Thursday, December 23, 2010

Activating Office 2010 Trial (Converting to Licensed Version)


I was facing an issue of activating the Office 2010 Trail which we have got through the Virtual machine for SharePoint from Microsoft. When I’m access any of the office applications it is telling me to activate the Office. While activating the same, I’m receiving ‘Communication error’ occurred message.

Other option I have is to activate over Telephone. But this may also required Internet access.

Interestingly, Internet is working fine while accessing from browser.

So, I searched over Internet and found the solution is as below.


  1. Click File
  2. Click Help
  3. Change the Product Key
  4. Click Continue
  5. Click Finish


  1. Select activate via Phone from the Activation pop-up.
  2. Select country from the list and call the Microsoft call centre
  3. Provide the installation Id.
  4. Customer care executive would provide the confirm Id for A,B,C,D,E,F,G & H.
  5. Successful message would be displayed.

Have a good time…!!

Gangadhar Kotu

How to change the URL of the SharePoint Site

We have been thinking whether the URL of the SharePoint Site can be changeable or need to create a new web application and restore the content database on to the new web application.

You may not needed to stay hours to have the strategies planned for. We have a simple way for performing the same in SharePoint 2010. Hope this would also works for SharePoint 2007.

Objective here is to change the current site URL to

To achieve this, we need to perform three tasks, which has been listed below.

  1. Change Alternative Access mappings
    1. Go to Central administration.
    2. Click ‘Configure Alternative Access mappings’ under Application Management
    3. Select the web application which you wish to change the URL.
    4. Change the URL to
    5. Click OK

  2. Change in IIS
    1. Go to Web site.
    2. Open up the bindings of the site (in IIS 7), change the host header details in case you are using IIS 6.0.
    3. Change the header name to
    4. Click OK
    5. Recycle the app pool which is being used by this site.

  3. Change in DNS entries
    1. Open the DNS manager in the Domain server.
    2. Create a new DNS entry to point to
    3. Click Save.

By now, you are done with all the changes. Now you can go for IIS reset on the web server. This would refresh the cache in the web server and new URL is ready to access.

Try accessing and it starts working fine.

Other things to be considered:-

  1. Ensure to change any hard coded URLs in the site (especially in the navigation)
  2. Ensure to change any URLs pointed to old URL in the content query webparts or content editor webparts. Instead if you have used relative URLs in the site, no need to change anything.

After this, ensure to browse all the areas of the site to check for any broken links are there. If not there, you can have a happy hours.

This has been working without any hassles and you can understand that how easy it is. :)

Regards Gangadhar Kotu