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Dan Franciscus
Dan Franciscus is a systems engineer and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) specializing in VMware, PowerShell, and other Microsoft-based technologies. You can reach Dan at his blog (http://www.winsysblog.com/) or Twitter at @dan_franciscus.
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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 06.14.18 by Dan Franciscus

How To Use Vagrant Networking

 In this article, I will discuss some of the ways to configure virtual machines using Vagrant networking.

Posted on 06.05.18 by Dan Franciscus

5 Vagrant Commands You Need to Know

In this article, I will point out five commands that every Vagrant user needs to know.

Posted on 05.08.18 by Dan Franciscus

Run Linux on Windows 10 without a Virtual Machine with WSL

There once was a time where the worlds of Microsoft and Linux were greatly at odds. Each faction trying to destroy the other and win the war of the operating systems. Times have changed.

Posted on 04.27.18 by Dan Franciscus

Managing Windows Services with Puppet

Puppet may be a Linux-based system but it still boasts many Windows functions. Here is how you can manage Windows services with Puppet.

Posted on 03.28.18 by Dan Franciscus

Implementing Chocolatey Self-Service for Non-Admin Users

In this article, I will show how to deploy the Chocolatey Agent Service which allows end users to use a GUI to choose what packages to install or uninstall.

Posted on 03.22.18 by Dan Franciscus

Remote Into Other Computers - OpenSSH on Windows

If you manage both Windows and Linux in your environment (which almost everyone does) why would you want to use more than one method to remotely manage computers?

Posted on 03.15.18 by Dan Franciscus

Testing Puppet Code Using the Vagrant Provisioner

Vagrant is an excellent tool used for testing out application deployments and scripts. It is lightweight, fast, and allows you to bring up environments quickly. Vagrant supplies several “provisioners” that allow boxes to be configured via shell script or using various...

Posted on 02.21.18 by Dan Franciscus

Setting up an Internal Chocolatey Package Repository

If your organization is serious about using Chocolatey as a means for Windows package management, then setting up your own internal package repository is a must.

Posted on 01.12.18 by Dan Franciscus

How To Create Multi-Machine Environments With Vagrant

 Vagrant provides a solution for creating disposable and consistent environments, all within a single configuration file. 

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