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Using PowerShell to compare a registry key before and after a change

So, while deploying IE 11, it became evident that something was happening in the IE settings that affected the display of certain webpages.  If we ran an IE Reset in the browser and set all the default settings, the sites would work fine, but after a while a policy or some change was occurring to […]

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Installing Windows 2012 R2 on ProLiant DL380 G7 without SmartStart

Since HP SmartStart CD went the way of the dodo bird before Windows 2012 R2 was released, HP ProLiants older than a Gen8 require administrators to manually install Windows 2012 R2.  On ProLiant Gen8 and higher, you have Intelligent Provisioning – the replacement for SmartStart – embedded on the system, but this isn’t available on […]

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Installing and Configuring HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console

Back in December, HP was showing off the new StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) at HP Discover in Barcelona.  In January, the product was released to the public and I have been testing it in my environment.  The installation is straight forward, with one gotcha on Windows for the 2.0 release.   The product is available on Microsoft […]

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ExcellenceInIT

Great advice for building a successful IT career

If you’ve spent any time at all in the IT field, you know that there is a lot more than just being skilled with computers needed to be successful in the IT industry.  There’s a range of life skills needed that surround your technical competence that will help to make you successful.  Author Warren Zabloudil […]

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Force IE 11 Enterprise Mode to update a HTTP-hosted site list

I have been spending a good bit of time implementing and learning about Internet Explorer 11’s Enterprise Mode. This feature is great of the enterprise because it allows administrators to tell IE exactly which version, or document mode, of IE to mimic for specific websites.  Previous versions of IE had Compatibility Mode, but this feature […]

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Introducing ‘PowerCLI Cookbook’, the step-by-step guide to adopting PowerCLI

If you’ve noticed that my blog posts have been a bit light over the last year, I am happy to finally tell why.  Last week, my first book published.  It was many months in the making, a lot of effort and it is now in the wild.  PowerCLI Cookbook is written to be a guide for beginners […]

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How the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual improves deployment times

Back in December at HP Discover EMEA, I had a chance to speak with several folks who walked me through the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual solution and specifically how this solution streamlines deployment times and processes for a self-contained VMware environment. The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual consists of 4 identical nodes that resemble a blade, but without […]

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Book Review: VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Data Center Administration

Last October, I sat for and passed the VCAP5-DCA exam.  One of the resources that I used to prepare for the exam was the official certification guide book written by Steve Baca and John Davis.  This book unpacks the blueprint of the VCAP5-DCA exam and goes over all of the required sections that you will need to […]

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Adjusting UEFI boot order on ProLiant DL580 Gen8

When HP introduced the ProLiant DL580 Gen8 last February, HP also launched it’s new UEFI firmware, which replaced traditional BIOS and became the standard across all ProLiant Gen9 servers introduced last September.  Typically, the powerhouse ProLiant DL580 servers lag behind the introduction of other generational servers and the Gen8 model was no different, being introduced well […]

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Enabling Change Block Tracking (CBT) with PowerCLI Script

Change Block Tracking (CBT) is a technology in VMware used to record all the changed data within a VMDK file so that when backup software runs incremental backups, it knows exactly what has changed and can send only differences to the backup software.  This is a technology that greatly improves backup speed and efficiency by […]

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