Robert Vance

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HOWTO: Create Fastest Possible Custom Objects [Revisit]

In November of last year I did a post called the "Fastest Possible Way to Make Custom Objects in PowerShell". http://pleasework.robbievance.net/howto-fastest-possible-way-to-make-custom-objects-in-powershell/ That post came about because I was frustrated with the techniques I was using at the time to make custom objects and decided to sit down and once and for all simply the process. …

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HOWTO: Reusable Template with Windows Server Trial

This HOWTO covers how use the free 180 trial version of Windows Server 2012 R2 to build a reusable template for lab and development purposes. The objective of the steps below are as follows: Ensure that whenever we need to deploy a new Windows Server for testing, it will always have the latest updates and …

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HOWTO: Desired State Configuration (DSC) Overview

I found myself curious if I could get my entire lab environment to build itself from scratch in a 100% automated fashion including deploying and configuring Active Directory. All of the cmdlets to perform these tasks already exist in PowerShell and are trivial to perform individually.  But what happens if you want to combine them …

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Why are people on Kijiji like this?

I’ve recently put up several items on Kijiji and in doing so received a number of interested replies.  Unfortunately, many of those replies are practically unintelligible. Why is this?  At first I thought that many of them are some kind of bot or automated software that intentionally uses exceptionally poor grammar but I couldn’t think …

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HOWTO: Stop VMs from locking when idle

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before.  You build a bunch of new VMs for your lab environment.  You have them all running but every time you switch back to a VM you find that it’s always locked and you  have to press Control-Alt-Delete and enter your password.  In a production environment, this is …

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HOWTO: Build Tasklist for Studying for Microsoft Exams

This HOWTO is fairly specific to me but since I needed to document it anyway I figured I would share it in case in benefited others. I have scheduled yet another Microsoft Exam for October.  One of the techniques I use during studying is to take the base “Skills Measured” list from Microsoft and build …

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HOWTO: Enable SharePoint Enabled Lists with Office 365

Imagine this scenario.  You have a SharePoint 2007/2010/2013 server in your environment along with an Exchange 2007/2010/2013 server.  You have configured email-enabled lists in your SharePoint environment by leveraging an SMTP server configured on your SharePoint server along with a send connector on your Exchange server.  Everything works great and people can email an address …

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HOWTO: Clear all AD Attributes from Former OCS/Lync Deployment

Imagine for a moment you have just deployed Office 365 in your environment using a cutover migration.  Everything is working well and you’ve now decided to grant access for your users to use Skype for Business.  (I so hate that name). You find that some users are not appearing in the Skype For Business Users …

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Windows 10 and the future of software installations

Windows 10 is nearly upon and one of the features I am looking forward to is PowerShell 5.  More specifically I am looking forward to the new PowerShellGet module. This is effectively apt-get or yum for Windows and the implications for systems administrators are significant.  I just finished a quick test drive of the functionality …

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HOWTO: Access Pleasant Password Server Passwords via RESTful API

If you use Pleasant Password Server, you may have a need to request passwords from a command line or automated process.  If you do, the script below should be very helpful. It took me most of the evening to figure out how to request passwords using PowerShell and the RESTful API built into Pleasant Password …

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