Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tech Notes-Changing IIS IUSR And IWAM Accounts After Server Rename

Recently I found a server which was renamed.There were two IUSR and IWAM accounts.One with the new name and one with the old one.Read on to see what you can do to get rid of old accounts and use only the new ones.
Ones you rename the machine and reboot it, you might still find the old IUSR and IWAM accounts .Now even if you delete these accounts, it will get recreated as soon as you restart IIS.Follow the below steps to get rid of the old accounts

(1) Open C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\Metabase.xml in Notepad
(2) Search for AnonymousUserName and change the value to IUSR_NEW (or any name you like) for all instance
(3) Search for WAMUserName and change the value to IWAM_NEW (or any name you like) for all instances
(4) Save Metabase.xml
(5) Start –> Run –> Services.msc –> Right click on IIS Admin Service and choose to restart.
(6)Delete the old accounts from Local Users and Groups

Now configure anonymous access with the new account in each Virtual Directory that you have created.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Calling Phones From Gmail

Rumors have been buzzing about since June, but Google just made it official -- the company's baking Google Voice calls right into Gmail today. Like the Google Chat text, voice and video chat integrated into the web-based email client in prior years, full phone calls will also be an option using VoIP technology from the Gizmo5 aquisition.The new facility makes it possible to call phones from the mail interface itself.Call to US and Canada is free at least for the time being. For other countries they are following the google voice rates.

Incoming calls pop up as a chat window in Gmail (and ring your Google Voice-equipped phones simultaneously) and you press a "Call phone" button that appears near the top of the Chat window to send an outbound call, at which point a dialer appears where you can copy and paste numbers or tap them in manually. Users can screen incoming calls or send them to voicemail with a single tap.

I just tested calls from Google,Skype and Yahoo messenger. Felt like google is better...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

India Pay Payment Processing Platform To Compete With VISA & MasterCard

An Indian payment processing platform named Indiapay is emerging to compete with global giants VISA and MasterCard.This system will be fully functional in two years and is being developed by National Payment Corporation Of India and has support from Reserve Bank Of India.

Leading banks like State Bank Of India,ICICI Bank,Punjab National Bank,HDFC Bank,Citi Bank ,HSBC are major promoters of Indiapay. Launch of Indiapay will launch fresh battle for supremacy in growing Indian credit market with clear advantage at this point for banks going with Indiapay because of low transaction rates.

Number of people using cards for transaction is increasing day by day and the number of plastic cards now amount to 4 crore with majority of them using VISA and MasterCard as platform. Each time we use these cards for transactions, bank has to pay processing fee to VISA/MasterCard and this amounts to crores. As such Indian banking system is expected to embrace Indiapay platform whole heatedly.