Key Techniques to Record a Great Video

I’ve been doing more video recordings lately, in favor of doing blog posts, and other forms of social media content sharing. Well, that doesn’t include Twitter. I’m on there way too much, and it’s a great way to share “nuggets” of information in a matter of seconds, instead of minutes or hours. It is a … Read moreKey Techniques to Record a Great Video

High CPU Utilization Bug on Windows 10 RTM

I’ve been running the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM build, using Native VHD Boot, on my Dell Latitude E6430 ever since it came out on July 29th. Since then, I have mostly had a good experience with it, however there have been some setbacks. The largest setback that I’ve noticed is that my laptop consumes significant … Read moreHigh CPU Utilization Bug on Windows 10 RTM

Subscribe to E-mail Updates for GitHub Project Releases

If you’re like me, you probably like to ensure that your software is up-to-date on your system at all times. I’m a heavy user of the Microsoft Azure PowerShell automation module, which is actively developed on a GitHub source code repository. I need to make sure that I am promptly notified about updates to this … Read moreSubscribe to E-mail Updates for GitHub Project Releases

PowerShell: Retrieve Azure Storage Blob Containers Asynchronously

Background When you’re working with the Microsoft Azure platform, as a developer or an IT pro, you will almost certainly leverage the Microsoft Azure Storage service. The top-level object in the Azure Storage service is called a “Storage Account.” Each Storage Account can contain the following types of storage objects: Azure Files (SMB) shares (PaaS … Read morePowerShell: Retrieve Azure Storage Blob Containers Asynchronously

PowerShell: A first-timer’s perspective of PowerCLI

This blog post is a description of my first experience playing around with PowerCLI, which is VMware’s PowerShell module for managing vSphere servers. I haven’t really dealt with VMware much in my past, other than VMware Workstation, so I thought it was exciting to get the chance to play around with PowerShell & VMware together!

I won’t bore you with the installation details, and I’ll get right to firing it up. There’s a shortcut to launch PowerCLI in the Start Menu, and it’s got a custom icon on it, which makes it easily recognizable on the Windows Taskbar.

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PowerShell: Creating Active Directory Managed Service Accounts

Hey folks,

I’ve recently been trying to learn more about Active Directory Managed Service Accounts (MSAs), which are basically self-managing service accounts. You don’t have to manage the Service Principal Name (SPN) or password for MSAs, which makes them very good choices for running applications. You can read more about MSAs on Microsoft Technet at this URL.

Similar to MSAs are local “virtual accounts.” These do not have password to manage, and they can automatically manage their SPNs. These are not within the scope of discussion, however there are some links in the References section, which might help you to get more information about them.

Creating a Group Managed Service Account with PowerShell

I’ve been trying to create a MSA using PowerShell using the command below, but I kept getting an error. There is a Technet discussion forum post that addresses this same issue. In my scenario, I was running the command on a Windows Server 2012 domain controller.

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PowerShell: Integrate Invocation of AutoIT Scripts

Although PowerShell is an incredibly powerful automation platform [primarily] for Microsoft Windows systems, it does have some gaps that other tools can fill. One of those tools is called AutoIT, which many of you are probably familiar with prior to reading this. AutoIT can handle GUI automation much more easily than PowerShell, and is therefore … Read morePowerShell: Integrate Invocation of AutoIT Scripts

PowerShell / ConfigMgr: Retrieve List of Client Names by Collection ID

Here’s a simple PowerShell script that you can use to retrieve a list of system names based off of a collection ID in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007. This has not been tested against collections that contain anything except system resources (computers objects in SCCM). Use at your own risk. # … Read morePowerShell / ConfigMgr: Retrieve List of Client Names by Collection ID

Office 2010 SP1: Silent Installation

Just the other day, Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). To deploy the update via software distribution in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007, or simply via script, you can use the following command line: officesuite2010sp1-kb2460049-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /quiet /norestart As a best practice I always try to use any available logging … Read moreOffice 2010 SP1: Silent Installation