I’m not a fan of Co-Pilot. Jerk.

Disable CoPilot/AI features on Windows 11, you can follow these steps:

  1. Remove CoPilot from the Taskbar:
    • Go to Settings > Personalization.
    • Scroll down and select Taskbar.
    • Toggle off CoPilot.
  2. Disable CoPilot Completely:
    • Click Start and search for “gpedit” to open the Group Policy Editor.
    • Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows CoPilot.
    • Double-click Turn off Windows CoPilot.
    • Click Enabled, then Apply, and OK.

To allow it back into your life follow the Disable steps and change Enabled back to Not Configured.

Updating MikroTik from terminal

I’m always forgetting the commands so here’s the short easy version

From the Terminal menu

#hopefully it says “status: installation is ok”

#if you’re upgrading from 6 to 7 it needs to know that.. If not skip the below line.
system package update set channel=upgrade

#check for updates
system package update check-for-updates

#get the update
system package update download

system reboot

#that’s it.

pfSense on Hyper-V running slow?

Obviously I switched back to Hyper-V but my environment is built for 2gig internet. Speedtests were south of 1meg… So on each Hyper-V host I ran this powershell command for each external vmswitch to clear it up..

Set-VMSwitch -Name "The switch name" -EnableSoftwareRsc $false


Set-VMSwitch -Name External -EnableSoftwareRsc $false
Set-VMSwitch -Name Bridge -EnableSoftwareRsc $false

Exchange Online easy forward rule

A really basic single line way to create new mail flow email redirection with Exchange Online, probably onprem too. The to address can be internal or external and there will be an alert that the rule has been created.

From your favorite Exchange CLI. I personally like from the Azure portal open the CLI and run Connect-EXOPSSession then I can run all my Exchange commands from whatever computer I currently have access to.


New-TransportRule -Name AmericasNextTopForwardRule -Priority 69 -Enabled $true -SentTo theoldaddress@awwfuckitsbroken.it -RedirectMessageTo thenewaddress@awwfuckitsbroken.it

Exchange Online mailbox too big?

Patience is important, messages might not start vanishing for a few hours but quota is freed up.

Hoping you have Exchange Online Plan 2 license so you really have the over 50 GB available.

Set-Mailbox thebigbox@windrammer.net -ProhibitSendQuota 98GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 99GB -IssueWarningQuota 97GB

Clean up things? Again, it may take a few hours to see the numbers start shrinking.

Change that hold to just 0 days then?

Set-Mailbox thebigbox@windrammer.net -RetainDeletedItemsFor 0

Make sure there’s no litigation hold on anything?

Set-Mailbox thebigbox@windrammer.net -RemoveDelayReleaseHoldApplied

The run a clean up?

Start-ManagedFolderAssistant -Identity thebigbox@windrammer.net

Extra Cleanups

Search-mailbox -Identity thebigbox@windrammer.net -SearchDumpsterOnly -DeleteContent -Force
Start-ManagedFolderAssistant -Identity “thebigbox@windrammer.net ” -HoldCleanup

Work From Home Companies

VMWare – https://careers.vmware.com/main/

HomeDepot – https://hdsupply.jobs/us/en

Amazon – https://amazon.jobs/en/

Wells Fargo – https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers

ADP – https://jobs.adp.com/

SAP – https://www.sap.com/career

CVS – https://jobs.cvshealth.com/

USDA – https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/careers

A Place For Mom – https://www.aplaceformom.com/about/careers