Archive for September, 2006

Accelerated Reader and other Renaiassance Learning programs as a restricted user.

Yep, yet another annoying program that demands admin rights.  Here’s how to get around it…..

Accelerated Grammar & Spelling, Accelerated Math 2.1 and above, Accelerated Reader 6.3x, AR BookGuide, Accelerated Vocabulary, Accelerated Writer, MathFacts in a Flash, STAR Early Literacy 1.5, STAR Math 2.1x, and STAR Reading 2.4x use the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Renaissance Learning folder to store their preference files. You must give access to this Renaissance Learning folder, rather than individual files.  Grant the local Users group Modify rights to this whole folder.

Also, I usually grant the local Users group modify permissions to the folder the program installs in, but you may not need to do this depending on the version.

Lastley, if you are still having problems look for the following files (probably in the Windows or Winnt directory) and grant the Local Users group modify permission to the file.


 Specific Product files: 

Accelerated Reader 5.x and higher - ACCREADR.INI

Accelerated Math - ACCMATH.INI

AR BookGuide - AR_Bkgde.ini



STAR Early Literacy - EARLYLIT.INI

Perfect Copy - PRFCPY.INI

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HP System Management Homepage Time-out

Problem: You’ve installed the latest and greatest HP management agents from the support pack so you can take a peak at what’s going on with your server, but it don’t freakin’ work!   You’ve installed, re-installed and re-updated - all the usual stuff and still no joy.

Error Messages: A timeout occurred while loading data for the HP System Management Homepage

Resolution: It’s the SNMP settings dummy!  Make sure you actually set the read and write community strings after you install SNMP.  (You did install SNMP before installing the HP management agents didn’t you????)



Quickbooks as a Restricted (Non-Administrator) User

Yep, another annoying program that demands admin rights.  Here’s how to get around that…..

Registry permissions:

The Users group must be granted “Set Value” and “Create Subkey” on:

The Users group must be granted “Full Control” on:
File permissions:

The Users group must be granted “Modify” (write + delete) permissions on:
C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
Don’t forget, there may be a policy in place that prevents the installer from running as a normal user.  This will cause problems when applying patches or updates.  You can chose to change the installer behavior by having it run with elevated privileges.  Not neccissarily a great idea and a topic for some other time.


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WSUS Stops Synching after Update

Behavior: After applying the WSUS service pack, WSUS syncs headers but not the content. 

Error Messages:

Cause and Fix: The update apparently clears the password used to get through the proxy server.  Simply refill in the correct password on the sync setting page and apply it.  You should be good to go.  (Note this is only applicable when behind a proxy server that requires authentication)


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