Do IT Remotely

A few days ago I was in with my boss and he asked me to perform a particular bit of maintenance during off-hours.  ‘Just come into the office tonight after Taekwondo and do it… it shouldn’t take you very long.’  He was right, and I almost did… and then I remembered that in 2014 there… Continue reading Do IT Remotely

Meet Dr. Scripto

While I am sure most of you are not familiar with this crazy character, I suspect a lot of you use the tools that he represents.  You see, this is Dr. Scripto.  I am not sure which delusional drunk came up with the idea and design of the character, but I think it is a… Continue reading Meet Dr. Scripto

Standardize your Hosts: Simplify your Life

For several years I have been speaking and writing about desktop deployment to standardize your client system environment.  What about your servers? What about your hypervisors?  A couple of years ago VMware introduced Host Profiles into vCenter Server which allow you to take all of the settings from one host and then apply them to… Continue reading Standardize your Hosts: Simplify your Life

Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

HELP! Mitch, you told me that I should learn Server Core and I am trying, but you also told me that it wasn’t a problem to add the GUI back into a Server Core machine if I really needed it.  How do I do that? This is a question I have gotten a few times… Continue reading Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

Server Core: Save money.

I remember an internal joke floating around Microsoft in 2007, about a new way to deploy Windows Server.  There was an ad campaign around Windows Vista at the time that said ‘The Wow Starts Now!’  When they spoke about Server Core they joked ‘The Wow Stops Now!’ Server Core was a new way to deploy… Continue reading Server Core: Save money.

Building the IT Camp with PowerShell Revisited

I always said I am not hard to please… I only need perfection.  So when I wrote my PowerShell script to build my environment the other day I was pleased with myself… until I realized a huge flaw in it.  Generation 1. Actually to be fair, there is nothing wrong with Generation 1 virtual machines… Continue reading Building the IT Camp with PowerShell Revisited

Building an IT Camp with PowerShell

I have been telling people for a couple of years that if they want to ensure a good future in the IT field there are two things to learn: System Center and PowerShell.  I unfortunately am quite good with one, but have been referring to myself as a scripting luddite for quite some time.  It… Continue reading Building an IT Camp with PowerShell

Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows PowerShell

Warning: The following post was written by a scripting luddite.  The author readily admits that he would have difficulty coding his way out of a paper bag, and if the fate of the world depended on his ability to either write code or develop software then you had better start hoarding bottled water and cans… Continue reading Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows PowerShell

Windows 8: Keeping it Clean!

While I am usually fond of the extra apps that Microsoft puts into Windows 8, I know that for most IT environments they will be more of a hassle than anything.  The following is the PowerShell script that Ben Hunter (SOLUTION ARCHITECT, Desktop – Microsoft Corp.) uses to remove the built-in applications.  Of course, you… Continue reading Windows 8: Keeping it Clean!

From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro. In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core. Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT… Continue reading From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

Free License for NetCmdlets!

Register and get the license, it’s free until Christmas!  Use it, but first, get the license!  It’s free until Christmas.  It’s not an MVP thing, it’s a promo.  You can share with everybody!! http://www.powershellinside.com/promo/xmas/?utm_source=PowerShellInside&utm_campaign=d243a54cf2-PowerShell_NetCmdlets&utm_medium=email