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Why “traverse folder” and “execute file” is a combined NTFS permission

I’ve been asked why the Advanced Permissions dialogue on NTFS folders lists “Traverse folder / execute file” as one single permission. On the surface it seems counterintuitive that you’d allow a user to navigate through a folder, or execute its contents. There’s no official Microsoft documentation on the design decisions, however, from a filesystem perspective, entering a folder is the same as executing or running it. The same is true of 3 classic Unix filesystem flags and permissions, where the “X” flag allows both directory traversal and file execution, while “R” allows reading and “W” allows writing....

3 December 2019 · 1 min · 97 words · Aiden Arnkels-Webb
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How to enable/disable hardware devices using Windows Powershell

If you’re working on Windows Server Core or remotely on another computer and don’t have access to the Windows GUI, you might have trouble disabling a faulty or unwanted plug-and-play device. Thankfully Powershell makes it easy to get, enable and disable devices in Device Manager using Get-PnpDevice, Enable-PnpDevice and Disable-PnpDevice How to query devices 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Get-PnpDevice # Get's all PNP Devices Get-PnpDevice -PresentOnly # Gets all PNP Devices currently attached or physically present in the system Get-PnpDevice -FriendlyName "*Ethernet*" # Gets all PNP Devices with a name containing "Ethernet" Get-PnpDevice -Status ERROR # Gets all PNP Devices in an errored states How to enable or disable devices To enable disable a device, simply pipe the output of Get-PnpDevice to Disable-PnpDevice or Enable-PnpDevice....

2 December 2019 · 2 min · 229 words · Aiden Arnkels-Webb
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How to fix conflicting proxy addresses in O365 when creating a mailbox

The proxy address is already being used by the proxy addresses of another mailbox Why can’t I create a mailbox at if one already exists at The Problem So, you have two (or more) domains associated with your Office 365 Exchange account. When you try to create a shared mailbox on one domain, you encounter an error stating the proxy address is already being used. For example You have two domains, lets call them domain1....

5 August 2018 · 2 min · 420 words · Aiden Arnkels-Webb