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SharePoint 2013

Configuring system-wide proxy for .NET web applications, including SharePoint

Several years ago, I wrote about setting proxy settings to enable the SharePoint App Store to work when running behind a web proxy and about resolving it when running HTTPS/SSL. Today, I want to revisit that solution since we found problems with it in the enterprise setting.  The solution I found originally was to configure web.config […]

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PowerShell

Power disguised as command line – 10 reasons SysAdmins should learn PowerShell scripting

I’m a big proponent of learning PowerShell as an administrator, engineer or any other practitioner role. And I think you should learn it.  It is the path to the future. The pipeline.  I’ve written a blog post in my head many times about the PowerShell pipeline.  I think it is the single feature that makes […]

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PowerShell

HP releases BIOS PowerShell cmdlets

HP has introduced another batch of over 90 PowerShell cmdlets with a focus on BIOS management.  The new batch of cmdlets joins two previous batches of cmdlets that allow management of iLO, the onboard IP management interface on ProLiant servers,  and for Onboard Administrator, the primary management interface on HP’s BladeSystem hardware. OneView introduced the ability […]

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Microsoft

Realizing the benefits of a Microsoft Premier support agreement

I do not normally get excited when talking about technical support but Microsoft Premier is different. The goal with having a Premier contract is that you will be more proactive, and try to locate and resolve issues before they become bigger problems. By purchasing this agreement you will also have access to an account manager […]

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Microsoft

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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dl380g7

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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IE

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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vmware

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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Microsoft

Pass The Hash (No Really Don’t)

I attended TechEd 2014 back in May of this year and there was one session that I wanted to share called “TWC: Pass-the-Hash and Credential Theft Mitigation Architectures”. The part from the session that I wanted to focus on was regarding administrative privileges. Credential theft has become a serious problem in today’s world where everyone […]

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