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June 11, 2016
Need remote access and forgot to turn RDP access on? Argh, how to get to that server (or workstation)? PSExec comes to the rescue in…

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January 9, 2016
Hey Guys, here are some must have downloads and reading for you Exchange Admins. Preferred Architecture, Exchange Server 2016 Preferred Architecture Exchange Server 2013 Preferred Architecture …

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January 9, 2016
Microsoft has provided some great resources for you to analyse your environment and make an informed decision. Check out the Network planning and performance tuning for Office…

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DSC Resource Naming Guidelines

On December 8, 2017Source: PowerShell Team Blog

When DSC was announced at TechEd 2013, one of the goals was to “Create an ecosystem”. The ecosystem for DSC has grown tremendously in the last 4 years. At worldwide events for PowerShell (PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit, PowerShell Conference EU, PowerShell Conference Asia) there have been presentations lead by people actively using DSC to discuss real world, success, challenges, and... Read moreRead more

Prerelease Versioning Added to PowerShellGet and PowerShell Gallery

On December 6, 2017Source: PowerShell Team Blog

With the release of PowerShellGet 1.6.0, PowerShellGet cmdlets and the PowerShell Gallery have added support for prerelease strings for prerelease versions of modules and scripts. You can now publish items to the PowerShell Gallery with a version like 1.0.0-alpha, and you can download items identified as a prerelease. Items can be filtered using prerelease version... Read moreRead more

PowerShell Core 6 Release Candidate

On November 18, 2017Source: PowerShell Team Blog

PowerShell Core 6 Release Candidate Last year, we announced that PowerShell was not only Open Source, but also cross platform.  The finish line is in sight and we recently published the Release Candidate for PowerShell Core 6! PowerShell Team ♥ Community It has been an amazing experience for the team working with the community on PowerShell Core... Read moreRead more

DSC Resource Kit Release November 2017

On November 16, 2017Source: PowerShell Team Blog

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 10 DSC resource modules. In these past 6 weeks, 53 pull requests have been merged and 50 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: SecurityPolicyDsc xAdcsDeployment xComputerManagement xDnsServer xExchange xNetworking xPSDesiredStateConfiguration xSQLServer xStorage... Read moreRead more

Azure Automation DSC Pricing Flexibility

On November 14, 2017Source: PowerShell Team Blog

Today we would like to share a new flexible pricing strategy for managing server nodes using Azure Automation to deliver PowerShell Desired State Configuration, giving you greater control over costs of managing on-premises nodes. As you might already know, Azure Automation DSC (Azure DSC) is a managed service that is free when used to manage... Read moreRead more


Don’t build your cloud home on shaky foundations

On December 5, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Security

You probably wouldn’t furnish a house you’re building with a state of the art entertainment system without first installing doors and an alarm system. Similarly, it isn’t advisable to put valuable…Read more

Introducing Azure Automation watcher tasks public preview

On November 28, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > IT Pro/DevOps

Azure Automation has the ability to integrate and automate processes across Azure and on-premises environments using a hybrid worker. This hybrid management capability has been extended to now deliver an automatic response to events in your datacenter using watcher tasks.Read more

Performance best practices for using Azure Database for PostgreSQL

On December 6, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Virtual Machines

Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL at Build 2017 which is a simple, fully managed database service for PostgreSQL and MySQL that removes the…Read more

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: December 2017 Digest

On December 7, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > IT Pro/DevOps

This post series provides the latest updates and news for Visual Studio Team Services and is a great way for Azure users to keep up-to-date with new features being released every three weeks. Visual Studio Team Services offers the best DevOps tooling to create an efficient continuous integration and release pipeline to Azure.Read more

How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs

On December 12, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Cloud Strategy

This blog post will review how engineering model transformations, driven by cloud requirements, resulted in several improvements in how we build, ship and service SQL Server.Read more

Don’t build your cloud home on shaky foundations

On December 5, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Virtual Machines

You probably wouldn’t furnish a house you’re building with a state of the art entertainment system without first installing doors and an alarm system. Similarly, it isn’t advisable to put valuable…Read more

Partners enhance Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers

On December 7, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Cloud Strategy

Yesterday, Microsoft made some exciting announcements about new serverless and DevOps capabilities we’ll be contributing to the community. We announced Virtual Kubelet, the next version Kubernetes…Read more

Microsoft expands scope of Singapore MTCS certification

On December 12, 2017Microsoft Azure Blog > Security

I am pleased to announce the renewal of the Singapore Multi-Tier Could Security (MTCS) Certification Level 3.Read more

Exhange Online and “Cannot process argument transformation on parameter…” RBAC error.

Source: Planet PowerShell

So today I was trying to create some RBAC roles for our IT support. All I wanted to do is to create a new RBAC role and then add some cmdlets that were missing there – it was about message tracking. Apart from that thing I find seriously messed up is a fact that role … Continue reading Exhange Online and “Cannot process argument transformation on parameter…” RBAC error.Read more

X500 addresses – where is the beef?

Source: Planet PowerShell

Here is a great site that explains why x500 is needed and when it is used in on-prem and hybrid scenarios: https://eightwone.com/2013/08/12/legacyexchangedn-attribute-myth/ Also, here is a little bit related subject about how to marry together a local AD account and already created o365 mailbox: http://techgenix.com/match-office-365-mailbox-new-premises-user-hybrid-deployment/ Good article about history of x500: https://wRead more

Introducing ‘PSDecode’ Powershell Module [v0.9.0]

Source: Planet PowerShell

PowerShell based module that can decode System Errors, Exit codes, port numbers, HTTP Statuses and MAC Vendors. This module can be used to quick lookup Error descriptions, to add verbosity to your custom error messages and for a better Error Handling, Investigation, and Analysis. Technically the module offers a set of cmdlets that query a database of Error/Exit codes, port numbers, and MAC addresses which totals to 83049Read more

Using a Specific Security Protocol in PowervRA

Source: Planet PowerShell

A few months ago we had an issue logged in PowervRA where it was not possible to make a connection to the vRA appliance after it had been locked down following the VMware hardening guide. Specifically this was because SSLv3/TLSv1 (weak ciphers) had been disabled. By default, Windows PowerShell 5.1 has the following Security Protocols available, Ssl3 … Continue reading Using a Specific Security Protocol in PowervRARead more

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks. I’m Living Proof

Source: Planet PowerShell

I started out scripting with batch files when I was about eight years old. As a kid, I preferred sitting on the computer with no internet connection to script things rather than go outside and play with friends. I’ve always had a passion for scripting and automation. Back then, we used to have autoexec.bat files. I’d create elaborate menus of how I wanted to boot it up and how much RAM that I wanted to set aside. 64Read more