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 PBMS and/or PB Server -Very long startup time / Slow startup 
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Joined: 11 Feb 2008 08:34
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Question :
ProfitBase Management Studio 2009 takes very long time to start. Why ?
Or
The ProfitBase Server doesnt start. The Service times out before it can start. Why ?

Answer :
Very slow start-up times can be can in some cases be a problem with all .NET based applications and the potential cause of the problem is not immediately obvious.

One issue that can cause this problem is if the computer running PBMS does not have access to the internet. If this is the case then the .NET framework can't access the crl.microsoft.com website to verify that the digital signatures used to sign the binaries for managed applications are valid. Each certificate check has a 15 second timeout in the .NET run time implementation. Depending on what features are installed, this can add up to a minute of startup time for the application.

The following blog post discusses this issue that Microsoft also had with their SQL Server Management Studio 2005 application.
Read it here.


There are a few workarounds that can be implemented:

1) Configure a proxy server to allow access to http://crl.microsoft.com from your server.
HowTo : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/135982

2) Configure your firewall to return a failure status quickly when it blocks access to the http://crl.microsoft.com website

3) Disable checks for certificate revocation. You can do this using Internet Explorer by opening the Internet Options dialog, going to theAdvanced Page, and then un-checking the "Check for publisher's certificate revocation" check box. There are fraudulently signed binaries in the wild that can make virus-infected applications look like they were published by Microsoft. Disabling this check should probably not be done on machines with internet access.

4) Add the following line to your "hosts" file (normally located under your windows installation folder ... /Windows/system32/drivers/etc

127.0.0.1 crl.microsoft.com


Microsoft has issued a support article regarding their own problem with SQL Server Management Studio 2005.
It can be found here.


15 Sep 2008 12:58
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