Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

Hello everyone, I’m Preston K. Parsard, specializing in Platforms, Azure Infrastructure and Automation topics, and I’d like to share some insights for securing PowerShell credentials using certificates. This post is based on a recent customer project, but we’ll also wrap a story around it on behalf of our made-up friends at our fictitous company Adatum.com…. Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Microsoft Azure Introducing the new Azure PowerShell… Read more

RSAT on Windows 10 1809 in Disconnected Environments

Hello everyone, Ty McPherson here, along with some fellow engineers Andreas Pacius and Edwin Gaitan, and we wanted to put together and share some information to help you setup Remote Server Administration Tools with Windows 10 1809. Starting with Windows 10 v1809 the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is now a Feature on Demand (FoD)…. Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (November, 2018)

Hi there! This is Stanislav Belov here, and you are reading the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Microsoft Azure A window… Read more

Unsticking Windows Updates That Are Stuck In Their Tracks

Hello everyone, Matt Novitsch (SCCM Premier Field Engineer) with Craig McCarty (Platforms Premier Field Engineer) here to talk to you about a method of unsticking stuck Windows Updates. We have seen this several times with customers and on our own machines where Windows Updates are stuck downloading, installing, or failing to install for a variety… Read more

Extending Hardware Inventory for System Center Configuration Manager

Hello everyone, Jonathan Warnken here, and I am a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft. I primarily support Configuration Manager and I have been getting a lot of questions recently on how to collect custom information and include it in the device inventory within Configuration Manager. I wanted to share one way to accomplish this that… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (September, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Microsoft Azure Azure AD B2B Collaboration support… Read more

How To Find Removable AppxPackages

My name is Benjamin Morgan and today I want to discuss the AppxPackages in Windows 10. Recently I had a customer looking at upgrading to Windows 10 1803 and they sent me a list of apps that they wanted to remove and asked what other apps could be removed as well. We have a list… Read more

Configuring a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use SQL Database

Introduction Hi! Thank you for visiting this blog to find out more about how you can configure a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use an SQL database instead of the “Devices.edb” solution we currently use. Since you made it his far I assume that you’re already familiar with PowerShell and PowerShell Desired State Configuration… Read more

Windows PowerShell Profiles Processing Illustrated

Hello everyone! My name is Preston K. Parsard (Platforms PFE) here again this time for a procedural review of PowerShell profiles. Now I realize that this topic is already well documented and in fact, have included some great references at the end of this post, where you can find more information. What I can offer… Read more