How to configure Redis-Server on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 (WSL)

I recently spoke at SVDevOps’ monthly meetup in the beginning of September and one of the attendees asked if it were possible to configure Redis-Server on WSL. I didn’t have an answer at the time so I put a note in my “Blog Post Ideas” to check it out and see if I could get…


Apple 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) & How to configure Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac

As you all know, 2FA / MFA, or 2 Factor Authentication / Multi Factor Authentication is the recommended security protocol for all online accounts. If you’ve been using iCloud, formerly known as Mobile Me, for the past several years, you probably know 2FA is now available. I finally got around to enabling it on my…


How to fix Windows Error Code 0x800f081f

If you are struggling with Windows Error Code: 0x800f081f – “The source files could not be found. Use the “Source” option to specify the location of the files that are required to restore the feature. For more information on specifying a source location, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=243077″ – this post is for you. You may know you…


Luma: Surround WiFi – Review

As some of you know, I run a local VMWare ESXi server at home. This server hosts 4 essential VMs, including my Windows 10 Plex Server and an Ubuntu 16.04 server with a full LAMP stack configured to route traffic internally to various resources including media, books, Nest Admin Control panel, etc. For years I…


Mac OS X Sierra – Purgeable Space

I’m finally getting some time to sit down and catch up on some overdue blog posts. About a month ago, shortly after OS X 10.12 Sierra hit GA, I noticed an enormous amount of “purgeable” space on one of my Macs. I attempted to backup my iPhone 6 128GB iPhone to move to a 256…


So you want to learn Linux? Channel 9 video!

Over the years one of the most popular questions I’ve received from fellow systems administrators / IT Pros / ops colleagues is, “How did you learn Linux?” For many sysadmins / network admins, their wheelhouse consists of Windows based administration and this video is intended to help you get started with Linux administration. Check out…


SVCC: AzureRm Management from Any Platform and Channel 9 Video

Watch the Channel 9 Video of the Demo at https://aka.ms/azurexplat Do you have an Azure subscription or are you interested in getting started with Azure but you don’t use Windows as a primary OS? Come learn how to manage your Azure subscription from both Ubuntu and OS X using PowerShell Core based on .NET framework. In…


SVCC: Getting Started with Bash on Windows 10 Recap and Channel 9 Video

Watch the Channel 9 Video of the Demo at https://aka.ms/learnlxss In this session we covered some new features in Windows 10 and, more specifically, the addition of Bash on Ubuntu to the Windows offering. We reviewed what it is and how it works on Windows, and ultimately how to get Bash up and running on Windows 10….


Want something equivalent to the Linux Tail command but for Windows? Use PowerShell!

If you’re like me and you write a lot of scripts that take anywhere from 15 minutes to 50 minutes to complete an install, sometimes it’s nice to be able to see the log file generated as the installation completes. In Linux, I would simply use: tail -f ‘location of file’ (without quotations) to monitor…


Setting up XUbuntu 14.4 and run into display problems?

I’ve been trying to immerse myself into the Linux world quite a bit more lately and in doing so I accidentally broke my XUbuntu display settings. First, an understating of my environment — I am running Ubuntu 13 in a virtual environment with XUbuntu installed as well. My host is VMWare ESXi 5.1 and video…