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HOWTO: Run Process Monitor on a Remote Machine from the Command Line

I have a treat for you today.  I have finally solved something that has been a pain in my side for years now.  Have you ever been in the following situation? You are reviewing log files and discover that a remote computer (perhaps a virtual machine running on shared storage) is running wild and hammering …

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HOWTO: Get Webroot Endpoints using Unity REST API and PowerShell

Webroot has recently released a new REST API that allows us as administrators to pull detailed endpoint data programmatically. What this effectively means is that all of the information that is presented to us in the Webroot Global Site Manager can now be extracted directly and integrated into other processes. I very much wanted a …

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Adele would be amazing at Karaoke

I was browsing the news today and learned that Adele recently performed on Saturday Night Live.  It’s clear by this point that she is a very capable singer. But for a major television performance, I always just cynically assume that the artist is seldom actually singing.  I often expect them to be either dubbed based …

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Blackberry 10.3.2 Feature Requests Poll

I am a big fan of the traditional Blackberry philosophy of building hardware and software that can get work done quickly in as few steps as possible. With the release of OS10, Blackberry effectively had to build a new OS from scratch.  This is a ton of work and as a result, many of the refinements that were …

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HOWTO: Quick Lookups for Active Directory User Details

I’ve recently started a new job at a large company with thousands of employees and so I have a constant need for looking up who people are, what their user name is, who their manager is, what city they are in, etc? In many cases, I have to look up entire batches of people. Initially …

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HOWTO: Automatically Trigger Debug Logging When CPU Under Load

I am troubleshooting an issue where a domain controller pins its CPU at 100% for extended periods and as a result, LDAP authentication requests fail causing organization wide application failures. I recently posted a HOWTO on setup and configuration of the Server Performance Advisor tool from Microsoft. This is the tool that allows you to …

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HOWTO: Monitor Concurrent Network Connections with PowerShell

This quick HOWTO is a PowerShell script I wrote to monitor concurrent connections to a server. In this case we have a domain controller that is not behaving properly and I suspect it may be due to some kind of port exhaustion. The script is very quick and dirty but since it works I figured …

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HOWTO: Analyze Very Large Text Files with PowerShell and Python

There are countless situations where an IT professional needs to parse through a log file. In most instances, notepad/notepad2/notepad++ are enough to get in, find the information required and get out. But what if your log files are large. As in 20GB a day large. None of the typical editing tools will help you in …

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HOWTO: Verify free space on C: for all servers with PowerShell

We will be applying production windows updates to all of our production servers shortly and I wanted to manually verify that we had at least 2GB free on all of our C: drives in preparation for the update.  We have automated monitoring systems but I wanted to grab the information directly to ensure it was …

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HOWTO: Restore AD Object from 2008 R2 Domain

I am in a situation where I need to delete a critical production Database server computer object in Active Directory for an upgrade but in the event that upgrade fails, I will need to restore the original computer object. To that end I found an excellent Technet blog on the subject at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/08/27/the-ad-recycle-bin-understanding-implementing-best-practices-and-troubleshooting.aspx. But for …

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