PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 1 – Duplicate Computers

Introduction Hello World, Scott Williamson Senior Premier Field Engineer here. As a PFE, I frequently work with customers who ask how to cleanup Active Directory of old objects and data. To assist them in automating cleanup I have written several PowerShell scripts, functions, and workflows that I want to share in this blog series. Duplicate … Continue reading PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 1 – Duplicate Computers

Hyper-V On-The-Go – Enabling the Lab Engine

Boldly Going - The Shakedown Cruise In an earlier blog I laid out some basics needed to build your own portable lab. I focused on the hardware needed and the considerations you need to keep in mind to ensure a successful effort. The hardware, however, is merely a tool (albeit a useful one) and needs … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go – Enabling the Lab Engine

Hyper-V On-The-Go or “To Boldly Lab Where No-One Has Lab’d Before!”

This is an into to a multi-part series on building portable labs. Boldly Going One thing I have found invaluable throughout my career has been the ability to maintain a decent lab environment, something that has been an ongoing struggle over the years. Early on it was all about the hardware. One of my earliest … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go or “To Boldly Lab Where No-One Has Lab’d Before!”

Offline installation of OpenSSH Server on Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 has a lot of additional capabilities that can be added. Those features are easily added with the Add-WindowsCapability PowerShell cmdlet. When adding a capability it pulls from either the Internet or a WSUS server. Sometimes the capability needs to be added in an offline environment where there is no Internet and the … Continue reading Offline installation of OpenSSH Server on Windows Server 2019

Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”

The Issue Recently I was posed a question where a customer wanted their users to experience a more advanced or informative when software gets installed. They also required that data be saved so that users work are not affected. Requirements: The Mimecast for Outlook add in had to be installed (This requires Outlook to close) … Continue reading Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”

AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory. During an engagement with a customer a couple of years ago, I needed to identify some info regarding their domain controllers. They were in the process of deploying System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) at the time, but it … Continue reading AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Troubleshooting Task Overview

This is a continuation of a series on Azure AD Connect. Previous parts have mostly been focusing on the installation and configuring different user sign-in options for Azure AD. Links to these are provided in the summary section below. Now that we have covered the common setup options for Azure AD Connect, I would like … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Troubleshooting Task Overview

Moving Azure Virtual Machines to a different region

Background There are various scenarios in which you would want to move your existing Azure IaaS virtual machines (VMs) from one region to another. For example, if you already deployed in one region, and a new region support was added which is closer to the end users of your application or service. In this scenario, … Continue reading Moving Azure Virtual Machines to a different region

SCOM Effective Monitoring Configuration – Decoded

Since the advent of SCOM, one question that lingers among the admins and the end consumers is What is the effective monitoring configuration for a server or an object or an alert? Microsoft answered with Export-SCOMEffectiveMonitoringConfiguration PS Cmdlet which you can use to get effective config for an Instance (Object). This will export the data … Continue reading SCOM Effective Monitoring Configuration – Decoded