Exchange Powershell Context

I had a frustrating problem, where powershell was not returning the correct results that I was expecting, it was missing a 95% of the data from a simple get-mailbox command. It turns out, that running exchange powershell commands from the “Exchange Management Shell” sets the environment to the local server, even if you use the […]


Cisco Phone Firmware upgrade CUCM

Recently we had an issue with Platonics headsets working fine, then disconnecting after a short time.  After extensive trouble shooting, we found that firmware was the culprit.  Here is what I did to update the firmware for individual or single phones; First get the firmware you need, in my case I had to have Cisco […]


Show all Domain Computers that are Online

Quickie one liner; get-adcomputer -filter * | Where { Test-Connection $_.name -count 1 -quiet } | Select @{Name=”Computername”;Expression={$_.Name}} Reference : https://www.petri.com/test-network-connectivity-powershell-test-connection-cmdlet


Cisco Unity (CUC) Voice to EMail

I recently had a user (myself) that was not getting voicemail to email.  This was supposed to work, but was not.  So the first thing I did was confirm the LDAP connection, in my case I needed to move the Unity account in AD, and update the password in CUC; Then you have to Validate […]


Varonis Service Account Password reset

Any who use Varonis know it is a sweet program, but an expensive one.  Additionally, they hold their documentation tight.  Anyway, this is a simple thing, and should not take much effort.  I found the service account listed in a couple places, see them here in the pic (Don’t forget the windows services if you […]


Convert LDAP Time

This is the reference and an online converter.   EpochConverter.com The 18-digit Active Directory timestamps, also named ‘Windows NT time format’,’Win32 FILETIME or SYSTEMTIME’ or NTFS file time. These are used in Microsoft Active Directory for pwdLastSet, accountExpires, LastLogon, LastLogonTimestamp and LastPwdSet. The timestamp is the number of 100-nanoseconds intervals (1 nanosecond = one billionth of […]


Solarwinds Web Help Desk (WHD) inactive user logon

I had a user report they could not login with an error of “The account has been deactivated“.  I tried the regular stuff, but the domain account was fine, and the LDAP connection was also fine.  It turns out that the user may have been moved in the OU structure, or something else made WHD […]


Office 365 Brute Force Attack

If the Office.com accounts are being constantly locked out, you can’t really tell by the ADFS logs if it is an email account that is being attacked, or if it is the general Office account.  In my case, it was email, and so with MS new rules, we were able to turn off Basic authentication.  […]