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Posted on 08.16.18 by Adam Bertram

The Infamous Double-Hop Problem in PowerShell

In this article, we will discuss how to get around the infamous double-hop problem in PowerShell. It's easier than you think.

Posted on 08.03.18 by Jeff Edwards

Defrag This: Prepping For Black Hat and DEF CON

It's conference season, and we're right around the corner from two of the biggest InfoSec conferences in the world: BlackHat and DEF CON. In this episode of Defrag This our fearless hosts discuss their preparations for the hacker cons, what they're looking forward to,...

Posted on 08.01.18 by Adam Bertram

3 PowerShell Tips for Systems Administrators and Developers

In this article, we provide three tips to help you become more efficient with PowerShell commands. We will specifically cover how to streamline your efforts in searching for text inside of strings, transforming MSQL data into both XML and JSON, and building XML schemas.

Posted on 07.27.18 by Jeff Edwards

A Sysadmin Survival Guide for Sysadmin Day 2018

Today marks the 18th Sysadmin day since it was first founded by Ted Kekatos on July 28th, 2000. In honor of Sysadmin day, we present to you the Sysadmin Survival Guide, a collection of the best sysadmin resources from here at Defrag This aimed at giving you a fighting...

Posted on 07.23.18 by Adam Bertram

How to Create a Computer Inventory Script in Python for Windows

Basic details of your computer like operating system and version, memory, network adapter and hard drive are never stored in one central location. You always have to go clicking around for it. But if you've got Python installed, we can build a script that collects all of...

Posted on 07.18.18 by Mark Towler

Primed for Failure — How to Avoid Amazon's Mistakes

Amazon’s heavily-promoted Prime Day event started off with Amazon falling flat on its face right out of the gate. Their site was non-responsive for hours with would-be shoppers getting served pictures of dogs instead of the amazing deals they were promised. Real-time web...

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 07.11.18 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 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.

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