January 16, 2018
by Aaron Ekinaka
Cisco SG300-28SFP Firmware Upgrade

Upgrade Firmware / Bootloader on Cisco SG300 / SG500 Switches

Cisco continues to put out new firmware for their SG series switches which adds some nice features and more stability to the product line. Several companies I have worked in the small / medium business sector are turning to these switches for their inexpensive port density and management options in an access layer switch. Since these units […]

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November 16, 2016
by Aaron Ekinaka

Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco SG500 / SG300 Switches

Cisco documentation is out there for this, but searching for it generally only comes back with forum questions and responses. Here’s the consolidated information on how to easily break into a Cisco Small Business switch that has a console port. Generally this is limited to the SG300 and SG500 series switches. If you recall, the […]

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February 17, 2016
by Aaron Ekinaka

Change MAC addresses to be Cisco Friendly

Ever get a really long nasty list of MAC addresses that aren’t in the aaaa.bbbb.cccc format that Cisco network devices crave? Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own idea of what a MAC address should look like. You will see on Windows systems, MAC addresses divided by dashes (00-50-56-a0-6e-db) other systems may use colons (c0:3f:d5:bd:22:64) etc. […]

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August 28, 2015
by Aaron Ekinaka

Disable “Clutter” Feature in Office365 via PowerShell

Microsoft has rammed another “feature” down our throats, as if to say: You will like using this add-on to Office365! The clutter folder appeared in Microsoft Outlook folder panes all throughout the office, and soon the phone began to ring. People were not sure what this feature is or how it works, but the worst […]

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January 27, 2015
by Aaron Ekinaka

Configure User Passwords to Never Expire in Office365

For large enterprise environments with clearly defined security policies (and helpdesks with plenty of support staff) it makes sense to have users change their passwords every so often. However, if you work in a small office  having Office 365 force you to change your password can be annoying and disruptive, especially if you have many […]

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January 21, 2015
by Aaron Ekinaka

Migrate an AD User Profile to a Local User Account

This problem may present itself in different ways, in my scenario it was that a company employee was going no longer work in our corporate office but would start working exclusively from home. This generated a number of challenges, one of which was removing their computer account from our Active Directory domain, but retaining all […]

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May 6, 2014
by Aaron Ekinaka

How to Disconnect a Windows Mapped Drive to an Offline Host

This isn’t anything that requires a ton of technical knowledge but it is a situation that can really drive end users in a small office crazy. Take the following scenario: There is a shared folder on an other workstation or server in the office that has been mapped to another user’s workstation. Say the computer that […]

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