Create a lottery game using Powershell

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I just wondered if it was possible to build a small game with powershell so I started to figure out what was the best possible game for this scenario, I thought that it would be best just to create a lottery game. You would select your numbers and each draw will be random. If you would get 100% in the numbers you would then receive congratulations sign. There are few variables to set, the application name, what is the maximum … Read More

Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 3

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Here we go again, in this part we are going to get all servers in Active Directory and then we are going to audit them for both applications and services. Note that the snippets in LinkedIn is not very code friendly so bare with me, I will post this blog also on my personal website that I am currently working on and it will have better code snippets. Create a new table in DynamicDocumentationDB named AuditServices this table will contain … Read More

Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 2

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Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 1 Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 2 Before you continue with this tutorial I would recommend to read the first part of the blog which is to be able to write data into SQL database. We have configured the SQL database in part 1 and now we are going to get some data from Active Directory to write into SQL database. Before we start coding we need to figure out the … Read More

Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 1

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Dynamic Infrastructure Documentation with Powershell – Part 1 – You are here now When I have asked my students or other IT Admins if they are using some kind of documentation system for the server infrastructure and most commonly I hear the word “Almost” but when I ask them if it is up to date I hear the word “Almost”. Well the word “Almost” is maybe almost nothing. So why is it like this, why don´t these IT Admins have … Read More

IT Admins Fears

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For the past twenty something years while I have been in IT the environment has been changing vastly and the common issues when I talk to IT admins is what they fear the most are changes. I can understand why they fear it and is basically because they fear that they will be obsolete and loose their jobs, in some instances it can happen like when I was at a MVP conference when this room mate came inside the room … Read More

Is Security Single Point of Failure

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Huge infrastructure with multiple fail over clusters, mirroring SQL servers, load balanced IIS servers, hardware load balanced and SSL caches. The network has IDS´s, DDoS hardware, fail overs switches and routers, multiple internet providers backup lines. All traffic encrypted using SSL and full of IT Admins managing, maintaining, monitoring the environment. This environment costs millions of dollars each year. If I would ask you where do you think the single point of failure is there, even if you have all … Read More

Are IT Point&Click Admins turning into IT Developers

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For the past twenty something years I have been in the IT industry and most commonly used the GUI as best practices to do administrative things and in some scenarios used VBScripts to be used map drives, printers and such things but never did any real development to automate, do things faster and more secure. Based on my experiences this approach by using GUI would more or less be different for each IT Admin when they do their daily choirs … Read More