What You Need To Know About AWS Shield

Amazon just took the wraps off its new DDoS fighting platform, AWS Shield. Here’s what you need to know. The recent DDoS attack on the cloud-based Internet Performance Management Company Dyn. Inc in October 2016 reminded everyone about the alarming losses caused by DDoS attacks across the globe. The company was bombarded with multiple DDoS attacks using Mirai botnet which […]

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How To Create Your First Chocolatey NuGet Package

Chocolatey is a favorite open source tool that uses NuGet to allow IT administrators to download and silently install software. As automation becomes more of necessity rather than a nicety, it’s important we IT folk look at better ways to perform menial tasks; one of those tasks is installing software. Rather than download an MSI, double-click on it and run […]

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Exploring The Abstract Syntax Tree In Powershell

Your PowerShell scripts have a specific order, which is represented by the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST). You may know PowerShell as a scripting automation language. PowerShell is known for how it can create Active Directory users, provision Exchange mailboxes, move files and a whole lot of other things. To make all this stuff happen, you must write a script. PowerShell […]

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Separating Powershell DSC Configuration Data From The Configuration

A great practice to get into when building your PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) infrastructure is separating DSC configuration data from the configuration itself because this improves the scalability of your DSC infrastructure. Separating out static settings like specific registry key names, Windows feature names, hostnames, and so on from the actual configuration logic itself allows you to add to […]

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Convert A Powershell Script To A Dsc Configuration

One challenge some organizations face is having lots of PowerShell scripts and converting them to DSC scripts. There are many ways to do this depending on the situation, but you can follow a few steps to ensure this process goes smoothly. First, it’s important you recognize the “object classes” in play. I’ve purposefully put “object classes” in quotes here because […]

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How To Use Test Kitchen To Check Infrastructure Code

Chef’s Test Kitchen makes it easy to automate and streamline the process of testing infrastructure code. As more companies become more DevOps focused, code testing is creeping its ways out of just the software development realm. More and more operations/system administrators are writing more code. And a lot of this code is “infrastructure code” meaning it’s automating tasks such as […]

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Invoke-DSCresource – Invoke A Powershell DSC Without A Configuration File

Prior to Windows Management Framework (WMF) v5, people that wanted to use Desired State Configuration (DSC) to apply configurations to their machines were forced to go through the same procedure if they wanted to provision an entire server or just install a single Windows feature: Create the DSC configuration script Compile the script into a MOF file Deliver the MOF […]

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