Archive for October 2010

Courion Tip – Enable User workflow

Create a new PMM Gateway target that mirrors your active directory target.

Give it a similar name to existing targets, but append “_unlock” to the name:

Under Password Reset, Notification configuration, turn off all emails – mark them as “available = off”

Modify your summary and confirmation forms as you see fit.

Edit your unique resource data. Set the password to %Custom Macro.SuggestPassword%. And turn off your password validation.

Here is my SuggestPassword custom macro:

Dim strPassword

Randomize( )

dim CharacterSetArray

CharacterSetArray = Array( _

Array( 5, “bdfghjmnpqrtvwxz” ), _

Array( 1, “2346789” ))

‘      Array( 5, “abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz” ), _


‘      Array( 1, “0123456789” ))

dim i

dim j

dim Count

dim Chars

dim Index

dim Temp

for i = 0 to UBound( CharacterSetArray )

Count = CharacterSetArray( i )( 0 )

Chars = CharacterSetArray( i )( 1 )

for j = 1 to Count

Index = Int( Rnd( ) * Len( Chars ) ) + 1

Temp = Temp & Mid( Chars, Index, 1 )



dim TempCopy

do until Len( Temp ) = 0

Index = Int( Rnd( ) * Len( Temp ) ) + 1

TempCopy = TempCopy & Mid( Temp, Index, 1 )

Temp = Mid( Temp, 1, Index – 1 ) & Mid( Temp, Index + 1 )


RandomString = TempCopy


If Asc(Left(TempCopy,1)) >48 And Asc(Left(TempCopy,1)) <57 Then

TempCopy =”g”+TempCopy

End If

NativeScript = TempCopy

Modify your ticketing.

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Posted October 28, 2010 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip

Courion Tip – vbscript to enable user

We have a problem with user accounts getting locked. We have them set to automatically unlock after 15 minutes, but users are often not willing to wait. We have also have removed our Support Desk’s right to use the native Microsoft tools to do this.

So…. How can we unlock (NOT enable – different issue) user accounts without doing a password reset? We have a “Support Staff” password change workflow that lets the Support Desk do a password change for an end user, which is a start. The support staff person logs in, and is prompted for the end user’s ID that the are going to change. I made a copy of that.

Now, all I need is a vbscript that

  • as a privileged user
  • Find the user’s account
  • unlock the user’s account

Sounds simple enough, but all the sample code I have found misses at least one of the items – most of the code runs as the person who is logged in & I need to code it to run with enough rights to unlock the user. And those that I have found that use some authentication assume that you know “where” in active directory the end user is.

I will post the code as soon as I figure it out (or a link to it when I find it!!) Here are some candidates:

I was able to do this another way… Just saving this so I have a link to the vbscripts I found…

Posted October 23, 2010 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip


Miro has a new version of the miro player AND now has a miro media converting program. Note to self – check it out.

Posted October 23, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware

Importing and Exporting Mail and User Accounts in Outlook 2007

This person does an EXCELLENT job, I followed the instructions, and they worked without issue.

Posted October 23, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Office, tips, windows

Linux laptop battery tips

At first, I thought.. Ok, yet another save electricity article, but then I read it …

Posted October 19, 2010 by mmdmurphy in Linux, tips

Foundation software and XP Mode

I have a client that uses Foundation

A recent upgrade on the server, and all clients (except one) by another person went well… Notice I said except one.
I took this machine home, reformatted the drive, and reinstalled the operating system (windows 7 64 bit), Office 2007, the whole bit from the CD’s that came with it (from Dell).

Then, I dropped the machine off, joined it to the domain, and re-installed Foundation. It would NOT connect. I could not come up with an obvious solution, but I did mentally note that the Windows XP machine someone else in the office uses.. never had any problems connecting.

Since it was all on the up and up, I followed the instructions at and installed Windows XP mode. Next, I installed Foundation (on the virtual XP, of course), and configured a connection. I have to admit it failed as well, but then something in the back of my mind jogged me into trying Named Pipes for the client connection. So, I rolled up my sleeves, and fired up the ODBC connection manager, and created a named pipes connection. When I got to the last screen, I clicked on “test connection” and it came back with TEST SUCCESSFUL.

Then I fired up Foundation, made sure it was using that connection, and logged in without issue.

Yes, I went back to the windows 7 64 bit machine and changed the connection to named pipes, but it wouldn’t work. I don’t know if you dig down enough, are named pipes different on a 64 bit machine? Probably at some level.

I dragged the shortcut from the start menu / programs/ virtual pc/ XP Mode, etc.. to the desktop, and tried it again. No issues. I then rebooted it, and logged back in, double clicked on the icon, and, yes, it does start a bit slower, but it works.

I also like this solution, because I saved off a copy of the virtual machine. If someone else has issues with their computer, I can get them up and running in A LOT less time now…

Posted October 19, 2010 by mmdmurphy in tips, windows

CISSP – Getting CPE Credits

I moved this to

Posted October 12, 2010 by mmdmurphy in tips