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Message Tracking with Powershell

With the Exchange Management Shell you should be able to run the below command to perform message tracking with Powershell and obtain a list in .csv format which will show you any email that match your search criteria. The message tracking logs on the hub transport servers retain the information for 30 days, therefore you can only track emails that were sent or received within that timeframe Use the below as a template copying all of the bold text below only changing the specific items highlighted below depending on the scope of your request get-exchangeserver | where-object -filter {$.isHubTransportServer} | Get-Messagetrackinglog -Recipient

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Enable Send As in Active Directory

How to Grant Send As access to a user This is a quick guide to grant Send As permission to a user on a distribution list, this is so that receiver would see that the reply address is that of the ”distribution list” and not the user who sent the mail. If the recipient would then reply, the distribution list would recieve the reply. Start ”Active directory users and computers, and search for the Group that you want to grant ”send as” rights for a user. Right Click on the Selected group and click Properties Click on the security tab. Click ‘Add’ then type the User’s name you want to grant se

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Run command as administrator

Run command or Install a program as administrator One of the common issues faced by IT Teams is installing or completing administrative tasks either remotely, or while logged on as a user with limited rights. The easiest way to complete this is to use the runas command to run the application / file as an administrative user. Click Start Type CMD.EXE in the search box. Type RUNAS /USER:\ You can also use “COMPUTERNAME\ADMINISTRATOR”. The command will then prompt you to enter the password, which is masked from the user (it will just appear as if there is nothing typed). This is useful if installing from the user’s profile etc, bu

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Add the My Computer Icon to the Windows 10 Desktop

Add My Computer - Check Boxes

If you want to add the My Computer Icon to the Windows 10 Desktop, or any of the standard User folder icon to the desktop in Windows 10 (Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel). Step1: Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Step 2: Select Themes on the left-hand menu, and then once you are there, you can select Desktop icon settings under the “Related Settings” section. Step 3: You will now be able to click the checkboxes for the icons that you want back. once done click apply and Ok.

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Re-paring Logitech Wireless Headsets

Re-paring a Logitech Wireless Headsets with the receiver In the event your ClearChat PC needs to be re-paired with its original receiver or a replacement receiver, follow the steps below: Turn on the ClearChat PC Wireless headset. Insert the receiver into a USB port. Press and hold down the Mute and Volume – (Volume Down) button located on the right earpiece until the LED blinks green rapidly. This usually takes 15 seconds. If the receiver is recognized by the computer properly, the LED on the receiver should blink green slowly. Insert a paper clip or small pin into the Connect/reset hole (located on topside of receiver above the U

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Troubleshooting Random Reboots

Troubleshooting a Random reboot or shutdown can be very frustrating, Sometimes you will see your computer getting restarted or shutdown automatically without any warning. This is a frustrating scenario when you are working on some important stuff and your computer restarts without any notice. Of course this is an improper restart or shutdown and may damage your computer’s hardware like Hard Disk or may damage your Operating System like Windows. This is a common problem in old computers specially PCs i.e. computers running on Windows OS. But there may be different reasons for this common problem. Here are some of the reasons which may ca

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Backup Facebook Profile Pictures

Simple steps to backup your Facebook profile pictures What if one day, Facebook accidently deleted or banned your account for some reason or another?  What if a new social network comes along, and Facebook got shut down?  What if you decided to close your Facebook account, but don’t want to lose all the data you’ve placed there?  These scenarios may be highly unlikely, but they are very possible indeed.  Everything you put on Facebook resides there.  All your status updates, links, photos, notes – everything.  So, just like it’s good practice to backup your hard disk, it’s also good practice to have a plan ready to backup Fac

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Outlook Instant Search catalog rebuild

 If you search for items in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and do not receive the results that you expect, the indexing of your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office system data files (the search catalog) may not be complete. You can rebuild the search catalog, which restarts the indexing of your data files. To rebuild your search catalog, do the following: Exit Outlook. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel. Do one of the following: Windows Vista     Click System Maintenance, and then click Indexing Options. if you are in Classic view, double-click Indexing Options. Microsoft Windows XP     Under See Also, c

