file to desktop just in case before you go to 3rd step.

3. Rename machine.config to machine.config.old which is locating in the directory above.

That’s it, nothing else is needed. Try running Server Manager now and all will be good again in your world!

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Server 2008