Review: Ansible shows the beef

At a time when the configuration management market was dominated by Puppet and Chef, an open source project called Ansible emerged with a simpler approach to automating IT environments. An agentless system that was easy to learn, Ansible quickly earned a name for itself. Before long, the developers behind the project formed a company to offer commercial support. That company […]

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Update multiple SQL Server systems with PowerShell

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a tool in PowerShell that will allow you to update multiple SQL servers in one swath with a single command. Patches (service packs and cumulative updates) are periodically released from Microsoft. Judging by the importance of the data contained in databases, it’s critical that these servers are patched ASAP. How do […]

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How to Use the IIS Administration PowerShell Cmdlets Server 2016

One of the most frustrating parts of managing IIS with PowerShell in previous versions of Windows was the IIS administration cmdlets. These cmdlets were included in the WebAdministration module and it was clear they had a lot of room for improvement. Thankfully, there is now relief. With the introduction of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has given us a much improved […]

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How to Copy Files into a Microsoft Azure Storage Account

When working with Microsoft Azure, you’ll inevitably come to a point to where you need to access material stored locally on premise. This might be a virtual disk in VHD format to use for Azure’s IaaS service, a few PowerShell scripts you need executing on your Azure virtual machines or maybe just some configuration files for your Azure websites. Regardless, […]

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Create new Active Directory users with a PowerShell script

The PowerShell script discussed here allows you to create new Active Directory (AD) users, one of the most common tasks that IT admins tend to automate when it comes to employee provisioning. The reason is that this function meets all of the criteria necessary for automation. It’s a task that requires a lot of different, error-prone steps, such as ensuring […]

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Install Ansible: Setup for Windows

Since the DevOps methodology was born in the Linux world, you’ll find that Ansible is much more focused on that platform. However, with Microsoft’s new stance on open source, their community contributions, and their adoption of a more agile, DevOps-minded software development approach, Windows support is slowly catching up. If you’ve heard of Ansible but haven’t necessarily ever used it […]

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