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Blog posts October 2017

Configure syslog on VMware ESXi hosts: VMware best practices

October 30, 2017 01:59PM

Syslog is a way for VMWare vSphere esxi servers or other network devices to send event messages to a logging server – usually known as a Syslog server (Inbuilt vSphere tool called as VMWare syslog collector). The Syslog protocol is supported by a wide range of devices and can be used to log differen…

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Reset/Restart HP ILO (Integrated Lights-outs) using putty

October 28, 2017 08:41PM

This blog article is my another part of Resolved: HP ILO this page cannot be displayed ERR_SSL_BAD_RECORD_MAC_ALERT, I found few more servers which were pinging, able to telnet ILO ip port 80 and 443 (ssl), But still webpage was either can't be displayed or site can't be reached, tried following ab…

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Resolved: HP ILO this page cannot be displayed ERR_SSL_BAD_RECORD_MAC_ALERT

October 28, 2017 02:12PM

Recently I was involved with configuring few old generation 7 HP servers. I wanted to install ESXi server on the same as well upgrading firmware, This was required ILO to be working. when checked using Internet explorer I got issue this page can't be displayed (before loading it was showing certific…

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Add multiple proxy addresses with Microsoft PowerShell in Active Directory Groups

October 26, 2017 03:45PM

This article is second part of POWERSHELL ACTIVE DIRECTORY: ADD OR UPDATE PROXYADDRESSES IN USER PROPERTIES ATTRIBUTE EDITOR, In this part, I will be changing proxy addresses on active directory groups using PowerShell script. This is helpful while migration of bulk users and groups to Microsoft Of…

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Find next available free drive letter using PowerShell

October 25, 2017 11:09AM

Below is my one-liner small PowerShell code for finding next available free unassigned first drive letter, I use it frequently for automating mapping shared drives. This is based on Get-PSDrive -PSProvider FileSystem, it shows the all in use drive, Generally A, B (floppy drive not for use as disk or…

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Powershell Trick : Execute or run any file as a script file

October 18, 2017 02:22PM

This blog post is addition to my earlier article Different ways to bypass Powershell execution policy :.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled. Just to recap If you have execution policy blocked in your environment and want to execute riles in PowerShell, you can compile the the f…

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Powershell: Temporary group membership on Windows 2016 Active Directory

October 17, 2017 12:15PM

This is second part of configuring and architecting AD infrastructure new features. Microsoft has introduced new great feature with Windows Server 2016 Active directory, PAM (Privileged Access Management) Feature, Where user can be added to a group for a particular time. Once that Time to live (TT…

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Microsoft Active directory additional features - AD Recycle Bin Powershell

October 11, 2017 01:00PM

I recently was involved and architected IT infrastructure for one of the small startup group, I deployed Windows Server 2016 server and architected Active Directory infrastructure, Startup staff's work was involved using heavy use of AD API in their own software, creation and deletion of AD accounts…

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Vembu Free Edition

October 8, 2017 10:46PM

Vembu is a leading software product development that has been focusing on Backup and Disaster Recovery software for data centers over a decade. It’s flagship offering- the BDR Suite of products consists of VM Backup for VMware vSphere and Hyper-V, Disk Image backups for Physical machines, Workstat…

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Powershell: Get registry value data

October 7, 2017 05:05PM

Finding and fetching registry value data information using PowerShell is very easy, I found in one of the organization administrators where doing unnecessary changes to the registry to specific settings, for one of the example ie: I had to get information from one of the setting under HKey_Local_M…

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Powershell Trick: Convert text to ASCII art

October 4, 2017 01:40PM

Powershell text convert to Ascii art demo abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789 without online algorithm

As PowerShell has plain command based console if you want to show different font or different bigger font on the same console as output, you will have to use ASCII Text art, I had got a request to write a script to convert any text to ASCII art. Only weirdness in the request I found was, whateve…

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