Monthly Archives: October 2016

PowerShell Email Processor

One of the easiest ways to dump information from PowerShell is to just send an email. In the older versions of PoSH it was a bit more code to accomplish the same thing you can do in one line of … Continue reading

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Favorite Tools and Apps

Placeholder for all of the things I have used to help me. Software (Windows): Sysinternals Suit (Free) A phenomenal set of tools from Microsoft. Free to use. Highly recommended for anyone managing Windows systems. Password Managment: KeePass (Free) Passwordstate (Enterprise + … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2016 Licensing on Server 2012 R2

As you know Windows Server 2016 was recently released and is now available to most people on the volume licensing site. You may be using a KMS server to license your Microsoft operation systems. In my environment we are using … Continue reading

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IT Checklist for New Environments

If you have to ever start working in environment due to a job change, an acquisition, or even starting a new environment, you may want to do a bit of digging before you do any work for them. These questions … Continue reading

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Moving From On Premise Lync server to Skype for Business Online (Part 2)

This starts the technical side of moving users. This guide assumes you have a working edge server, have the correct ports NAT’ed, paid certificates installed, Office 365 Azure AD sync setup, domains validated in O365, and a healthy Lync environment.

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PowerShell and Exception Reporting

So I have a lot of scripts and some of these scripts run as windows services. Well… they run under NSSM in PowerShell as a windows service in infinite loops. So you won’t see the output of the console. I … Continue reading

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PowerShell and MS SQL

PowerShell can be great for gathering and manipulating data but storing it to file isn’t always the best way to manage and maintain data. For almost all my scripts I’m using the below SQL function to store data in MS … Continue reading

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Great Windows Commands

Here are some of the best things I’ve found in Windows. I try to learn as many commands as I can as they work the same across almost all versions. Command Prompt: start The start command has been really helpful … Continue reading

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Moving From On Premise Lync server to Skype for Business Online (Part 1)

Recently I was tasked with evaluating the use of Skype for Business (also known as Lync Online) versus an on premise solution. Overall the migration went very smooth. The hardest part was putting together all of the information to accomplish … Continue reading

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Recommended Readings

Here are a few books I recommend reading. They have helped me quite a bit in my IT career. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win Oct 16, 2014 by Gene Kim and Kevin … Continue reading

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