Errors Unknown and Unknowable

Every so often I encounter a problem that needs to be escalated. This one had a lot of us scratching our heads for a couple of weeks.It is a French server, but in simple terms: When trying to run the Hybrid Configuration Wizard to connect the Exchange Server to Exchange Online, we ran into myriad … Continue reading Errors Unknown and Unknowable

Importing PowerShell Modules When You Cannot Install PowerShell Modules.

**Note: This article is written around a single PowerShell module (ExchangeOnlineManagement). However, the steps will work for any PowerShell module. Have at it! –MDGPS C:\> Install-Module -Name ExchangeOnlineManagement PackageManagement\Install-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and module name 'ExchangeOnlineManagement'. Try Get-PSRepository to see all available registered module repositories. At C:\program files\powershell\6\Modules\PowerShellGet\PSModule.psm1:9491 … Continue reading Importing PowerShell Modules When You Cannot Install PowerShell Modules.

PowerShell From Afar

“Hey Mitch, I always hear you talk about running PowerShell against remote computers. How do I do that?”There are several different ways to do this, depending on what exactly you want to do.PreparationWe cannot simply create a machine and start working on it remotely. We have to enable remote management by first enabling PowerShell Remoting. … Continue reading PowerShell From Afar

The End of an Era: Internet Explorer is going away

In 1995 I got my first Internet-connected computer – a Gateway laptop with an 80386 CPU and a 14,400 baud modem. It changed my world in a number of ways:I had not had my own computer since leaving Canada two years earlier;It was my first portable computer – I loved not having to be tied … Continue reading The End of an Era: Internet Explorer is going away

Change the Way You Change Text

I remember when I first discovered the mail merge feature… it amazed the twelve-year-old me that I could write a letter once, and then AppleWorks would address that letter to the several hundred people in my database.  I was thrilled with it. Last week, I was working with a client who moved a server.  No … Continue reading Change the Way You Change Text

PowerISO: Doing it right

If you would have asked me in the late 1990s when CDs (remember CD-RW?) were starting to replace floppy drives as the primary storage method for desktop PCs and servers if we were ever going to see a day when they were obsolete, the short-sighted young adult that I was would likely have said no.  … Continue reading PowerISO: Doing it right

Drivers? Drive Me!

By now, it is likely that I do not need to explain to you that a hardware driver is a piece of software that allows your computer (through the operating system) to communicate with a hardware component.  You know that, right?  Good. You are ready to install a new operating system on your computer.  You do … Continue reading Drivers? Drive Me!

PowerShell: A Colourful Experience

One of the topics I inject into every one of my classes (and frankly, most of my customer conversations) is how to do whatever we are doing in PowerShell.  Scripting is one of the ways I make my life easier, and I recommend my students and customers use the knowledge I share to make their … Continue reading PowerShell: A Colourful Experience

Windows 7 End of Life and Extended Support

When Microsoft released Windows 7 in October, 2009 the vast majority of users (both corporate and home) were still running Windows XP.  While they had released Windows Vista three years earlier, it was never widely accepted.  The improvements over the then six-year-old operating system were revolutionary, especially for the vast majority of users who eschewed … Continue reading Windows 7 End of Life and Extended Support

Windows 10 Support Extended

I know, I am a couple of months late on this... on February 1st, 2018 Microsoft announced that it would be extending support on Windows 10 Editions 1709, 1703, and 1607.  That means that instead of having 18 months of support, you will have 24. The bad news? This applies only to the Enterprise and … Continue reading Windows 10 Support Extended

Free Will…

I am in Montreal this week, working on a friend's computer.  After twelve incredible years of service, the laptop is being replaced. But before that happens I must transfer the data to his new computer... a task made infinitely more difficult by the utter and complete infestation of his computer with malware. Aside from being … Continue reading Free Will…