SQL 2008 – Windows Server 2012 Installation Issue


When I was trying to install SQL 2008 on Windows Server 2012, I ran into this error.

Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created

This error seems to have many fixes. But this was the only one that seemed to work for me.

After these steps, continue with your installation.

Feel free to let me know if this works.

IIS Config Backup With Robocopy

Recently I have been brainstorming about having an automated way of backing up IIS configs to a shared folder. Just imagine having your web servers going down and having to re-add all the website settings and bindings for hundreds of websites. I know for a fact that I would need a few strong drinks.

Let’s just have a cocktail and make a PowerShell script to do it for you instead.

I will post the script below. But for now, let’s break it down.

First we need to set the day of the week if you are going to be making daily backups.

Now we need to set the variables for the folders.

Let’s set the variables for email.

Now we need to define the actual backup of the IIS Configs.

Move it over to your share.

IIS doesn’t allow multiple names or even overwriting the configs. Understandable since you may need a weeks worth of backups. But we need to delete the old logs.

Now is the real helpful part. Since you don’t want to check the servers everyday to see if the backups were successful, you will need an email.

That’s the script. It’s pretty simple and straight to the point. Any system running Windows 10 or later or any Windows Server OS will allow this script to be run.

It’s best to run this script with task scheduler. Task scheduler will even keep a nice history list if it fails or not.

Below is all the code combined and allows you to save and run.

Amazon Prime Air: 30 Minutes or Less


Amazon has some new potential delivery options with Amazon Prime Air. In the future Amazon is hoping that you will be able to get your packages that are under 55lbs in 30 minutes or less. No more waiting one or two days with your existing prime subscription. While Amazon already offers a similar service in select markets, this will be the first under one hour delivery. Although the drone is currently facing tons of red tape from the FAA, we should hope to see the drones soon.

Recently the NFL was cleared to use drones for its practices, maybe we will see them at a live game in the near future. This is a great leap forward for Amazon and any others interested in using drones.

Check out the video below with a real drone in action.

Four Major Retailers Have Disabled NFC Payments


Most merchants have disabled the ability to use NFC in response to Apple’s new Apple Pay. Not only are they not allowing Apple Pay, they are completely disabling or tweaking their NFC card readers to disallow NFC payments. Along with that, it will disable cards that have NFC chips enabled in them.

Here’s a list of places that already disabled NFC payments:

  • Walmart
  • Kmart (They are trying to go out of business)
  • 7-Eleven
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Rite Aid

There is a reason they are disabling this. The retailers through a joint venture have decided to build their own mobile payment app. This one does not use NFC however, it uses QR codes. Really? Their app is called CurrentC, but there is one large problem. No bank is backing this app. Payments will be processed via your bank account and routing number. Very secure right?

Now lets list all the currently confirmed CurrentC partners:

  • Walmart
  • Gap
  • Old Navy
  • 7-Eleven
  • Kohls
  • Lowes
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Sams Club
  • Sears
  • Kmart
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Banana Republic
  • Stop & Shop
  • Wendys

That’s a lot of places. But why QR codes? Why not just use the NFC readers they already spent a ton of money rolling out company wide?

Starbucks Finally Updates App to Support QHD Devices


It’s a long time coming, but Starbucks has finally updated their app to support QHD devices. With millions of QHD screens on the market, It would only make sense to finally address them. Praise from LG G3 and Samsung Note 4 owners rang out on the web the other night when they began to receive the update. This is the main reason it has kept me from going to Starbucks.

Along side that, Starbucks added a small list of features that many goers have asked for in the previous months.

New Features Include:

  • Digital Tipping
  • Shake to Pay
  • Fresh UI