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Posted on 07.13.18 by Adam Bertram

How to Build a Function in PowerShell

Functions are a common occurrence in PowerShell and to truly understand the PowerShell language, it's important that you know how functions work. In this article, we're going to show how a PowerShell function evolves from basically nothing all the way to having...

Posted on 07.12.18 by Greg Mooney

Defrag This - California's New Consumer Privacy Act

In this episode of Defrag This, we discuss the repercussions the new California Consumer Privacy Act will have on US data privacy laws and how and if it relates to the GDPR.

Posted on 07.11.18 by Dan Franciscus

Auditing Software with Chocolatey

Knowing what software is installed on your desktops and servers is crucial in an organization. This is common sense to sysadmins. We like to know information such as installation date, version and who installed it. By default, in Windows, you can get some of this...

Posted on 07.10.18 by Adam Bertram

What is SaltStack?

SaltStack/Salt is a configuration management (CM) and orchestration tool that enables system administrators to automate server provisioning and management tasks. Salt is comparatively a newcomer in the CM segment as it was launched in 2011, at a time when Puppet and Chef...

Posted on 07.02.18 by Kevin Conklin

The Best Reasons for Moving from Basic FTP to Secure File Transfer

In your efforts to secure critical business and personal data, don't forget your file transfer and data sharing systems. One often overlooked area that can leave you vulnerable to cyber attack are outdated or under-managed FTP servers.

Posted on 06.29.18 by Adam Bertram

Understanding PowerShell Scriptblocks

If you're not already familiar with scriptblocks, after reading this article, you'll begin to see them all over the place in PowerShell in the form of an opening and a closing curly brace.

Posted on 06.26.18 by Jeff Edwards

How to Enable and Configure SNMP for Network Monitoring

It doesn’t take a ninja to know that Simple Network Management Protocol allows administrators to monitor network-attached devices. That said, you might actually need to be a ninja to enable and configure SNMP on Windows, Linux/Unix, Cisco, and ESXi.

Posted on 06.25.18 by Kevin Conklin

WhatsUp® Gold Network Configuration Management: “Make Life Simple!”

“Make Life Simple!” Isn’t that the mantra for just about every network infrastructure administrator? They’re constantly fighting fires and responding to urgent calls—not only from end users, but also other members of the IT team that complain about the performance of a...

Posted on 06.25.18 by Jeff Edwards

The Top Six Alternatives to GitHub

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it's impending $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, and developers everywhere have responded with an uproar.   Software professionals  and open-source developers everywhere are ripping the cat stickers off their laptops and seeking...

Posted on 06.19.18 by Alex Jablokow

What is Virtual Infrastructure Management?

Virtualization creates virtual resources that can be used the same way as any physical resource or application. Disk drive partitioning is a familiar form of virtualization. Servers, networks, desktops, applications, and storage can all be virtual.

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