Thursday, May 27, 2010

resetting a domain admin password on Windows 2008

I had lost the main admin password on one of my client's Windows 2008 SBS boxes, and I thought I'd have to try one of the many utilities that exist for changing passwords outside of Windows, but instead I found this:

Using just the Windows 2008 DVD, you can reset any domain admin password.

Info recreated here just in case that page is ever taken down:
* Boot onto DVD of Windows Server 2008
* Choose “Repair your computer”
* Launch cmd
* Go to c:\windows\system32
* Rename Utilman.exe to Utilman.exe.bak
* Copy cmd.exe to Utilman.exe
* Reboot on Windows
* Do the keyboard shortcut Windows + U when on the logon screen
* net user administrator Newpass123 inside the cmd
* log on with the domain admin account and this new pass
* change the password to remember it if needed
* Reboot on the DVD to put back the original Utilman.exe

Youtube video of the process here:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

viewing mailbox size in Exchange 2007

There isn't a GUI method (as far as I can tell) for viewing mailboxes sizes. This page talks about a powershell command to show mailbox sizes:

Monday, May 17, 2010

dealing with broken jumplists in Windows 7

On one of my machines, the jump list for Remote Desktop was not working. It worked in all other prorgrams, but not Remote Desktop. After some research (primarily this page:

I found that it was third party shell extensions that were the cause. Specifically, it was a shell extension called "CopyPathContextMenu" that seemed to have been created by Once I removed that, my Remote Desktop jump list started working normally.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

software encryption for laptops with security needs

I'm mostly tracking this for my information. In situations where one needs to encrypt a laptop to comply with whatever needs you may have:

One option - Credant (offered with Dell computers):

Second option - TrueCrypt (a free option):

Sunday, May 2, 2010

scan to email with google mail or other off-site mail servers

I was in a pickle with a copier with a scan to email function and email hosted on google apps. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get the authentication to work. Then I found this page that talks about using hmailserver basically as a relay to gmail. I tried it, and it worked great.

Complete instructions on the hmailserver setup:

EDIT - in a failed installation, I found three things that needed fixing that I didn't do quite right that you may want to pay attention to in the future:
1) if on a machine with a firewall, you'll need to open up port 25
2) the port for sending to gmail must be 465.  I tried 587 - which should work, but it didn't.  I tried this on 12/27/12.  I can't explain that - it was the only change I made so I know that the port number needed to be 465.
3) In Advanced -> IP ranges, you'll want the "firewalled subnets" or whatever you call the range that includes your copier - you'll want priority to be the highest number (meaning if the highest number is 20, you'll want your copier's priority to be 20 or 25 or higher).  I'm used to MX records, so I figured lower would be a higher priority, but that was not true.