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Audit users with a batch file

Audit users Logon/logoff as well as Startup/Shutdown with batch file Here are four simple Batch files you can use to audit your users logon/logoff as well as startup/shutdown activity. to install simply create the following four batch files. you can either use the startup folder in windows if you dont use Active Directory or I would suggest using Logon/Logoff shutdown/startup scripts in Group Policy. Login.bat for /f “Tokens=2 Delims=[]” %%i in (‘ping -n 1 “%computername%”‘) do set IP=%%i echo %username% logged ON %computername%, IP=%IP% @ %time% %date% >> \serveraudits$users%username%.txt Logoff.bat

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Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX)

Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX) Over Internet Whether you are trying to access your home PC from your office, or your office workstation from home, you need to establish a remote desktop connection over Internet. Many times accessing a remote computer is not so easy. For instance there could be firewalls blocking access, or the two PCs could be on different OS not compatible with each other, and so on. In these kind of scenarios, TeamViewer comes to rescue. This free for non-commercial usage tool lets you quickly connect to a remote machine, control it completely including reboot/logoff, do audio and video chat, transfer f

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How to Setup Email Signature with logon script

This is a simple how to on ensuring your users email signatures are all standard (Under your Control) its a small vb script that defines variables from the active directory then uses a macro style operation to generate the signature. Here is the script. On Error Resume Next Set objSysInfo = CreateObject(“ADSystemInfo”) Set WshShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”) strUser = objSysInfo.UserName Set objUser = GetObject(“LDAP://” & strUser) strName = objUser.FirstName & ” ” & objUser.LastName strTitle = objUser.Description strCred = objUser.info strStreet = objUser.StreetAddress strLoca

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Modify UAC (User Account Control)

Windows 7: Modify UAC (User Account Control) The User Account Control security feature was one of the most reviled additions to Windows, with good reason – its constant warning messages asking for permission to continue many operations drove the users around the bend. UAC has been improved upon a lot in Windows 8 but you can still tweak it if you like. Here’s is how to turn UAC on or off, and make it less or more intrusive than the default: Go to the Control Panel –> User Accounts and Family Safety. Click User Accounts , then click Change User Account Control Settings. If confirmation password is asked provide it and then move to c

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ControlGuard Agent Removal Using the MSI

ControlGuard Agent (CGAgent.exe) Removal Using the MSI Step 1 – On your ControlGuard server Generate a universal machine password (valid for 7 days) using the RemoveAgentPasswordGen.exe. (See Zip File below) open a Command Prompt Run “C:Program FilesControlGuardEAMRemoveAgentPasswordGen.exe” ComputerName Copy and Paste the Uninstall Password into a text file in a temporary location. You should then copy this into the clipboard before running the MSI package uninstall. Step 2 – Log into the computer that you want to uninstall ControlGuard from. Ensure that all applications are closed then run. Setup.exe (See Zip File

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Cisco ACL Revision

Access Control Lists (ACL) Access Control Lists are used to: Prioritise traffic Restrict or reduce updates Provide basic security Block types of traffic Access control list placement Standard ACLs – Place as close to destination as possible. Extended ACLs – Place as close to source of traffic as possible. Only one ACL per port per direction is allowed. ACL are more efficient on outbound port. If a packet does not match the ACL statement then it will be implicitly denied. Once a packet matches an ACL statement no other checks are made, it is permitted.   ACL IOS commands Standard ACLs – Used to permit or deny an e

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Changing Power plans in Windows 7

Some basic steps to change Windows 7 Power plans. Changing power plan and its related settings can be very effective in ensuring you system is running well yet still saving you money with excess power usage. Here are a few steps to help with selecting a power plan in Windows To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, Click Start, Control Panel, and then Click Hardware and Sound. Click Power Options. In the Select a power plan window, select the power plan you wish to use Close the Select a power plan window. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power. You can use po

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