How to Deploy OVA / OVF Template Using VMware vSphere Desktop Client

Deploy OVF Template Note: The current version of vCenter in the example below is version 5.5. To deploy an OVF template, open the vSphere Desktop Client. On the top-left, click File and select Deploy OVF Template. In the next window, browse to the path containing the OVA file. In the example shown, I am deploying VMware vShield Manager 5.5.2 Build 1912200. The OVF template details will […]

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DevOps Foundation Certification

Feels really good getting this certification, it helps validate what I have been doing for the past year or so within DevOps. Description: The DevOps Foundation Certification course is an introduction to DevOps the cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. […]

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Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

After a month of intense studying and practicing for the Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment exam (AZ-100) I took it in April and passed. This exam earned me the Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification. What materials did I use to study? Udemy – Azure Administrator Exam Certification by Scott Duffy PluralSight – Azure Administrator Courses by Mike Pfeiffer Practice Exams – […]

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Create Bootable Windows Server 2016 USB Thumb Drive for Installing OS

If you do not have the media, you will need to download.  See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview for the Technical Preview.  You could also download from MSDN.MICROSOFT.COM or other subscription service. 1) Double-click the ISO file to mount it  (or mount the ISO) and make note of the drive letter.  In my case it is drive I: 2) Put in the USB Thumb Drive Key in the computer and […]

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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 2012: Installation

Windows Server Update Services Prerequisites Before you begin installing the WSUS role on Windows Server 2012, the server should meet the following prerequisites: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 must be installed on the WSUS server. The Network Service account must have full access to the %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files and %windir%\Temp file paths. The account you use to install WSUS must be a member of the Local […]

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PowerShell: Alert me when Disk Space is running low on my Windows Servers (E-Mail Notification)

With this PowerShell script you can get an email notification when your disk space is running low on your Windows Servers. PowerShell Script: function getDiskFreeSpace { Get-WmiObject Win32_Volume -computername $args -filter “drivetype = 3” | Select-Object _SERVER, Name, @{Name=”Size(GB)”;Expression={“{0:N1}” -f($.Capacity/1gb)}},@{Name=”FreeSpace(GB)”;Expression={“{0:N1}” -f($_.freespace/1gb)}},@{Name=”FreeSpacePerCent”;Expression={“{0:P0}” -f($_.freespace/$_.capacity)}} | Where-Object -FilterScript {$_.FreeSpacePerCent -lt 95} | Sort-Object -property “FreeSpacePerCent” | Format-Table } ForEach($s in Get-Content c:\Temp\serverlist.txt) { […]

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Must have PowerShell Tool for SysAdmins

Hey Guys, as a Windows SysAdmin some of your primary tools is Active Directory and PowerShell. I want to share this tool I found online from Patrick Gruenauer – Author of https://sid-500.com/ You can download the tool from here: https://sid-500.com/2018/05/22/active-directory-domain-services-section-version-1-1/ Active Directory Domain Services Section What can we do with it? This is the question for this part. I wanna […]

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Useful PowerShell Scripts/Commands

Step 1: Get-Help, Get-Command, Get-Member and Get-Alias Thanks to Justin for pointing out that I left out probably the most useful command. Get-Help. I’ve added some of my other favorite commands for learning as well, which I still use almost daily. Get-Help is an amazingly useful command and is quite versatile. Get-Help Get-WMIObject – Will output basic help and tips […]

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Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certified

Today I passed the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 exam 🙂 !!! “This exam is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.” I plan to earn more Azure certs in the near future. you can read more about it here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-900.aspx

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Volume Activation for Windows: Configuring KMS with AD Roles for Windows 2012 / 2012R2

Configuring KMS with Windows 2012 Server Roles Step-By-Step Installing the Volume Services Role for KMS To begin the installation of the KMS host in the Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 machine, begin by adding a role: On the next screen, select Role-based or feature-based installation: Select the server where the roles will be installed: On the Add Roles and Features Wizard, select Volume Activation Services. […]

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