Ben Hamilton

Howto: Lock Windows Machines From Command Line

I’ve recorded a short video on how to lock windows machines from the windows command line. Let me know if you found it useful.

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How to clear the MS Exchange mail queue quickly

Spent the day dealing with an exchange server that had been compromised. As a result, heaps of spam emails were in the exchange mail queue. Manually removing them is a major pain in the rear. Fortunately, others have shared how to clear the Microsoft Exchange mail queue of thousands for spam mails. Stop the SMTP […]

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Using registry values in scripts

I’m often writing scripts to do stuff. It makes my job easier. I’ve often wanted to be able to script the discovery of registry values in the Windows Registry. Thus here is a short example on using the vanilla windows command line to find the value of a Windows registry key. From my testing these […]

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Finding user SID

Occasionally you may want to know the [SID][] of a windows user. If that made no sense to you, read no futher, this snippet is not for you. [SID]:http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Security+Identifier “Read a definition of what the SID is” Open up REGEDIT and browse to this key: `HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList` Here you will find a list of SID’s, […]

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Setting up WriteMonkey on WordPress

This post has been written using [WriteMonkey](http://writemonkey.com/ “Zenware for full screen distraction free writing”) as the text editor. Not only that but I’ve utilised Markdown as the method of text mark-up. All of this has been achieved using WordPress as my CMS, Firefox as my browser and a Firefox plug-in called It’s All Text. My […]

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How to: Clear Outlook Location list

Had an issue yesterday where we wanted to remove some entires from Outlooks location list. Huh? When you book an appointment in Microsoft Outlooks calendar you can specify a location. If ACT! by Sage has a Resource that is designated as a location, when ACT! sync’s with Outlook that location list gets filled in. So, […]

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How to: discover open files on Microsoft Server

So you’re working on a Microsoft Server machine, merrily getting stuff done, when you get a message saying that it can’t continue because files are open. Sound familiar? It happens to me often. Here is how I find out which files are open and who has them open: If you’re working on a Microsoft Server […]

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The Complete Guide to Google Wave: How to Use Google Wave

Google Wave is occuping a great deal of mind space at the moment, the best site I’ve found that explains what it is, and how to use it is this, which starts out with this: The Complete Guide to Google Wave is a comprehensive user manual by Gina Trapani with Adam Pash. Google Wave is […]

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Why ACT! won’t print a report

Often I’ve been told “my ACT! won’t print reports, it doesn’t matter which report I select, it won’t print”. In the majority of these cases, the fix is actually very quick and simple. You simply require at least one printer installed and have it set to be the default printer. See, that was simple. Unfortunately, […]

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Novice to Expert

After spotting a link to both the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition and Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware, I’ve read the original 1980 paper by the Stuart and Hubert Dreyfus (A Five-Stage Model of the Mental Activities Involved in Directed Skill Acquisition)which made for interesting reading. It describes (suprise!) 5 stages one goes […]

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Turn off Enhanced Security

Just had need of this article, method #2 describes how to turn of Microsoft Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.

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Network Connection control panel applet

Quick tip on getting the Network Connections control panel applet, do one of the following: WIN+R, ncpa.cpl<enter> CTRL-SHIFT-ESC, Applications, File, New Task, ncpa.cpl <enter> This will give you quick access to changing network settings, useful if you have no mouse… as per a workstation I’m working on right now.

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Wildcard searching Lookups

I often find I want to find someone or a company in ACT!, however I can only remember part of their name – wildcard searching to the rescue. If I do a company lookup for “outback“, I only get returned a list of companies that begin with “outback“. However, if I do a company lookup […]

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Become a blogger

Yes – I signed up to Becomeablogger.com – after reading the free road map PDF and watching the 10 free Howto videos. Even tho I’ve been blogging since 2002, in the last 24 hours I’ve already learnt stuff. Plus I’ve got access to a private forum (ie no trolls) where like minded ‘students’ and experts […]

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Suggestions on using LinkedIn

Enjoyed reading this article suggesting ways to use LinkedIn, especially numbers 1, 7 & 8. Re: #1 – I think it is important to fill in plenty of detail on LinkedIn – if I visit your LinkedIn profile and find that I can’t get to know you better then it has failed for you. By […]

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Changing the world one ACT at a time!

Do you love your job? I do. Let me tell you why. I get to change ‘someones’ world on a daily basis. And I love it.¬† I do technical support for a small marketing firm, all of our clients use ACT!, which is a contact management application. When you show someone how they can improve […]

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When SharePoint barfs

A client has a SharePoint installation that has died, with all their project files and data in it. In the course of searching for how to resurrect it, I’ve found the following that seem to be things that others may well benefit from: An article on the Official SBS Blog, pointing to an unofficial tool: […]

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Port Listening

If like me you need to test if network traffic is getting through a firewall then this tool will be of use to you as well. You run it on the target/client system, specify which port you want it to listen on, a response message and click on listen. Able to listen on multiple ports […]

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Updated SMTP RFC

Well. Didn’t expect to see this, but here it is, the RFCs regarding SMTP have been updated. (hat tip) Makes for an interesting read if your into this kind of thing.

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Which version of .NET

Sometimes while supporting products, it is very useful to know just what version/s of .NET are installed. Found this tool just now shows you just that:¬†Free DotNet VersionCheck Utility If you’ve ever wanted a quick way to find out which versions and service packs of the .NET runtime are installed on a machine, or if […]

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