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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...]

Podcast: Log Management Basics – What should You Collect?

Log Management is a hot topic these days, especially in the way it pertains to organizational data security. So in this episode of Defrag This, your host Mark Towler sits down with Jim Cashman to quiz the latter on his sysadmin experience with Log Management. … [Read more...]

How to Copy Files to Azure Blob Storage

When working with Microsoft Azure, you'll inevitably come to a point to where you need to access material stored locally on premise. … [Read more...]

Installing Duo 2FA for Windows Log-on and RDP

Two-factor authentication is currently one of the best security practices for protecting users, data and systems. Duo is one of the leading platforms for using two-factor authentication in the enterprise as it protects many common on-premises and cloud applications by default. … [Read more...]

How to Use Tags in a PowerShell Pester Test

One of Pester’s useful features is the Tags feature. A tag allows a developer to organize their tests based on different criteria and execute those tests accordingly. Tags allow a developer to manage large test suites that may take hours to run by only executing certain tests matching certain tags. … [Read more...]

Managing the Stress in IT: A Sysadmin’s Perspective

Unfortunately, stress is an inevitable aspect of any job. Deadlines start piling up, resources are stretched thin and before you know it, your cholesterol levels read more like a lopsided basketball game than a healthy screening. For sysadmins, managing the stress in IT is as critical as any data backup routine. … [Read more...]

Deploying SSL Certificates in Windows with Puppet

Chances are if you are managing servers in an organization, you have also had a lot of experience managing SSL certificates. Practically any web server should be communicating over HTTPS to clients if you want to make it secure, which means you have to deploy an SSL certificate to the server itself. … [Read more...]

How to Publish Scripts to the PowerShell Gallery

Creating excellent PowerShell scripts is one thing, but sharing them with others takes them to a whole new level! One of the best ways to improve your PowerShell skills, share your scripts with the community, and make your work known is by publishing scripts to the PowerShell Gallery. … [Read more...]

How to Create an Azure DevTest Lab

Lab environments are essential to lots of people in IT, including system administrators needing to test out the latest software or software developers needing to deploy their own custom software to test before rolling it out to production. … [Read more...]

Podcast: What it’s like to Start Your Own IT Website

A lot of people dream of leaving their day job and starting their own business, but for many, the risk, and the leap of faith required to take it, is simply to great of an unknown. For the 40th edition of Defrag This, we spoke to someone who's taken that risk to launch his own IT e-learning platform.  … [Read more...]