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My Very First Scripting Guys Article: Creating Pop-ups by Using PowerShell

So this happened about a month ago, but I’ve been out with the flu. Ed Wilson with Microsoft Scripting Guys invited me to write a few articles on WPF, and I excitedly said yes! In the first article of the

Posted in PowerShell, Windows, WPF

Making Bootable USB sticks on Windows

Just because I always forget.. All of my workstations are Macs, which I then use to connect to my vSphere and Hyper-V labs. This can make it a challenge to create bootable Windows-based USB sticks for my servers. I used

Posted in Windows

Securely Administer Your Remote Windows Network using RDP over SSL

Back in 2013, I wrote a blog post about setting up RD Gateway in Windows 2012 using an AD domain certificate. This post is directed to Windows 2012 R2. There isn’t much difference, but in this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how

Posted in Security, Windows

Setup an SSTP SSL VPN in Windows Server 2012 R2

So here’s what’s awesome about Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol SSL VPNs: they give your connecting client an IP and make it a full-on part of the network. And this is all done over port 443, a commonly used port which

Posted in Security, Windows

Create Scheduled Task or Scheduled Job to Indefinitely Run a PowerShell Script Every 5 Minutes

Here are two straight-forward ways to create Scheduled Tasks within Windows using PowerShell. One script creates a PowerShell Scheduled Job, and the other creates a classic Windows Scheduled Task. You can read about the differences here. PowerShell v3 and above

Posted in PowerShell, Windows

[SOLVED] Degraded Performance on HP DL580 G7 on BIOS v. 7/01/2013

After a December 2013 patching downtime, I noticed an abrupt decrease of almost 50% in the performance of 2 SQL Servers.  Both servers were running on HP DL580 G7s.  After many hours of testing and data collection, we finally updated

Posted in SQL Server, Windows

PowerShell Get-WinEvent Bug Workaround on Windows 2008 R2 Server — Importing Windows Forwarded Events into SQL Server using PowerShell

This is sort of a continuation of my earlier post, Importing Windows Forwarded Events into SQL Server using PowerShell, where I mentioned that I was unable to get the script to work on Windows 2008 R2 due to a known

Posted in PowerShell, SQL Server, Windows

Importing Windows Forwarded Events into SQL Server using PowerShell

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve looked into a number of ways of parsing and importing Windows Forwarded Events into SQL Server: from using SSIS to LogParser to PowerShell to setting up a linked server to the “Forwarding Events.evtx” file.

Posted in PowerShell, SQL Server, Windows


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