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Posted on 11.15.18 by Dan Franciscus

Create Windows Machine Builds with Packer

While it supports Windows and Linux, creating an OS image is vastly different between the two. In this article, I will focus on how Packer is used for Windows OS image creation.

Posted on 11.12.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Is The EU Copyright Directive A Bad Idea?

The EU Copyright Directive has been labeled a bad deal for all parties and threatens the Internet as we know it. If it's approved, how are businesses going to respond?

Posted on 11.07.18 by Greg Mooney

Podcast: Shadow IT Problems & Solutions

Shadow IT is a real problem in the modern workplace. In this episode of Defrag This, we explore the reasons users turn to the dark side, the risks of unsanctioned IT stacks, and some of the solutions IT teams can use to curb Shadow IT. 

Posted on 11.02.18 by Dan Franciscus

Import Machine Images Into AWS with Packer

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the most popular cloud platform and Packer provides great integration that enables users to import builds into AWS and convert them to Amazon Machine Images (AMI).

Posted on 10.31.18 by Edgar Allan Mooney

The Ghost in the Machine – A Spooky Short Story About a Sysadmin

Once upon a blood moon, there was a sysadmin called Kyle and he almost lost it all to the ghost in the machine...

Posted on 10.23.18 by Adam Bertram

How to Run Commands on Remote Computers with PowerShell

Running commands locally on the remote computers is a common task many IT admins have to do every day. Here's how you can do that in PowerShell.

Posted on 10.10.18 by Prateek Singh

Managing Windows System Administration with WMI and Python

Tired of managing Windows system administration tasks manually? Wish you could set up a few Python scripts instead? Where there's a will, there's a way! In this article, we'll show you how to install Python's WMI module and how you can use it to perform system...

Posted on 10.02.18 by Prateek Singh

How to Manage AWS IAM Users with Python

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a service known as Identity and Access Management (IAM) that lets AWS Administrators provision and manage users and permissions in AWS cloud.  AWS IAM can prove very useful for System Administrators looking to centrally manage users,...

Posted on 09.25.18 by Adam Bertram

Guide to Visual Studio Team Services Release Management Feature

Producing great software is only half the battle--or more like 1/3 of the battle. Software is worthless until it gets in the hands of the people that want to use it. To do that, though, isn’t simple.

Posted on 09.25.18 by Prateek Singh

How to Manage AWS EC2 Infrastructure with Python

In this article, we'll take a look at how system administrators can use Python to manage their Amazon Web Services (AWS)  Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. You’ll learn to query existing EC2 instances, change the state of the virtual machines and their...

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