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Dan Franciscus
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A day in the life of a thirtysomething Sysadmin
I am not sure about you, but I sometimes wonder what other peoples lives are like day-to-day. I thought I would do a deep dive into a typical day of mine, a thirtysomething Husband, Father, Windows sysadmin. 4:30 am - My one year old daughter is crying. Not...

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Recompiling Chocolatey packages
Chocolatey is a very popular tool among system administrators as it helps automate package management for Windows. Since Chocolatey can be used completely with a CLI, you can programmatically create, install and uninstall packages locally and remotely. One ...

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Recompiling Chocolatey packages
Chocolatey is a very popular tool among system
administrators as it helps automate package management for Windows. Since
Chocolatey can be used completely with a CLI, you can programmatically
create, install and uninstall packages locally and remotely. One ...

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Use PowerShell to create your Fantasy Football Draft order
With the NFL season upon us, Fantasy Football owners are starting to research and plan out which players they will draft. One of the hot topics is always the order of the draft, which if left to the commissioners, can be create a feeling of disapproval. The...

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How to Access ESXCLI with PowerCLI
If you have worked with vSphere, chances are you have had to perform some tasks on an ESXi host using ESXCLI. This command line interface created by VMware enables you to perform such tasks as installing software, configuring NIC adapters or seting firewall...

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Windows 10 in-place upgrade with PowerShell and MDT
In this article, I will demonstrate how to use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and PowerShell to create a reusable in-place upgrade process for domain-joined computers. This is a completely automated process. Thus, no end-user interaction is necessary, a...

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Using Install-VUMPatch PowerCLI function
Patching vSphere is fairly straightforward using vSphere Update Manager. You can let vCenter/VUM automate the patching of an entire datacenter or cluster if you want. Many VMware professionals prefer to have more control over how their clusters get patched,...

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Capture network traces with the PowerShell module NetEventPacketCapture
Every network admin will at some point need to capture and view network events to help troubleshoot network issues. The PowerShell module NetEventPacketCapture is an interesting option to capture network traces IT professionals have many tools that can enab...

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Using the Windows Defender PowerShell cmdlets
There are several ways to manage and configure Windows Defender, such as
via the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Desired State
Configuration (DSC), Intune, and Group Policy. The Defender PowerShell
module is another tool you can use. In this ...

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What version of SMB are my clients connecting to my Windows server with?
In light of the recent WannaCry attack, this simple PowerShell one liner will give you some insight into what SMB version your clients are connect to your Windows servers with. This works with any server that is running 2012 and up. This gives the current S...
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