Purge Deleted Mailboxes in Exchange 2010

Having transferred a number of old mailboxes out to PST (Exchange 2010 SP1 is awesome!) I needed to purge the now deleted users and the associated mailboxes. This was part of an Exchange 2007 to 2010 migration where I found the helpful commands here & here. In brief: Set the the Mailbox Database retention period […]

Outlook 2010 Large OST with Cached Mailboxes

Outlook 2010, by default, now cache’s any additional mailboxes a user may have attached. This can cause the locally held OST file to jump in size quite considerably! I certainly tend to see issues on older machines once the OST file goes over 10GB but some have hit the 50GB mark which cripples Outlook – […]

Veeam FastSCP – Error 800700c1

Having stumbled across this before I thought it easier to add the fix here for quicker reference. When using Veeam’s FastSCP to copy a VM on a 64bit PC you can often see the below error: “Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID [5F1555F0-0DBB-47F6-B10B-0AB0E1C1D8CE} failed due to the following error: 800700c1” The following […]

Patching VMware ESXi 5.0

More for my own reference as I always forget the commands! Nice guide via the community forum on how to patch a host via CLI can be found HERE In brief for a standalone ESXi host: Upload the patch Zip file to the ESXi datastore Shutdown any VM’s running on the ESXi host Enter Maintenance […]

Cisco IOS Schedule Tasks with kron

A few handy commands to help schedule simple tasks such as router reboots, config archives or backup to tftp/ftp. Cisco Command Scheduler As a couple of examples I often use for reference the below shows how to backup to a TFTP server or reboot on a weekly schedule. First create the Policy and give it […]

Cisco IOS Login Attacks

Having checked some logs for my home router I noticed a few brute force attacks occuring over the last day or so. I noticed numerous tries a while back on the default SSH port (22) so I looked to change it to a random high port number – this drastically lowered the unauthorized attempts. Now […]