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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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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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Close All Running Applications Single Click

ever wanted to close All Running Applications Single Click If you are a pro computer user and lot many times you feel that so many applications are running on your computer. Lot many windows opened and these running applications and slowing down your PC. If you go ahead and close each of them one by one, it will involve around 15 – 20 clicks or more. Windows users can close all running applications on single click by using a very tiny application. Close All is a small utility developed by Ntwind Software which can close al running applications at one click. Close All doesn’t need any kind of installation on your computer. You just need

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MTN USSD Codes using MDMA

MTN USSD codes These are the MTN USSD codes to load and query data bundles and other options. This should alleviate the necessity to put the SIM in a regular phone for these actions. *141# – Balance Enquiry response format: “Y’ello. You have Rxx.xx airtime, xx.xxMB Data, xx MMS and xxx SMS (xx exp dd/mm) remaining.” *141*<PIN># – Recharge Request *141*4# – Tariff Analyser and Priceplan Migrations menu *141*4*0# – Tariff Analyser *141*4*<Price Plan Option># – Priceplan migration *141*6*<BundleSize># – Data bundle purchase *141*6*0# – Data bundle cancellation *141*63

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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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Top 10 Show Commands for Cisco Routers

The Absolute top 10 show Commands Everybody Needs To Know in Cisco Routers Some commands in the Cisco router configuration are just irreplaceable. The ‘show’ commands are the most widely used in Cisco routers. Here is a list of the 10 mostly used of these ‘show’ commands. 1. show running-config This command is your true best friend. It shows the complete configuration that is running currently. 2. show startup-config This command shows the configuration that is saved on the NVRAM. It is helpful in knowing the configuration that will be applied the next time the routers is reloaded. 3. show interface This command shows status and stati

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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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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Installation

Microsoft Hyper-V Server (HVS) 2008 is a hypervisor solution that is based on Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Unlike Windows Server 2008 which supports the installation of many different roles, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is standalone virtualization software that does not support any additional roles. The installation of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 will be very familiar to those of you who have installed a Windows Server 2008 edition because it uses a similar wizard-driven installation. Here are the steps you must follow to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Insert the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 installation CD into your server

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Bitlocker Recovery Key via AD

Usage requirements To view recovery passwords, you must be a domain administrator, or you must have been delegated permissions by a domain administrator. In addition, to use the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer, the following requirements must be met: The domain must be configured to store BitLocker recovery information. The computers protected by BitLocker must be joined to the domain. BitLocker Drive Encryption must have been enabled on the computers. Bitlocker Recovery Password viewer for Active Directory Retrieving a BitLocker key from Active Directory involves using the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory Users a

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EIGRP tunnel template Cisco

Cisco tunnel template – EIGRP Below is a tunnel template used to provide a single site failover between two remote locations. interface Tunnel[SITE TUNNEL KEY] description —- [SITE] & [REMOTE SITE] —- ip address [SITE TUNNEL IP] 255.255.255.252 ip flow ingress tunnel source [LOCAL PROVIDER INTERFACE IP] tunnel destination [SITE PROVIDER IP] tunnel key [TUNNEL KEY] interface Tunnel[SITE2 TUNNEL KEY] description —- [SITE] & [REMOTE SITE2] —- ip address [SITE2 TUNNEL IP] 255.255.255.252 ip flow ingress tunnel source [LOCAL PROVIDER INTERFACE IP] tunnel destination [SITE2 PROVIDER IP] tunnel key [SITE2 TUNNE

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4 ways to speed up your PC

4 ways to speed up your PC By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase your PC speed, and help keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 to help make your computer faster, maintain your computer efficiently, and help safeguard your privacy when you’re online. Note: Some of the tools mentioned in this article require you to be logged on as an administrator. If you aren’t logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. Remove spyware, and help protect

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Really reset a blackberry to factory defaults

How to do a real Factory Defaults Reset on a Blackberry Probably the only tool you will ever need to reset your blackberry to factory defaults is JL_Cmder, This handy little tool is a Java based app which allows you to do the low-level reset required in order to remove IT policies. You can even remove the devices OS all together, really handy for some Corrupt OS after failed update scenarios (507 Error) To do a full factory defaults reset on a blackberry: Download JL_Cmder v1.9.3 Here Connect your blackberry with the USB cable to your computer Extract the JL_Cmder to a directory Run the JL_Cmder.cmd Press Any key to continue. You will then

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Out of Office Template Email IT Department

Out of Office Template (Email) – IT Department I cannot tell you how many times iv seem these long-winded Out of office messages. Giving details on fault logging process, where the person is going, etc. or The out of office is a cut and paste from an out of office they received somewhere along the line and its full of errors. Iv even seen in a cut and paste where the engineer has a signature from another employee. This Out of Office template was designed because clearly something as simple as an Out of Office message is something that is often overlooked by a lot of engineers. As an IT Department it is critical that all our communic

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Enable out of office in Outlook 2007 & 2010

Microsoft Outlook 2007 When you go on leave, you might want to let people in your office know that you are away when they send an email to you. This can be accomplished in Microsoft Outlook 2007 using the Out of Office Assistant. In Outlook, click Tools… Select Out of Office Assistant… Select Send Out of Office auto-replies. You can also set a date and time range. Otherwise you can go back to this screen when you return and select Do not send Out of Office auto-replies. Microsoft Outlook 2010 Of you are an  user in an Exchange environment, you can easily set an Out of Office message if you’re going to be away for a few

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Changing Windows 8 power plans

Some basic steps to change Windows 8 Power plans Changing Windows 8 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. Windows 8 may seem very strange at first but all the settings are there “Somewhere” and almost all are only a quick search charm away. Top Tip: The easiest way to get what you need in windows 8, is the search charm. To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, At the Start screen, type power options to open the Search charm. Select P

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