Monday, July 7, 2014

Moving, again.

Well, hell.  I moved this site to Blogger at the good recommendations of more than one person, all of which had nothing but good things to say about the service.  Trust me, it's not all rainbows and unicorns.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Having problems with OneDrive?

Reports are coming in regarding problems accessing Microsofts OneDrive cloud file storage platform.  Some folks can still get there, while others are receiving blank screens, or sometimes a friendly error.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Create a VM Checkpoint in SCVMM

In a virtualized environment, we have the ability to create point-in-time snapshots, or checkpoints in Microsoft parlance, of virtual machines. This gives the ability to immediately roll back any changes after the checkpoint operation was performed. This is especially useful when debugging an application, or performing migrations and upgrades to applications.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Check remote services with PowerShell

If you need to check the status of a service across several machines, and don't have monitoring in place, you can use PowerShell to get Running/Stopped/Starting status quickly.

This one-liner should be of assistance.  I'll pick it apart below.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Remove Ghosted NIC from a Windows VM

After performing a V2V, P2V or a clone operation in which the VHD/VHDX file is copied to a new VM, a new NIC is installed in the virtual machine.  This is evidenced by the need to once again set the IP configuration of the NIC.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Use PowerShell to Remove a Stubborn VM

During a recent cleanup effort in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager console, I found a powered off guest machine.  The status showed the VM as having an "Unsupported Cluster Configuration State".

The recommended action is to repair the state of the virtual machine, then attempt the operation again.  I was able to repair the state by ignoring the last operation, but I was still unable to start or remove the VM from the console.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Simple Project Management with Bulleted Lists

For IT folks, the mentioning the ‘P’ word brings visions of long, drawn-out lists of things to be done, usually enforced by someone who barely knows how to power on their computer. There are even those of us who deny the project-management aspect of information technology. Don’t think of it as just a task list.

Think of it is a way to help keep you organized and getting things done.
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