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Start a Headless VirtualBox Virtual Machine on Windows

Oracle’s VirtualBox software comes with a wide range of command line tools that allow you to manage the VirtualBox virtual machines. One of these tools is “VBoxHeadless.exe”. This tool allows you to start up a virtual machine from the command line, without having to load the Virtualbox application itself. This is great for when the virtual machine you want to run is a server, and you want to only connect into it using SSH or RDP, instead of using the…

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PowerShell Command to Show Exchange Service Status

The “Get-Service” PowerShell command can be used to display the status of all services on a machine. To make this easier to read, and to narrow down the results to specific services, you can pipe the output to “Where” and filter the results. The following command displays a list of Microsoft Exchange related services, and their statuses. Get-Service | Where {$_.DisplayName -Like "*Exchange*"} | ft DisplayName, Name, Status Example output: This command can be modified easily to filter for another…

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View Exchange Mailbox statistics from the PowerShell

The “Get-MailboxStatistics” PowerShell command can be used to view statistics for a specified mailbox/user account. The only required parameter is the mailbox name, or the user identity. For example: Get-MailboxStatistics -Identity Administrator” Simply running the Get-MailboxStatistics as per the example above, you will only see a few of the columns that get returned (DisplayName, ItemCount, StorageLimitStatus, and LastLogonTime). To view all the available columns/values, you can pipe the Get-MailboxStatistics command to “fl”, which outputs the data in a Formatted List…

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Installing Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Exchange Server 2010 is currently (at the time of writing) the latest version of Microsoft’s email server software. Its main features consists of email, calendaring, contacts, and tasks. This how to article will outline the steps required to install Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. The steps should remain the same for a standard Windows Server 2008 (64-bit required) machine, as long as it is up to date with all the latest updates. Prerequisites You…

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Enable GZIP compression in Nginx

All commonly used web browsers nowadays support GZIP compression, so enabling this on your web server is a great way to decrease how much data you are sending out, and in turn, speed up your site. While it may not make a huge difference on a small site, you may notice a big difference on a busy site. With Nginx, enabling GZIP compression is a simple process that involves adding a few commands to your main ‘nginx.conf’ configuration file. Open…

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