dcsimg

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...]

How to Manage AWS EC2 Infrastructure with Python

In this article, we'll take a look at how system administrators can use Python to manage their Amazon Web Services (AWS)  Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. You’ll learn to query existing EC2 instances, change the state of the virtual machines and their configurations, or terminate any instances that are no longer required. … [Read more...]

Running PowerShell in Vagrant

In this article, I will show how to configure a Vagrant box to run PowerShell. … [Read more...]

Six Peer-Reviewed Alternatives to Gartner and Forrester Reports

If you work in IT, or if you're in any position to evaluate and choose IT tools, chances are you're familiar with the names Gartner and Forrester. … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Chocolatey Package

In this article, I will dive into a Chocolatey package to show the important components. … [Read more...]

Video: How To Scan For—and Lock Down—Open Ports with WhatsUp PortScanner

Foot-printing your environment is the first step to identifying ways in which intruders can penetrate your network. Thankfully, we offer a free utility that helps with precisely this task! In this Snip, Anthony Howell shows you how to use Ipswitch's WhatsUp PortScanner to scan a host machine for open ports, then he'll show you how to harden your system using the host's firewall. … [Read more...]

Running PowerShell Scripts in Puppet

There are times when you have a complex script that you just need to get into configuration management. Re-writing scripts into manifests is time-consuming, no doubt about it. In this article, I will show how to run PowerShell scripts from Puppet. … [Read more...]

Working with the New MOVEit Transfer REST API Endpoints

One of the excellent features of the new MOVEit Transfer 2018 product is the introduction of RESTful (REST) APIs. If you're not familiar with REST APIs, it boils down to an industry-standard way of accessing applications or services over HTTP/S. … [Read more...]