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How to Build an Azure Custom Build/Release Task

Creating a Custom Pipeline Task Azure DevOps, the Microsoft solution providing a comprehensive development environment, has the ability to create custom pipeline tasks. These tasks are built using NodeJS and developed using Typescript, which is a superset language of JavaScript originally developed by Microsoft. Keep in mind that this article, and some code examples within, assume you are using … [Read more...]

What Exacty is PowerShell Core, Anyway?

Once upon a time back in 2006, PowerShell was introduced to the world. The scripting language thought up by Jeffrey Snover and distributed by Microsoft with Windows would soon turn into a ubiquitous part of IT automation and scripting, replacing the aging VBScript as the scripting language of choice. … [Read more...]

Converting Text to Speech with Azure Cognitive Service’s REST-Based API

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied across an ever-increasing range of services. One of those applications is in the text to speech realm. … [Read more...]

How to Create an Azure File Share with PowerShell

One of the nice things about having a simple Windows file share on a local file server is that the support to transfer files to/from it is built into Windows. Since the share is created for SMB, you can map Windows drives to it, navigate to it’s UNC path and so on. When the Microsoft Azure and other cloud offerings first came around, storage options were greatly increased allowing you to store … [Read more...]

How to Set up Azure File Sync

Azure File Sync is a fairly new service that allows users to sync on-premises files to Azure Storage. Think of this service as DropBox for business. Now, we can simply drop files into a folder on an on-prem server and automatically upload those files to Azure! … [Read more...]

How to Search Windows Event Logs Across Hundreds of Servers

The Windows event logs are a great place to start when troubleshooting problems or investigating potential security breaches. … [Read more...]

Using Zapier to Automate Common Business Workflows

A typical company has thousands of workflows happening all of the time, whether it's onboarding new employees, approving expense reports or opening up a helpdesk ticket. … [Read more...]

How to Validate Infrastructure Changes Using PowerShell Pester Tests

Changes can make infrastructure better or can bring it to its knees. Change management is a crucial part of managing infrastructure in an IT pro’s world. When you do make changes, are you sure you changed the right setting? Are you sure that change you made didn’t affect something else you’re unaware of? … [Read more...]

Using Microsoft Flow to Automate Common Business Workflows

With the thousands of cloud services out there, chances are you use many of them. Whether it's using Gmail to send email, DropBox to store and access files, Google Docs to create and share docs or Slack to chat with coworkers, cloud services are incredibly prevalent today. … [Read more...]

What is Workflow Automation?

Everyone has a morning routine that proceeds nearly the same way every day. We get up, brush our teeth, take a shower and put our clothes on. Every morning, this predictable routine repeats itself. It's like clockwork. It rarely, if ever changes. Think of your morning routine like a workflow. … [Read more...]