PS without BS: Showing a popup box and killing it

This is a simple solution for those wanting to show a popup box, but not leave it up indefinitely. This may be useful if you are in a process and want to show an error, but don’t actually leave it up overnight, maybe kill it at some point so processing can continue. Here is the…

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PS without BS: Replacing Select Case True

This is a short blog to describe how to replace VBScript’s brilliant “Select Case True” with PowerShell. Instead of evaluating one variable, what happens when you need to evaluate multiple variables and make sure that one of them returns true? Instead of multiple “if” statements, VBScript used Select Case True. PowerShell can do the same….

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When SQL has no certificate…

Yesterday I posted a blog on how to identify the SQL Certificate used. I had some questions come from this, and the biggest one was, but what if the registry key is blank? Fear no more, here are steps to populate this registry key properly. I was able to reproduce this issue on a system…

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Server Core: Navigating an old but new world

Lately, I’ve done a lot of posting on Server Core and one thing I’ve neglected to write on is how you actually navigate in this new world. Starting with Windows Server 1709 (and at the time of this writing), the “current branch” models of Windows Server will not have a GUI and your one and…

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PS without BS: Finding the SQL Cert and trusting it to a remote system

This was an interesting case, and surprisingly didn’t really find anything on how to do this out there. But, the problem statement was simple. When trying to connect to SQL (this was PowerBI, but was the same for SSMS), this error showed up: A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error…

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Upgrading SQL Server on Windows Server Core

This, thankfully is a quick and easy blog discussing the how’s of an upgrade to SQL Server 2017 from SQL Server 2016 on Server Core. After looking around, seeing product docs with about 2 million pages of info on it, where was the simple upgrade approach? So, my environment is very simple: One SQL Server…

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Upgrading MDT on Server Core

So, in my previous blog on PS without BS: Building MDT and WSUS on Server Core, I outlined how to install MDT on Server Core, along with some other components. So, it’s upgrade time, and 8443 has turned into 8450. Now how do we update? We do this on both the server itself, and also…

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Windows 10 and File Recovery

There were a lot of features in Windows 10 that were “different” to previous versions, and some changes were cosmetic, some were more useful. Among one of the most useful features I found was something called “File History” in Windows 10. For the record, File History isn’t exactly a new feature, it was in Windows…

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Lee’s Word Troubleshooting Guide

This is part of a series of my notes and troubleshooting guides referring to Microsoft Office. They are all listed here: Lee’s Excel Troubleshooting Guide Lee’s Outlook Troubleshooting Guide Lee’s Word Troubleshooting Guide For those looking to recover data from corrupted files, I’ll spoil it, it’s below. 🙂 Also, here’s a link to another blog…

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Active Directory and the impact on Schema Updates

There are some considerations in modifying the Active Directory schema. I am hoping this will be helpful to others that may have similar questions. Despite the short intro, let’s get into the details: Main player: The Schema Master The Schema Master is one of the 5 FSMO roles in Active Directory. By default, the first…

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