Nov 12 2014

Using PowerShell ISE on an Exchange Edge Transport Server

I’ve been looking for a way to use ISE on an Edge Transport server in order to write some scripts. Finally I found that it is easier than I imagined! You just need to run the cmdlet below, I tested it on Exchange 2013 (CU6). I don’t know why it states 2010 Snapin name

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Apr 21 2014

Many comments removed

This is a quick post to apologize to everyone who might have their comments deleted as spam. I’ve been away from the website for a while and came back to find 5500+ comments. I installed a new spam blocking plug-in and it removed most of them, I’m sure some false positives existed. I will do …

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Nov 12 2013

Automatically upload files to FTP server(s) using PowerShell

In the honor of taking a week off, I decided to share with you a script I’ve been asked to work on recently that automatically uploads a list of files to multiple FTP servers. Since I couldn’t find any native commands in PowerShell to work with FTP (Please leave comments if you know any), I …

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Oct 16 2013

Managing software updates and installation with SCCM 2012 on Windows Server 2012 Core

This is a quick post. I have been working with server core since its first iteration. Also I usually prefer to patch production servers using System Center Configuration Manager. Doing this on a core installation is not a very straightforward process though due to the absence of the GUI. Administrators who are control freaks, or …

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Oct 06 2013

Seriously, how to shrink a VHD!

I have been working lately on a case of over blown dynamic virtual hard disks (VHDs) eating up the space available on a cluster shared volume (CSV). The VHDs where expanded much more than the actual size of the data. So much that one VHD was resting on 136.7 GB of space while the data …

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Sep 08 2013

Why do we suck at basic jobs!

So the other day I was going to some room at work and found a lot of water on the floor, moving forward around the corner in the wet floored corridor only to find one of the house keeping guys decided to clean the floor without using the “Wet Floor” sign. As furious as I …

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Aug 23 2013

HP OfficeJet 7000 Wide Format (e809a) Disassembly

Did I ever mention that I’m originally a mechanical design engineer?! Well, it’s a fact. And this means that besides my passion towards servers, from time to time I get to enjoy playing with the other mechanical devices in the IT department: Printers. Printers of every type and size are magical devices that turn white …

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Jun 15 2013

How to deal with SCOM fragmentation alerts?

Have you just installed the Windows Server Management Packs only to find that next Saturday a flood of warnings saying that your drives’ fragmentation levels are high? Well, here is how to deal with this monitor. But first, understand that this monitors runs a check every Saturday at 3:00 AM by default, and running the …

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Apr 30 2013

Server Manager: Online – Data retrieval failure

I’ve been banging my head against the wall for a couple of hours because I’m unable to connect to any Windows Server 2012 using RSAT in my Windows 8 machine while it works seamlessly from any other server! what a shame. The error was as follows: Configuration refresh failed with the following error: The metadata …

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Nov 07 2012

Activating DPM 2012 after evaluation expired

I’ve been a big (BIG) fan of System Center Data Protection Manager since 2007. I consider it the best of the best enterprise level backup and I’m always recommending it to everyone cause its really simple to use and very capable. It even comes with a 180-day evaluation period. But… and there’s always a but, …

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