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Getting all operations for all Providers so create custom roles in RBAC for Azure

Today I was asked to help a customer find ALL the roles available for inclusion into a RBAC role’s...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 08/29/2016

Update

Hey all So I have been quite for a while… this is mainly due to high workloads but also I moved! I...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 03/10/2016

Deploy a VM with Azure PowerShell Preview 1.0 Cmdlets

There are tons of examples out there and to be honest this is for as much my reference to go back...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/03/2015

Use Microsoft Update or Internal WSUS depending on your location

Here is another case I was asked about how to have internal clients use the WSUS server they have...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 10/23/2015

Export all your Trusted Root Certificate from Local Machine store

Today I was working on a case for a customer where every web page he visited he got a security error...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 10/22/2015

Lets start blogging again!

Over the past few months, lots of have happened … tons of learning, various conferences and lots of...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/19/2015

SMA Run book for enabling hyper-v replica after deployment in WAP

In Windows Azure Pack you have the ability to link your Automation runbooks to an "Event"...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 04/14/2015

TechEd Europe 2014

Last week in barcelona I had to privilege to present a session called In depth Introduction to...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/01/2014

Reading a Certificate off a remote SSL Server for Troubleshooting with Powershell!

By no means is this a unique idea but here is my version…. :) The problem is trying to validate a...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 06/26/2014

Using Lync Client SDK to Automate Call Testing

A while ago I did a blog post and it leverage the Lync Client SDK to do call testing but it was...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 05/28/2014

Windows Azure Pack – Scom Management Pack – 404 Errors After Deployment in SCOM Management Console

Today I needed to deploy the SCOM Management Pack for Windows Azure Pack into my lab environment...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 05/26/2014

Deploying SCVMM Service Template Failing Error 22695

I was getting this error today after creating a new sql service template. It was slightly bizarre as...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 04/23/2014

Update your Lync Note with a Quote of the Day – API Powershell

Following on playing with the API this script is just for fun. I have created a scheduled task that...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 02/17/2014

Lync Automated IM and Audio Call For Testing

REEDIT: Original Credit to http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2011/05/05/sendim.aspx nexthop...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 02/13/2014

Connecting To Your Azure VM After Deployment Via Powershell

In a previous post I gave some steps to troubleshoot connecting to your Azure VM via Powershell. You...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/18/2013

Deleting VM In Azure PowerShell Script

So the final one for today a script to help you clean up after your messing :) and to help you keep...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/17/2013

Deploying VM in Azure with Powershell Menu Script!

I am currently sitting on an azure course and I don't like using console I have to be honest. So...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/17/2013

Stop & Start Your VM’s on Azure with Powershell

This is a very simple script…. :)  Please use it as a framework for you to create something...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/16/2013

Finally! Live Writer is working with my Blog

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/12/2013

Playing with Storage Spaces in a VM and want to Emulate Storage Tiers?

WARNING THIS IS NEVER TO BE USED IN PRODUCTION AND CARRIES NO SUPPORT FROM MICROSOFT WHAT SO EVER!...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 08/07/2013

Windows Server 2012 - Get Binding Order For NICS in Powershell

I had a requirement the other day to retrieve the binding order for nics across several hosts in...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 08/06/2013

Stay Current! :Detect Hyper-V 2012 Hotfixes if they are installed or not

After reading Cristians excellent blog here -->...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 07/01/2013

Private Cloud - A Journey Part 1 (from a PFE point of view)

A few weeks back I was in Las Vegas! Attending the MMS 2013 Summit. After attending the keynote and...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 04/24/2013

Powershell - Lync Change Services to Automatic / Manual / Stop and Start before patching

This is acommon problem I have come across in an enterprise pool, when you drain andpatch and reboot...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/02/2012

Powershell - Lync Get All Users Last Registration Time From Front End

this takes doug's concept...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/27/2012

Simple Print Queue Monitor - Powershell

its taking me a long time to get back to this... been super busy in work which is always a good...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/27/2012

Multipinger with powershell

I decided to give this a go and create a multipinger with powershell... this is my first draft! if I...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 07/15/2012

Duplicate File Finder With Powershell!

here is a little script I was playing with to find duplicate files on your disk here is the code...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 06/21/2012

Evenly Distribute your VM's across your standalone Windows 8 Hyper-V Hosts using powershell

Interestingly enough the argument with people still happens about not wanting management tools for...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 04/08/2012

powershell simple bandwidth monitor

very simple bandwidth monitor allows you to select your interface and will take the average...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 03/29/2012

Powershell Lync Export & Import Script for Users Contacts... for DR?

So if you want to export and import the contact information between to pools for DR here is 2 simple...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 03/22/2012

Powershell : Scan AD find users who's password are close to expiring and email them!

i was ask for this as an interim step for a customer who needs to save money! hopefully at some...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 02/14/2012

Powershell - Automated Lync Deployment V1

If you need to deploy an environment this may help... the script should deploy the windows pre-reqs,...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 02/14/2012

Powershell - Mass Import and Enable Lync Users For EV

For my own reference :) but feel free to use! first create a file on your desktop called import.csv...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 02/06/2012

Windows 2008 File Servers using a large amount of memory

Recently i have come across alot of file servers which have a large amount of in use and because of...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/13/2011

Updated Lync Patching Guide V1.1

I just updated it to include devices and clients here is the original link to the first post where i...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 12/01/2011

Powershell Script - Lync Dump Address Book From SQL Database

i have had lots of address book issues the last few days and put together this quickly (and i know...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/30/2011

Lync Patching Guide v1.1

just updated the guide to 1.1 i have added devices and clients in..... hope it is useful for you!...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/24/2011

Powershell Script - Cleaning up your hyper-v environment after a lab

so this is part 2 this will.... 1. enumerate the VM's on the system 2. turn them off 3. delete them...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/23/2011

Powershell Script - Deploying Exported VM's for training labs

In my previous job i had to deploy a lot of labs, and since i worked full time in there i didnt...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/23/2011

powershell - checking exchange 2010 queues using WMI

just in case you are not allowed open remote powershell or something like that, here is a quick way...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/08/2011

powershell - check your free disk space and warn below a threshold..

here is the basis of a script you can use to generate an alert using send-mailmessage or via ops...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/08/2011

Powershell - Export your print configuration from registry

I was asked to produce this script for follow up checking of driver versions later on or possible...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 11/02/2011

Powershell - Lync Map a SIP User to the IP Address it came from

i need testers on this one.... please try it if you want and let me know the results.... basically...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/29/2011

Powershell Script for Collection Events Logs from multiple servers and generating a single html report

i was asked by a customer to do this and it was one of those scripts that was written in about 15...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/29/2011

Powershell script - Synthetic transactions in Lync after a patch is deployed

here is the code... you need to run this on a front end server and this will test enterprise voice...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/13/2011

powershell script to automate BPA for Hyper-V

Another little powershell script to automate some bits that i come across this script will 1. test...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 09/07/2011

Powershell Script using WMI - Check if your disk needs to be defragmented

A very simple script today just to check if the disk needs to be defragmented.... $getwmi =...

Author: John McCabe [MSFT] Date: 08/08/2011

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