Get-NetConnectionProfile for Windows 7

As customers are still working with Windows 7 and PowerShell (PS) versions before 3.0, sometimes there are work a rounds needed. You can upgrade your PS version on Windows 7 to a newer version, but that’s not always an option for everyone. One of the newer cmdlets available in PS 3+ is the Get-NetConnectionProfile that…

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FieldNote: Scanned firewall, found TCP ports open: 25, 80, 443

One time, I had a phone call from the ISP for the company I was working at and they said they did a firewall scan without notifying us. Ok, thanks for that, but next time, be honest and let us know when you are going to perform a penetration test and we’ll be happy to…

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Buying a car

What? Why are talking about buying a car? I was at lunch the other day with some engineers and we got to talking about new cars. I’d mentioned how I had not done a lot of due diligence in the past and planned to make that change next time. Since I have to rent lots…

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FieldNote: Palm pilot double side taped to server

An IT staff member found a Palm Pilot stuck to the underside of a server. It was held there with double sided tape and had a cord running out of the device. The engineer followed the cord, found out it was plugged into the core network switch in the data center. It was packet sniffing…

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Exchange Server 2010 with Window Server 2016 Domain Controllers

I recently wrote a blog post, and have since updated it, about the Exchange supportability matrix, stating that Exchange 2010 could not be run anywhere, within a forest with even a single Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller (DC). The Exchange product group has now updated that stance with the June 2018 updates. You must install…

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DAG’s spread across multi-domains?

Q: Can you spread an Exchange DAG (Database Availability Group) between two domains? A: No. Now the story: Say you have a single forest named: Contoso.com. In that forest, you have two child domains: East.Contoso.com and West.Contoso.com. You also have Exchange servers deployed in both East and West domains, but none in the root domain….

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PowerShell thought process

One important aspect of leveraging PowerShell is to adjust your mindset. Listed are some topics to consider: Automate: Create scripts, functions, and modules to automate manual tasks. If you function up routine tasks, you and others can quickly and easily complete work duties more efficiently. Delegate: Once the functions and modules are built and deployed,…

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Free Azure Student Accounts

Q: I’m a student and don’t have access to a credit card, but I want to learn about cloud computing and Azure, is that possible? A: YES! Students can start building your cloud future with Azure. Leverage the power of Azure, with over 25 apps to start to work with and study how the cloud…

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Denver based PowerShell user group

User groups are a fantastic way to meet up with people that share similar interests. We have setup consistent meeting times/location for the Denver based User Group to discuss PowerShell. While there are many User Groups on many topics, this one is focused on PowerShell. The Denver PowerShellers Group currently uses the meetup.com website. There…

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Schema Administrator has a mailbox?

Q: Why does the Schema Admin have a mailbox? A: It’s by design! What? Yes, this is normal behavior for Exchange Server 2013 & 2016.  If the account you are using for the install does not have a mailbox, one will be created for that account. Typically, engineers will use an Active Directory (AD) account…

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