Resize VHD / Shrink Virtual xp Disk

So you still have something running on that Virtual XP machine silently consuming space on your HDD?
Finally decided that you need to resize VHD disks to free up wasted storage? Here is how;
Run out of space HDD

1) Turn off your VHD or close any programs that may be running  (status should be Powered down)
resize vhd for windows xp mode

2) In the Virtual Machines manager, right-click and select settings

4) Select the HDD you want to shrink and click ‘Modify’
modifying to resize vhd for windows xp mode

5) Then select ‘Compact disk’ and wait.
compacting windows xpo mode vhd disk

This process will assess how much space is currently being used, and the, remove the rest leaving 10-20% headroom for growth of the disk. It can take up to 30+ mins to complete this process, so be patient! By using this simple tool, you can shave a good 60+GB of wasted space into freely usable storage.

Resolve Logmein Error 4320 (Method 1)

How to resolve Logmein Error 4320 

Whilst setting up logmein for remote access in a pretty locked down domain environment, I have noticed that quite frequently we would get an ‘admin error 4320’ on the remote users PC.

Now the official logmein site would suggest adding users within the logmein interface, which we will cover in ‘Method 2’ however I have found a quicker workaround that works 9 out of 10 times is by simply always running the program as administrator.

  1. Place the Logmein icon either on your desktop or navigate to the program folder path usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn Ignition”
  2. Right click on the icon and select ‘Properties
  3. Once in Properties select the ‘Compatibility’ tab at the top
  4. At the bottom under ‘Privilege level’ tick the ‘Run this program as Administrator’ box*.
    How do I resolve Error 4320
  5. If you have more than 1 user on the PC, select ‘Change settings for all users’
  6. Again tick the ‘Run this program as Administrator’ box
    Logmein Error 4320
  7. OK out of both windows, If logmein is running. Close it again and re-open it, now using an Administrative logon.

Your Logmein error 4320 should now be resolved. if not see the link below

Logmein Error 4320 Method 2

*If the ‘Privilege level’ box is greyed out, be sure that you are logged on as an administrative user, or log off and back on as one in order to continue.

Which Exchange services to restart without needing a server reboot

Here is which exchange services to restart in order to completely refresh an on-site exchange installation

1) Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology Service (this will toggle all the core AD Exchange services minus the below)

2) Microsoft Exchange Information Store

3)Microsoft Exchange System Attendant

exchange services

With all that complete you should be all ready to go and continue trouble shooting/upgrading/modifying whatever it was you need to work on. Hopefully though if you hd any issues, this should have resolved them for you.

Top 5 Obvious but little known useful cmdlets and IT support tricks

As an IT technician, I am often adding new quick tricks to my mental shorcuts list, here are my current top 5:

  1. Need to log onto a domain as the local PC admin but don’t know the PC name?
    Simply use ” .\” at the start of the admin username to log on as a local PC user.
  2. Powershell if PC has trust relationship
    Test-ComputerSecureChannel –Server *dc name* -Verbose
  3.  shutdown /i (-i ) remote shutdown
  4. Create big dummy file:
    Cd \sysinternalssuite
    Contig -n 2gbEmptyFile.txt 20000000
  5. For Spooler Crashes, first try below to clear all jobs
    net stop spooler
    pause
    del /S /F “C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS\*”
    net start spooler
    pause

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