Balsamiq Mockups 3: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve posted about a number of useful applications in the past (a href=’https://www.azurecurve.co.uk/2019/04/installing-filezilla-client-series-index/’>FileZilla, Windows 10 Calculator Replacement and Notepad++ as examples) and will post more in future. The subject of this small series, is Balsamiq Mockups.

Over the next few posts, I’ll take a look at what it is and how to install and use it.

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Force AnyConnect to remember profiles

Cisco AnyConnectI have quite a number of client systems I need to connect to using VPNs. While there is a large number of VPNs available, it is inevitable that I would have some used by more than one client. One such as Cisco AnyConnect.

By default AnyConnect will remember only the last VPN to which you connected, but it is possible to force it to remember multiple connections by adding a Profile.xml to the profiles folder located in C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\Profile.

The xml file can contain a HostName and HostAddress (prior versions supported a User) which means I don’t have to look up the URL or IP address of a connection everytime I want to connect.

The XML file should contain the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<AnyConnectProfile xmlns="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/">
<ServerList>
     <HostEntry>
          <HostName>Connection 1</HostName>
          <HostAddress>162.168.1.125</HostAddress>
     </HostEntry>
</ServerList>
<ServerList>
     <HostEntry>
          <HostName>Connection 2</HostName>
          <HostAddress>192.168.1.152</HostAddress>
     </HostEntry>
</ServerList>
</AnyConnectProfile>

With the connection information saved into the xml file, you’ll be able to access them through a drop down list in AnyConnect.

The information above is based on this post by Pandiyan Murugan; I’m reposting so that I can find it easily.

hMailServer: Connect Outlook 2019 Professional

Microsoft Dynamics GPWay back in 2015 I did a series on using hMailServer in virtual machine demo environments as a lighter alternative to Exchange. The last post in that series was on connecting Outlook to hMailServer. I am still using hMailServer, but the new version of Outlook, 2019, has changed the process of connecting.

In this post, I’m going to run through connecting Outlook 2019 Professional to hMailServer.

When you start Outlook for the first time, the following dialog will be displayed in which you enter the email address which you will have already configured in hMailServer. Mark the Let me set up my account manually and click Connect:

Outlook - connect new account

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

I am using a large capacity micro-SD card for install the new OS and it is recommended to use the SD Memory Card Formatter from the SD Association.

You can download the tool from here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the blue For Windows button.

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Install New Theme In Notepad++

Notepad++I did a post a little while ago on changing the theme in Notepad++, which was brought about by preferring to use dark themes in a lot of apps (such as Outlook.com and here on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant). With Notepad++ I’ve found that I don’t actually like any of the default dark themes so took a look round to see if I could add a new one.

Fortunately, it is possible and there are a number of themes people have created which can be downloaded and used. In this post, I’m going to show how to install and use a new theme.

The theme I have decided to try is Dracula:

Dracula: A dark theme for Notepad++ and 50+ apps

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Tool To Make A Bootable Windows USB Drive

WindowsBack in 2013, I posted an article on making a bootable Windows 8 USB drive; while this post is still relevant, the download link to the tool is no longer valid, due to Microsoft closing CodePlex.

The tool is still available; it can be downloaded directly from Microsoft here.

Installing FileZilla Client: Conclusion

FileZilla - The free FTP solutionThis post is part of the Installing FileZilla Client series. FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Client binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS; server binaries are available for Windows only. This series is taking a look only at the Windows FileZilla client.

The main thing I don’t like about FileZilla is not being able to hide the local folder structure. However, my objection to a lot of other FTP clients is that they insist on enumerating through all folders and files before even starting to upload any files; FileZilla will upload files and folders even while it is enumerating through the folders. This means that overall it is a lot faster uploading files than the other FTP clients.

The installation of FileZilla includes too many other pieces of software, which changes through time, for my taste. The version I installed in this series included two browsers; Brave and Opera. Even this isn’t enough to divert me to other FTP clients which will trouble me far more in day-to-day usage.

Installing FileZilla Client: Stop Upload of GitHub Files

FileZilla - The free FTP solutionThis post is part of the Installing FileZilla Client series. FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Client binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS; server binaries are available for Windows only. This series is taking a look only at the Windows FileZilla client.

With my transition from developing plugins for Wordpress to developing them for ClassicPress I have started to use GitHub (on which I will soon be writing a series). One problem I’ve noticed is that when uploading folders which are GitHub repositories, the GitHub files and folders are also uploaded.

However, this does not need to be the case. To prevent GitHub repository files and folders being uploaded, you can change a setting in FileZilla. To do this, click the View menu and select Directory listing filters:

FileZilla View menu

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Installing FileZilla Client: First Run

FileZilla - The free FTP solutionThis post is part of the Installing FileZilla Client series. FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Client binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS; server binaries are available for Windows only. This series is taking a look only at the Windows FileZilla client.

With the FileZilla client installed it is now available to use; to launch FileZilla, click the icon on the Windows start menu. On first run, the Welcome to FileZilla dialog will be displayed. Click Ok to dismiss the dialog:

Welcome to FileZilla

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Installing FileZilla Client: Installation

FileZilla - The free FTP solutionThis post is part of the Installing FileZilla Client series. FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Client binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS; server binaries are available for Windows only. This series is taking a look only at the Windows FileZilla client.

With the FileZilla client downloaded, the next step is to install it. Run the downloaded executable:

Windows Explorer showing the downloaded file

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