PoSH4PlexApp is an in-development PowerShell module for querying and managing PlexApp libraries via Plex Media Server’s web listener, authored by Craig Taylor. This post provides the first release of the module along with some use notes.[Read More...]
PoSH4PlexApp – PowerShell module for managing Plex Media Server
Even MORE SCOM 2012 R2 Dashboard Fun with Multi-Pin Bing Maps
An enhancement of Tao Yang’s application of the SCOM 2012 R2 UR2 PowerShell Web Browser widget, leveraging Bing Maps. Facilitating support of multiple pins per map, surfacing of rich custom data and dynamic scaling. Contains challenge, summary of approach, screenshots and code solution. Intermediate PowerShell, covering loops, SCOM cmdlets, XML handling and counting incidence of substring inside a string.[Read More...]
Remote activation of Windows Server Licensing via PowerShell (sort of)
Commentated script providing a means of batch activating Virtual Machines and Physical servers using PowerShell and SCHTASKS.exe, circumventing the limitations of Invoke-Command when calling SLMGR.vbs. This script could easily be extended to work with other data-sources (Active Directory) or Hypervisors (vSphere via PowerCLI)[Read More...]
Windows Phone 8 device encryption – How to apply it and how to check its status
How to apply device encryption on Windows Phone 8 and how to check it’s status[Read More...]
List SCVMM allocated IP addresses via PowerShell
An easily understood PowerShell pipeline for listing IP addresses allocated from SCVMM managed pools[Read More...]
RSA SecurID software token for Windows Phone 7.5/8 FINALLY released!
EMC have released a Windows Phone 7.5/8 SecureID software token. Read about it and find the download links here.[Read More...]
Bulk enable disabled SCCM 2012 Programs using PowerShell
Enable disabled System Center 2012 programs en-masse via a very simple PowerShell pipeline.[Read More...]
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Feature List – Velocity and more
Just a quick highlight of why you should be looking into Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
The new platform facilitates:
- ‘SQL Server 2014 Velocity’ – In-memory databases (or just some of the tables, if you prefer) – Take advantage of the every decreasing price of RAM and enjoy 10x-40x uplift in database performance, with no code changes. Totally achievable and totally baked into Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Make your storage HW do more for you by handling more in the pizza box/blade/sled…
- Back-up straight to Azure – Easily create secure offsite backups of your critical databases
- Cloud SQL Disaster Recovery capability – Recover your SQL platform onto the Azure platform
- Cloud bursting into Azure – extend On-Premise solutions into Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure during seasonal peaks
- A consistent management and operating platform between your on-premise and off-premise database solution
If you are paying for SA and ignoring this release, all I can ask is: What are you thinking? In my opinion, you’re leaving liquid gold on the table…
Ask yourself: Can your business afford to ignore these developments?
The 2 VMware vCHS offerings – Virtual Private Cloud or Dedicated Cloud
vCHS beta program participants can currently subscribe one of two options: Virtual Private Cloud (shared infrastructure based) or Virtual Dedicated Cloud (partly dedicated infrastructure).
The biggest differentiator is the Dedicated Cloud consumers get dedicated physical infrastructure, including hosts, datastores & VCD. They also get a dedicated vShield Manager too among, other things that the dedicated tin facilitates. Of course, some elements of the offering are still multi-tenancy, as it would be cost prohibitive to run the offering any other way. I suspect that will include storage arrays and networking hardware. By the time you get to dedicated everything, if that is what you are after, it ceases being a cloud offering, in my opinion. It becomes common or garden dedicated hosting. Other guys can do that for you
The VPC mode is more akin to regular, public cloud ‘Share Everything’ multi-tenancy models. Think of the Azure operational model, and you wont be far off.
Speaking of Azure, the interface on vCHS looks pretty sweet. It’s not quite as swanky as Azure’s, but it isn’t far off!
Apple OS X Lion – DNS Server refuses to accept updates to configuration
Apple OSX Lion Server can enter a state where it refuses to allow configuration changes or DNS lookups. This post provides links to other blog posts that provide potential solutions to the problem.[Read More...]