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Office365 – Distribution list blank return path

When you are using Office365, you may find that external email addresses in a distrbution list do not recieve mails sent to the distribution list email address.

Many spam filters will block emails with a blank or empty return path, but Office365 sets this blank as default, to prevent email bounce loops.

This is normal behaviour – a large distribution list shouldn’t distribute a bounce/DSN report to the entire membership.

For a single membership list for use with Zendesk, Help Scout or other similar mailbox monitoring applications, it may be necessary.

Here is how to enable the return path for a distribution list:

Connect to Office365 with PowerShell:
$LiveCred = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Check to see which return paths are enabled/disabled:
Get-DistributionGroup <Name Of DL> | fl *report*

When running this command, you should see:
ReportToManagerEnabled : False
ReportToOriginatorEnabled : False

Enable return path to originator if disabled:
Set-DistributionGroup <Name Of DL> -ReportToOriginatorEnabled $true

When the command is run again:
Get-DistributionGroup <Name Of DL> | fl *report*

You should see:
ReportToManagerEnabled : False
ReportToOriginatorEnabled : True

Disconnect from the Office365 server:
Remove-PSSession $Session
exit

You will then have a populated return-path (with the email address of the distribution list).

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Turnpike Six v6.07 entire.exe download

Since Demon internet discontinued support for Turnpike, it has been impossible to source a copy of the software – especially since the Demon FTP site has also gone the way of the Dodo.

However, we have sourced a copy of the installer for Turnpike Six v6.07 it is downloadable here: /wp-content/uploads/2012/10/entire.exe

Further information can be found at the Wikipedia article here.

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Office 365 – Set the default domain

When you first setup Office365, Microsoft provides you with a default domain – usually companyname.onmicrosoft.com – for example, the Jaytag domain is jaytag.onmicrosoft.com.

This can cause a small headache – as it’s not obvious when you have added your companies domain where to set this as default – so when you add new users, the primary email address will be emailaddress@companyname.onmicrosoft.com.

To set the default domain to the domain you have added, login to Office365 and click into the adminin

Click on your company name in the top-left corner of the administration interface.

Then click on Edit in the top-left corner of the company window.

You will see a drop down list of the domains in your Office365 account – select the domain you wish to make primary, and then click the the OK button in the bottom-right of the screen.

The primary domain is now set – and new users added will have their primary email address domain set to this domain, not @companyname.onmicrosoft.com.

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Windows XP Recovery Console – KB310994 download

To manually install the Windows Recovery Console, you have to have the necessary updates. It seems Microsoft have removed the link to the recovery console that used to be linked to from here.

This makes running tools like ComboFix for example, quite difficult.

I’ve sourced the files (at least for SP2 and up) they are mirrored here:
windowsxp-kb310994-sp2-home-bootdisk-enu.exe – For Windows XP Home SP2 and newer.
windowsxp-kb310994-sp2-pro-bootdisk-enu.exe – For Windows XP Professional SP2 and newer.

To install for combofix use, you can download the file to your PC and drag and drop onto the combofix.exe file, as detailed here.

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Sporttracks v2 – Map problem fixed

With Sporttracks v2, there is an issue that the Terraserver map plugin no longer functions correctly. Maps cannot be zoomed, and over time, none of the routemaps appear to display at all.

Thankfully, there is a user created plugin called Apply Routes.

Apply Routes provides a number of extensions to the SportTracks functionality:

  • It adds a number of MapProviders (google, microsoft, openlayers, geoportail)
  • It allows 3d Simulation of your workouts
  • It has a number of features for modifying activities
  • Adding a gps track to a workout that doesnt have one
  • Joining workouts
  • UpdateHistory – Bulk updates to your logbook.

The plugin for Sporttracks v2 can be downloaded here. (get the .st2plugin file).

Once the plugin is installed, selecting a different map (the blue dropdown arrow in the ‘Route’ window) will show the correct map underneath your activity route.

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Sporttracks v2.1 – Download here


Sporttracks is an excellent piece of software if you like to keep a record of your performance, training or fitness over time.

Version 3 of the software was released back in September 2010, and it’s very, very good. However, it does cost $35 after a 30 day trial.

I’ve been happily using Sporttracks v2 for some time (although the mapping is now quite flaky…). I had to reinstall it recently, and found it hard to find.

So, its mirrored here (link removed at request of Zone Five, there are plenty of other sources for the file if you google the exact filename – Setup_SportTracks_2.1.3478.exe)

Google link here.

You can download version 3 of the software at the Zone Five website here.

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Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

This is a common problem with Windows Vista – most typically, the CD-ROM or DVD drive will fail to function correctly.

Here are the steps we take to fix the issue (be cautious – you’ll have to edit the registry of the computer)

  • Click the Start button, and then in the search box, type regedit.
  • Press the Enter key.

NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password or click Continue.

  • In the Registry Editor window, in the left pane, double-click the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder.
  • In the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder, double-click the System folder.
  • In the System folder, double-click the CurrentControlSet folder.
  • In the CurrentControlSet folder, double-click the Control folder.
  • In the Control folder, double-click the Class folder.
  • In the Class folder, click to select the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} folder.
  • In the right pane, click to select the UpperFilters registry value.
  • On the menu bar, click Edit.
  • In the Edit menu, click Delete.
  • In the Confirm Value Delete dialog box, click the Yes button.
  • In the right pane, click to select the LowerFilters registry value.
  • On the menu bar, click Edit.
  • In the Edit menu, click Delete.
  • In the Confirm Value Delete dialog box, click the Yes button.

NOTE: Do not delete the UpperFiltersBak or LowerFiltersBak registry values.

  • Close the Registry Editor window.
  • Restart the computer.

The CD-ROM or DVD drive should then function correctly.

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Enable Telnet Command in Windows 7

Screenshot of the Telnet utility

Telnet is a simple but extremely popular protocol for exchanging data between two computers. It is often used for testing computer programs. The Telnet utility is included with Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers although it is not enabled by default.

Enable Telnet for Windows Vista/Windows 7
If you would like to enable Telnet, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel.
2. Click into Programs and Features.
3. Click Turn Windows Features on or off.
4. Tick the box next to Telnet Client and click OK.
5. Open the command prompt by typing cmd into the Start/Windows menu.
6. Type telnet to make sure it works.
7. You can close Telnet with by typing quit.

Alternatively, you may download the Putty SSH utility as it can also be used as Telnet client for Windows. You can download PuTTY here.

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Scheduled Tasks – Running Tasks Without A Password in Windows XP

If you try to run a scheduled task in Windows XP, it will balk if you don’t enter a password (or if your main account has no password, it won’t let you proceed).

There are two potential fixes:

Run the task as the administrator (i.e. your-machine-nameadministrator) You can then enter the administrators password. You may need to set this in Computer Management first:

  • Right click My Computer
  • Click Manage
  • In the right hand window, click into Users and Groups
  • Right click the Administrator account, and click Change Password
  • Enter a password of your choice.

You can then run the task as the system administrator.

Change the system security settings
On Windows XP professional, do the following:

  • Click Start
  • Click into Control Panel
  • Click into Administrative Tools
  • Click into Local Security Policy
  • Click into Security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options
  • Ensure the option ‘Accounts: Limit local account…’ is disabled. It’s enabled by default.

On Windows XP home:

  • Go to Start>Run>Regedit
  • Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsa
  • Find the value name: limitblankpassworduse
  • And change the entry. 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled

We use the scheduled tasks frequently with programs like FastCopy to carry out daily backups.

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