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Bring Some Turkey to the Server Room This Thanksgiving

With the holiday’s right around the corner, it is time to give thanks for the people that are really important in your life—like your SysAdmin (aka your Systems Administrator).  … [Read more...]

Is Running A Virtual Machine (VM) Worth The Effort?

In the computing world, virtualization by way of virtual machines is used to describe a method of avoiding the purchase of multiple physical computers or servers, one for each operating system. … [Read more...]

Create Windows Machine Builds with Packer

While it supports Windows and Linux, creating an OS image is vastly different between the two. In this article, I will focus on how Packer is used for Windows OS image creation. … [Read more...]

Is The EU Copyright Directive A Bad Idea?

The EU Copyright Directive has been labeled a bad deal for all parties and threatens the Internet as we know it. If it's approved, how are businesses going to respond? … [Read more...]

Import Machine Images Into AWS with Packer

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the most popular cloud platform and Packer provides great integration that enables users to import builds into AWS and convert them to Amazon Machine Images (AMI). … [Read more...]

The Ghost in the Machine – A Spooky Short Story About a Sysadmin

Once upon a blood moon, there was a sysadmin called Kyle and he almost lost it all to the ghost in the machine... … [Read more...]

How to Run Commands on Remote Computers with PowerShell

Running commands locally on the remote computers is a common task many IT admins have to do every day. Here's how you can do that in PowerShell. … [Read more...]

Managing Windows System Administration with WMI and Python

Tired of managing Windows system administration tasks manually? Wish you could set up a few Python scripts instead? Where there's a will, there's a way! In this article, we'll show you how to install Python's WMI module and how you can use it to perform system administration processes. … [Read more...]

How to Manage AWS IAM Users with Python

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a service known as Identity and Access Management (IAM) that lets AWS Administrators provision and manage users and permissions in AWS cloud.  AWS IAM can prove very useful for System Administrators looking to centrally manage users, permissions and credentials; in order to authorize user access on AWS services like EC2, S3, CloudWatch etc. … [Read more...]

Guide to Visual Studio Team Services Release Management Feature

Producing great software is only half the battle--or more like 1/3 of the battle. Software is worthless until it gets in the hands of the people that want to use it. T o do that, though, isn’t simple. … [Read more...]