Reset password of local administrator account in Windows 2000 / 2003 / XP / Vista / 2008 / R2 / 2012 / R2 / 8 / 8.1

Unfortunately, sometimes we cannot log in into Windows-system because we have lost or forgot password local administrator account.

Fortunately, there is a way to reset this password ;). Now I will show you, how to do this. I recommend to add this article to your bookmarks, to have this manual when you're really need it :-).

First of all, you will need to download this iso image. We will use it to reset password. Burn image to CD-disk or mount it into your virtual machine (in my case it was exactly in VM). Boot from the image.

After booting, you will get the following picture.

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Deleting old files and folders in Powershell

Task is clear from title - we need to delete old files from some directory. There are many cases in life, when you will need to perform such operation. For example - delete old backups.

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Common problems while logging into Lync 2010/2013

Sometimes Lync 2010/2013 client cannot login to the server. You may be sure that user account enabled in Lync Server, all caches are cleared, but anyway Lync client give error.


Lync 2010 login issues

Lync 2010 have less issues, so we'll deal with it first.

First af all, you must clear local cache in user profile: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Communicator\. You can completely delete this folder.

Second, Lync 2010 have issue, when user try to login before it was enabled in Lync Server, something in client goes wrong and after it was enabled in Server, client still cannot login. The same issues can occur when some fields in Active Direcotry user account is changed.

To fix this issue you mush reset account settings in Lync 2010 client:

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Autoreply messages (Out of Office) not sent in Exchange 2010/2013

I had a problem yesterday with my hybrid Exchange 2010 + 2013 installation. One user set up out-of-office message but it does not sending. Nor in internal domain neither external users.

  • We have checked if user forwarding emails to some other users. All good forwarding was net set.
  • Also we have disabled all Inbox rules (there was one rule that forwarded messages).
  • We have tried to move mailbox to other database (in case corrupted data).
  • We tried to disable and enable reply messaging.
  • We have reviewed mail flow rules on transport servers.

All these actions didnt give answer.


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[Powershell Basics] Find substring in string array

[Powershell Basics] Find substring in string array

Imagine that you have array of strings (email addresses for example):


You have a task - find email addresses in domain among these strings.

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Interface slow work in Office 2013

After you install Office 2013, you can start encounter issues with interface performance of Office 2013 applications. Even on fast computers with hardware videocard. You can try the following solution (heled me in most cases).

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[HOW-TO] Find users published phone numbers in Lync 2013 database

Sometimes you will get a situation when contact cards in Lync client showing wrong phone numbers.

This is because of this menu in Lync client:


No matter of source issue, you must have a tool to investigate what happening in Lync SQL database (as soon as initial data for building Address Book files located there).

From this moment we will be talking about RTC database in RTCLOCAL instance that is located on Front-End server (in Enterprise deployment). Remember that in Enterprise Deployment every specific user can rely on their own "primary" server. If you have Standard deployment - there will be no problems to indentify the server needed.

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