Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Running Navision 3.7 Client in Windows 7

It took a bit of work, but I am now successfully running Navision client 3.7 in a Windows 7 computer. This is great news for any business, like mine, where we could not afford to upgrade to Navision 4.0 in order to be compatible with Vista, and now with Windows 7.
So, how was it done.
First, go get yourself the Windows 7 Release Candidate (free till June 2010)
Then, read this tutorial:

It tells you how to get Windows XP Virtual machine running on Windows 7. Follow the steps in the tutorial. Once XP finally launches, go in to user setup and create an account for the user that will be using the machine. You will also need to join your local domain as well as set up printers (or reports will not work in navision, even in preview mode). Once done, reboot your machine.
Next, when windows 7 loads up again, go into the VM properties, and delete the default account "User" this will then prompt you for a username and password the next time you launch the VM client.
Once it is working properly and you can run Navision inside the VM client, simply copy the shortcut from the XP machine (to Navision) and jump back over to your windows 7 desktop and cut and paste. From this point on, you can run Navision 3.7 as a virtualized application directly from Windows 7.

If you need more detailed instructions, just let me know.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Restarting MySql in FreeBSD Unix

How to start mysql in free bsd unix.

Okay, for you unix geeks out there, this is elementary information and "no duh" but for other people that are new to it, I figured I would post this tutorial.

I recently ran into a problem with my unix box running out of disk space and causing mysql to crash. The symptoms were basically that I could no longer hold sessions or log-in to my hosted website that we built. However, queries of the mysql server from php webpages were still working.

Anyhow, I cleaned up some disk space and rebooted the box, and now mysql was completely shut down, I could not get my php webpages to load. I looked into the system and ran the 'top' command in unix and noticed that mysqld was not started on the box.

So, I was trying to find out how to restart mysql in bsd and could not find a simple command anywhere.

This is what worked for me ultimately:

Go to the directory that stores mysql, for me, it meant navigating to
then simply type: mysqld_safe

That should start up mysqld

Note: when I was trying to start it without the _safe portion tacked to it, like "start mysql" I would get a socket error telling, so the mysqld_safe is the way to go.