Introducing Microsoft’s OFFICIAL Windows Azure PowerShell Module!

Hello folks! Today, Microsoft has officially announced the availability of a new PowerShell module to help manage Windows Azure features! In order to obtain this module, you will need to download the Web Platform Installer 4.0 (x64, x86). Once you’ve installed the Web Platform Installer 4.0, you’ll need to search for “PowerShell” and install the “Windows Azure PowerShell” package from it.

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Octopus: A .NET Release Management Tool

Introduction To give you a little background, I started a job back in mid-January which has taken me from doing Microsoft infrastructure engineering to doing more software development related work. I’ve never worked in a professional development environment before, and this job has been a real eye-opener for me in many different ways. I’m learning … Read moreOctopus: A .NET Release Management Tool

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

PowerShell: Making WebDAV Configuration Edits on Server 2008

If you’re configuring a Windows Server 2008 system to be a ConfigMgr site system, you may have noticed that you need to make some changes to the WebDAV configuration in IIS. Unfortunately, making those changes through the IIS GUI doesn’t always work quite right. Instead of digging around inside of an XML file though, you … Read morePowerShell: Making WebDAV Configuration Edits on Server 2008

Deploying Windows 7 RSAT

If you’ve got a large number of Windows 7 machines that you’ve already deployed, but now need to silently deploy the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), you’re in luck. It’s quite simple to do, and Microsoft provides the necessary tools to automate this deployment. The RSAT pack is downloaded as a MSU file, so it … Read moreDeploying Windows 7 RSAT

Troubleshooting Failed Software Updates in ConfigMgr

Hello, I just wanted to take a few moments to share the thought process that I use to troubleshoot failing software updates in Configuration Manager. On several occasions for me, this has been the most straightforward method of figuring out why an update is failing, and determining how to resolve the issue. How to Manually … Read moreTroubleshooting Failed Software Updates in ConfigMgr

Adobe Reader 9 Customization Tool Bug

I would like to take a few minutes to relay a story of a bug in Adobe’s Customization Wizard version 9 that causes Adobe Reader 9.x browser integration to fail. If you are seeing the symptom in the screenshot below (“The Adobe Acrobat/Reader that is running can not be used to view PDF files in … Read moreAdobe Reader 9 Customization Tool Bug