System Error 126 for ODBC configuration

April 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm (Tech - Others)

In a Windows XP machine, when you are trying to configure DSN using ODBC, you might the following error.

The setup routines for SQL Server ODBC driver could not be loaded due to system error code 126.


The ODBC driver name can change depending upon the driver, which you are trying to configure. To resolve this issue, open registry and goto Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\ODBC\ODBCINST.INI\SQL Server


In the above case, click on SQL Server folder inside ODBCINST.INI. The folder can vary depending on the driver which you are trying to configure.


Change Driver and Setup path to have system32 rather than system in its value.


Now you should be able to configure your DSN successfully.


Note: Take a backup of the registry key before making any changes.



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Rich Internet Applications – An overview

January 23, 2008 at 8:52 am (Tech - Others) ()

A consolidation of interesting things available about RIA on net. Click here to have a look at the document. RIA.

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Superstar back in action

January 2, 2008 at 9:43 am (Uncategorized) ()

Shankar signs on Rajnikanth for Robot          

The story of Shankar & SRK Duo is gone. The Boss of the Box-Office will soon be back. Months after Sivaji The Boss set the cash registers ringing worldwide, Tamil superstar Rajnikanth is teaming up with the out-of-the-box director Shankar again. 

   supestar_5_800-6001.jpg      s2.jpg     rajiniunlimited-750855.jpg     

If top industry sources are to be believed, Shankar will work with Rajnikanth in Robot, which was planned to be shot with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead and as producer. But the project apparently did not work out owing to ‘creative differences’, with Shah Rukh himself confirming the separation. Later, it was reported that Shankar approached Aamir Khan for the role.

Though the film’s thread is not confirmed, the name ‘Robot’ and widely-speculated media reports suggest the story is about a maverick scientist who creates a robot and later runs into trouble with his pet creation.

When the movie does hit the screen, Shankar, known for his expertise in state-of-the-art film-making technique, could thrill filmgoers, especially Rajnikanth fans wordwide. Film buffs and Rajnikanth fans say if the duo team up again, it could be “explosive”.

Sources say a top production house in Mumbai will produce the film, in what could be the most expensive film ever made in India. If Sivaji was shot for a whopping Rs 80 crore (Rs 800 million), the new film is expected to cost more than Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion).

According to sources, Shankar has held discussions with the Mumbai production house, which has shown a keen interest in the film with Rajnikanth, the highest-paid actor in the country.

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Features of Exchange Server 2007 SP1

December 21, 2007 at 4:31 am (Exchange) ()

Let me bring out some of the interesting features included in Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

New Deployment Options
You can install Exchange 2007 SP1 on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2008 operating system. If Exchange 2007 SP1 is deployed on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, you can enter IP addresses and IP address ranges in the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) format, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) format, or both formats. A default installation of Windows Server 2008 enables support for IPv4 and IPv6. If Exchange 2007 SP1 is deployed in this configuration, all server roles can send data to and receive data from devices, servers, and clients that use IPv6 addresses.

Client Access Server Role Improvements
The Client Access server role includes enhancements for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Microsoft Outlook Web Access. There is a new administration management interface for managing Post Office Protocol Version 3 (POP3) and Internet Message Access Protocol version 4 revision 1 (IMAP4). There are also several changes that affect the setup and configuration of proxying and redirection.

Improvements in Transport
Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following improvements to core transport functionality:

  • Back pressure algorithm improvements
  • The addition of transport configuration options to the Exchange Management Console
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following enhancements to message processing and routing functionality on the Hub Transport server role:
    • Priority queuing
    • Message size limits on Active Directory site links
    • Message size limits on routing group connectors
    • The addition of Send connector configuration options to the Exchange Management Console
    • The addition of the Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) agent
    • X.400 authoritative domains
    • Transport rules are now able to act on Unified Messaging messages

Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following enhancements to the Edge Transport server role:

  • Improvements to the following EdgeSync cmdlets:
    • Start-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet
    • Test-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet
  • Improvements to the cloned configuration scripts

Mailbox Server Role Improvements
Exchange 2007 SP1 introduces several new features for the Mailbox server role including the following:

  • Public folder management by using the Exchange Management Console
  • New public folder features
  • Mailbox management improvements
  • Ability to import and export mailbox by using .pst files
  • New performance monitor counters for online database defragmentation

More details… at a later time.

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A Note on Simple File Sharing

December 20, 2007 at 4:04 am (OS) ()

In Windows XP Professional, which is part of a workgroup, “Simple File Sharing UI” is enabled by default. This is a type of network access model where all attempts to log onto the computer from across the network are forced to use the Guest account. This is done to prevent them from using a local Administrator account that was not configured with a password. If Simple File Sharing is enabled and the system is connected to Internet and do not have a secure firewall, your files contained within those shares are available to anybody. 

Also, when Simple File Sharing is turned on, connections to administrative shares (such as C$) do not work because all remote users authenticate as Guest.

Once we disable simple file sharing, Classic NT security model comes into place. In this model, we have more control over the permissions to individual users. All Windows XP machines has simple file sharing UI enabled along with enabled Guest account. This is the default configuration after the installation of Windows XP Professional, which is part of a Workgroup. So as soon as we turn on File sharing using Network Setup Wizard, we can see the shares across the network without authentication. This is because we are authenticated as Guest account while accessing the share. After disabling Simple File sharing, when we access it through the network, it would prompt for a username and password as it does for the server. This is because the system currently is using NT security model.

Also, it is better to disable the Guest account on workstation. The guest account acts as a huge hacker hole over Internet.


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Live it UP!!!

December 13, 2007 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized) ()

Let’s take a quick look at Top 10 world’s tallest luxury hotels.

rose-tower.jpg  Rose Tower, Dubai – 1093 feet. This is the latest one added to Top 10 List, finished in November, 2007.

burj-al-arab-dubai-luxury-hotel.jpg  Burj Al Arab, Dubai – 1053 feet

grand-hyatt-shanghai-china.jpg  Grand Hyatt Shanghai, China – 555 rooms

jumeirah-emirates-towers-dubai.jpg  Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai – 1014 feet

ritz-carlton-jakarta-luxury-hotel.jpg  Ritz – Carlton Jakarta – 696 feet

four-seasons-hotel-new-york.jpg  Four Seasons Hotel, New York – 682 feet

four-seasons-hotel-hong-kong-luxury-hotel.jpg  Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong – 673 feet

waldorf-astoria-new-york-luxury-hotel.jpg  Waldorf – Astoria Towers, New York – 625 feet

wynn-las-vegas-luxury-hotel.jpg  Wynn, Las Vegas – 614 feet

w-times-square.jpg  W Times Square, New York City – 583 feet

four-seasons-hotel-shanghai.jpg  Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai – 564 feet

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The stage is set ! Audience invited !!!

December 13, 2007 at 9:33 am (Uncategorized)


Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther.

Na krodho na cha maathsaryam na lobho naas(h)ubhaa mathih
Bhavanthi kr(u)tha punyaanaam bhakthaanaam purushoththamae

ந க்ரோதோ ந ச மாத்ஸர்யம் ந லோபோ(4) நாசு(H)பா(4)மதி:
வந்தி க்ருத புண்யாநாம் பக்தாநாம் புருக்ஷோத்தமே

Courtesy: Vishnu Sahasranamam-Sloka to get rid of anger, competitive spirit, greed and bad thoughts.

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