IT Pro Tuesday #90


Account Lockout Tip, MFA App, MSP Podcast & More…


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Hello IT Pro,

Happy Tuesday! This week we're looking for your favorite tech books to share with the community. Please leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most-interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops, and phones this week. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.


A Tip


Use the following XML Query on Event Viewer to find a specific user account lockout:

Event Viewer - Security - Filter Current Log - XML - Query


    <Query Id="0" Path="Security">

    <Select Path="Security">*[System[(EventID=4740)]][EventData[Data[@Name='TargetUserName'] and (Data='$UserName')]]</Select>



Note: Change $username to the actual username you want to know.

Our appreciation goes to heroz0r for this one.


A Free Tool


Reset Windows Update Agent is a script that allows you to reset the Windows Update Agent and resolve issues with Windows Update. thoumyvision finds it to be a "fantastic tool for troubleshooting windows update errors. Has a simple menu for running a number of different fixes like resetting Windows updates or doing a DISM restore health."


A Tip


ncpa.cpl will directly access the Windows Network Adapters settings. Works from both the command prompt and “Run” in all versions of Windows since Server 2003/XP.

A shout out to AntiStuart for the tip.


Another Free Tool


Authy 2FA offers multi-device, app-based MFA. Authy 2FA tokens work with any site that prompts for Google Authenticator, DUO or other TOTP-based services. Tokens automatically sync to any new device you authorize, and they’re all connected. mythofechelon prefers it, "because it gives you the option of exporting/backing-up and importing/restoring configuration, which saves a lot of time when changing devices."


A Podcast


Evolved Radio Podcast is the work of MSP consultant Todd Kane, and it explores the evolution of business and technology. Features interviews with technology experts, industry thought leaders, business leaders and other interesting minds. Thanks go to Corey Trach for the recommendation.



P.S. Bonus Free Tools


NimbleText is a fast, easy tool for text manipulation and code generation. StormyNP tells us, "Whenever someone gives me a list of items, accounts, etc., I often go to this tool to produce a quick script. Could I script a solution instead? Sure! But this is a super-quick, elegant solution for one-offs. A solid tool for your Windows-related bag-o-tricks..."

File Checksum Tool is a free application that calculates and verifies MD5, SHA-1, HAVAL, MD2, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512 hash values from any file. Appreciated by mythofechelon because it's, "free, portable, lightweight, and fast."


Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments.

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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Account Lockout Tip, MFA App, MSP Podcast & More