Access OWA using Safari & Mac OS10

Open Safari and click “Safari > Preferences”
Choose the “Autofill” tab and CHECK “User names and passwords”
Navigate to https://mail.mcgb.com/exchange
Install Trusted Root Certificate
a. Click “Show Certificate”
b. Check “Always trust “server.domain.local” when connecting to “mail.server.tld”
c. Expand “Trust” section and choose drop down for “Always Trust” for everything.
d. Enter system password when challenged.
Login to OWA using mcgbusername and office password.
Choose “YES” to prompt “Would you like to save this password?”
Drag and drop address bar to desktop to create shortcut.

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Lifehacker Posts

You’re backing up your data the wrong way:
http://lifehacker.com/5405775/youre-backing-up-your-data-the-wrong-way
HotImage your hard drive with DriveImage XML:
http://lifehacker.com/326086/hot-image-your-pcs-hard-drive-with-driveimage-xml
Various Driver Backup Programs:
http://lifehacker.com/224599/download-of-the-day-driver-collector-windows
http://lifehacker.com/5102344/driverbackup2-copies-your-system-drivers
http://lifehacker.com/399097/double-driver-backs-up-your-systems-drivers

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Ultra VNC and the remote support tool

The great thing about UltrVNC is that it lets me set up a d/l executable that is executed by the end user and therefore, bypasses any firewall port forwarding settings on the client end.  THe server end needs PORT 5900 forwarded to the machine running “Ultra VNC Viewer (Listen Mode)”.
The full Download for UVNC is here: http://www.uvnc.com/download/index.html
And the app that makes all of my remote support magic happen is Ultra VNC Single Click: http://www.uvnc.com/addons/singleclick.html

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Blackberry Switch Service Account

I recently had to pay for incident support to get my BES 4.1.6 SP7 back up and running and talking to my company’s 8 or 9 blackberry handhelds. Here are the steps I took:
1. Determine service account error by checking BES Log file

  • c:Program FilesResearch in MotionLogsSERVERNAME_MAGT_01_DATE_0001.txt
  • Saw error 5302

2. Export RIM registry key

  • regedit
  • HKCUSoftwareResearch in Motion  Export key

3. Create new Blackberry Admin user account in AD “BESAdmin”
4. AD > DOMAIN.local properties > Security tab

  • Add new user account “BESAdmin”
  • set “Send As” permission
  • verify inheritance to bbery user accounts
  • force if neccessary (advanced security settings for individual user accounts > Allow inheritable permissions CHECKED)

5. Exchange System Manager set Delegate Control

  • right click top level and Delegate Control
  • Add new user account “BESAdmin” as “Exchange View Only Administrator”
  • First Administrative Group > Right Click Properties > Security Tab > Change BESAdmin to add “Administer Information Store” , “Receive As” , & “Send As”

6. Local Security Settings (of blackberry server)

  • Local Policies > User Rights Assignments
  • add BESAdmin account to “Allow Log on Locally” and “Log on as a service”

7. Set new BESAdmin account as local administrator to BES server

  • Computer Management > Users and Groups > Administrator Group
  • Add domainBESAdmin

8. Log on as new account BESAdmin
9. Services.msc > Change “Log on As” to new BESAdmin for all Blackberry services (minus BB Attachment service – that stays as “Local System”)
10. Import HKCU RIM key exported in Step 2
11. Recreate MAPI profile (may need bbery services started to do this…)

  • open “Blackberry Service Configuration”
  • Server tab > Edit Mapi
  • Enter information of Exchange Server, and new BESAdmin account
  • Apply > OK > OK
  • open “Blackberry Manager” and create MAPI profile again using same settings

12. Start BB services or restart server.  Verify handheld communication with server.

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How I moved my SQL PA9 database

LexisNexis Practice Advantage 9 Enterprise
Moving from SQL 2000 Sp 3 on MS SBS2003 (S1)
Moving to SQL 2005 on MS SBS2003 R2 (S2)
The order of events is the most important part. Begin with a SQL db file backup from S1 and clean SQL 2005 install with instance name PA9 on S2
1. Run tmutile.exe to create intial SQL db tables. This will create the AdminCTL.tps file. My case also changed the tm9user password from weak to strong.

  • Make sure to set the SQL server name correctly in this step.  Needs to include the server name followed by the SQL Instance name. Ex: servernamePA9
  • Change the database name to LNTPA9 and LNTPA9_Tutor
  • Changed tm9user password (forced me, because old pass was weak)
  • exit tmutile.exe

2. Delete the database objects (LNTPA9 but not tm9user) using SQL manager
3. Create new db with same name. Set DBowner to tm9user. Run PA engineer’s script:
Subject: Script
use [TimeMatters9] — *** SUBSTITUTE TimeMatters9 WITH THE NAME OF THE DB
declare @DBname as varchar(500) set @DBname = ‘TimeMatters9’ — *** SUBSTITUTE TimeMatters9 WITH THE NAME OF THE DB
declare @DBowner as varchar (500) set @DBowner = ‘tm9user’ — *** SUBSTITUTE tm9user WITH THE NAME OF THE DB OWNER/USER
/* MAKE NO CHANGES BELOW */
exec (‘sp_defaultdb [‘+@DBowner+’], [‘+@DBname+’]’)
exec (‘sp_change_users_login @action=update_one, @usernamepattern=[‘+@DBowner+’], @loginname=[‘+@DBowner+’]’)
4. Test Connection

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Batch Convert Images using ImageMagick

I am using ImageMagick 6.4.1 convert.exe feature to batch convert multiple files. Usually this is from TIF to JPG or even a large JPG to a smaller size. Here is what I have so far:
1. Open cmd and cd “C:Program FilesImageMagick-6.4.1-Q16”
2. convert c:tempfile.tif c:tempfile.jpg (this works)
3. or go into directory containing files to convert
4. mogrify -format jpg *.tif (AHA! This preserves file names!)
I just used this mogrify command to batch resize.  However, it OVERWRITES the originals, so keep that in mind.
5. mogrify -resize 1024 *.jpg
ImageMagick Install: ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/windows/ImageMagick-windows.zip
http://imagemagick.org

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