Fritz!Box manual firmware upgrade

August 24th, 2014
by Kristof

Today, I wanted to use my old 7390 Fritzbox as a repeater, because wireless reception on the second floor of my house was worthless. I tried to updte the firmware, but I couldn't get to the "update from file" tab. Finally, after much tinkering, I found that you need to adjust the view.

In old firmwares, you can get to the expert view by clicking "expert mode" at the top of the "overview" page. In more recent firmwares, you can get there by clicking the "View: Standard" link at the bottom of the overview page.

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The type of the value being assigned to variable differs from the current variable type.

August 12th, 2014
by Kristof

This post addresses the following error message.

The type of the value being assigned to variable differs from the current variable type. Variables may not change type during execution. Variable types are strict, except for variables of type Object.

In my case, the error was because I tried to assign a varchar(max) to a string type variable in SSIS. It turns out that varchar(max) is not assignable to a string type object. The best option is to forcefully convert the value to a varchar(8000) or nvarchar(4000) before assigning it.

I previously stated that a string variable in SSIS can only contain 4000 characters, but that is not correct. A string in SSIS has an unlimited length, but the maximum length of an evaluated expression is 4000 characters, so concatenating over 4000 characters using an expression will result in an error. However, when assigning a value to a string from a resultset, the length is actually unlimited and you can assign over 4000 characters to a string using this method. This also means that you can work around the SSIS expression limitation by using a SQL box to concatenate two strings using a select ? + ?, for example.

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How to differentiate in SSIS between design and execution mode

July 29th, 2014
by Kristof

Sometimes it is necessary to differentiate between design and execution mode. For example when you dynamically generate tables in your SSIS package. By making your package aware of the differences between design and execution mode, you can use existing tables during design mode but switch to the dynamically generated tables during execution mode. All you need to do is set the source for your table to a variable, and add the following expression to that variable.

@[System::CancelEvent] == 0 ? "Design mode" : "Execution mode"

The key is the System variable CancelEvent. This will be 0 when you are running in design mode, but will contain an integer during execution.

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BUG: Dynamically altering Connection String for File Connection used in Execute Package Task.

August 26th, 2013
by Kristof

I designed the following setup.

[script task] -> [[for each loop container] [execute package task]]

The script task parses a variable and creates an array containing a list of packages to be executed.
The For Each Loop Container parses the array and assigns each item to a variable named @PackagePath.
The File Connection for the Execute Package Task refers to @PackagePath in the expression for its Connection String.

Expected behaviour
Expected behaviour would be for the EPT to open each package according to the value in @PackagePath.

Actual behaviour
Every first succesful iteration of the EPT will open whatever package the File Connection is initially configured with. The second iteration will open the package that was configured in the previous loop. The third iteration will open the package from the second loop et cetera.

The contents of the @PackagePath variable are correct. The connection however isn't updated until the FELC has finished processing the current loop.

Changing the FELC to list the packages in a certain folder and then open each package in that folder works perfectly, but fetching the items from an array will produce the behaviour as described above.

There is no actual solution for this, although I have a crude but effective workaround.

The workaround is to have a script file to set the connection string for the File Connection. It's crude, but it works.

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SQL Server Management Studio shows result tab that does not match the query

April 22nd, 2013
by Kristof

I couldn't figure out why my SQL Server Management Studio (SMSS) would show results that would not match the query underneath. They all looked like results for sp_who and sp_lock, system stored procedures that can be used for fetching information from SQL Server.

It turns out that, by default, ctrl-1 and ctrl-2 are assigned to run sp_who and sp_lock. Since the shortcuts for switching between PC's on my KVM switch are set to ctr-alt-1 and ctrl-alt-2, I would regularly get this issue without really understanding what was going on.

If you want to get rid of this, simply go to Tools, Options, Keyboard and clear the text for the keys that you accidentally press once in a while.

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