Robert Vance

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HOWTO: Generate a Microsoft Exam Checklist

Are you studying for a Microsoft certification exam?  If so, then you are probably familiar with the “Skills Measured” website that describes what will be covered on your exam.  If not, it looks something like this: I’m currently studying for my 70-347 – Enabling Office 365 Services exam.  The skills measured list above is a …

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Is it just inflation?

I recently received a reminder to renew my AMA Plus membership.  2018 marks my 10th anniversary of having an AMA membership.  I pay in annual lump sum payments as it’s cheaper than the monthly option.  I was curious how much they’ve charged for the service over the last decade.  Have a look as I think …

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HOWTO: Automate One-A-Day Photography

This will be a somewhat unusual HOWTO compared to those typically on this site.  In an effort to lose weight, I decided I wanted to take a photo of myself, once per day so I could track and further motivate the progress of regular exercise.  I then wanted to overlay the date each photo was …

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Changes Review

For those of you that live in Canada, you are no doubt aware that the Bank of Canada recently increased their policy rate from 0.5% to 0.75%.  I heard of a lot of media reporting that said this is the first change in 7 years.  I further read that we could expect further increases in …

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HOWTO: PowerShell Function Return Quirk

Have you ever been using PowerShell, created a function that called another function and then tried to return data from the parent function only to discover that the returned data included more ‘stuff’ than you intended? This quick blog post demonstrates why that is and presents one workaround to prevent it in the future.

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HOWTO: Use Autohotkey to Toggle Windows Based on Window ID

Autohotkey is an invaluable tool for automating tasks we perform hundreds of times per day without even thinking of it.  The tasks many only take a few seconds each, but added up over the course of a year or more, it really adds up!  One such common task involves switching between applications in Windows.  Sure, …

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HOWTO: Add Computer to Group without Restart

Credit where credit is due, this is taken directory from the blog below and is documented here only so I can easily find it again in the future. Source: https://deployhappiness.com/quick-tip-add-computer-to-group-gpupdate-without-restart Let’s say you add a computer to a group but you want that computer to gain that membership but can’t restart the system.  What do …

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HOWTO: Restore Active Directory to a different server

This HOWTO is a proof of concept to demonstrate a way to take an Active Directory environment on one server and restore it to a different server on an entirely different network.  The scenario in this example is we have a domain controller which has a number of other third party applications installed and we …

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HOWTO: Check CPU Usage of VMs with VMware Workstation

Do you use VMware Workstation on Windows?  Do you run more than a handful of VMs?  Have you ever had your host CPU pinned by one of the instances of vmware-vmx.exe but the only way you could figure out which VM was the issue was by logging into each one and checking CPU usage there?  …

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HOWTO: Write Vietnamese on a computer

I have previously discussed how to use a Windows based computer to write in Japanese and Chinese.  The time has come to tackle the next of the Asian languages, Vietnamese.  As before, the same disclaimer applies.  The information below is what I was able to figure out based on information primary from Google and Wikipedia.  …

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