Monthly Archives: January 2013

WIndows 8, VPN, Error 942

Windows 8 VPN error 942 « Codes from the field.

if You are having problem with Windows 8 and VPN, this may be the issue. The security protocol is not set at all!

Data Analytics

Changing Times for Data Professionals.

A good, short post on Data Analytics, and why we need to be paying more attention to them. In the end this is an invitation to the conference, but the post applies to all of us that work with data.

This was a weird issue that a coworker had that I thought I would re-post so others (and I) could find it easily when it comes up again. We were adding a report via the report wizard. Visual Studio (apparently) attempts to load the data sources you may have sitting in your Bin folder. If it cannot load one of those (for some reason), it will fail to bring up the report wizard (where you may be creating a new data source anyway).


The solution feels a lot like a hack (but this is Microsoft, right – comes with the territory).

Rename your Bin folder, then run your wizard, then rename it back.

Just wow.

I got this solution from here.

Connecting from Windows 8 to a Windows 7 share

This was driving me crazy. I would try several things that didn’t work, and after checking firewall stuff, and many other things — no luck.

Finally I stumbled on this info at :

On the Win 8 box navigate to the following:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings

Select ‘Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers’.

Then I logged into the PC at the computer name level and said save credentials. Ahh – I can finally update subversion from this laptop again!

Thanks SledgeNZ!


This broke again a week later. I found that somehow windows 7 had its firewall on at the same time. If you are running Norton 360, apparently in some cases, Windows will keep or turn back on its firewall. You should make sure that at your firewall settings:


after selecting “Advanced Settings”:

WindowsFirewallAdvancedSettingsThat the firewall is turned off like shown above.

Disclaimer: Don’t mess with your firewall settings unless you are confident that you know what you are doing as you can lose data, and have your computer infested with viruses!

I am doing this based on input from Norton and have their firewall installed and active, thus a second firewall is both redundant, and can cause problems where you can’t connect when you should be able to.

The pertinent link is: