Self Service your IT with PowerShell and au2mator

Do more with PowerShell and au2mator Self Service Portal. Use the advantage of PowerShell to automate your daily IT Tasks and Processes, and Self Service with au2mator to delegate to the right people in your Company.

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I Told my Boss I Quit and…

Warning: There will be some not-so-good words in this post. If you have small children, please take them to another room before reading.

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Want to Write Beautiful PowerShell Code? Here’s How.

Want to write better PowerShell code? You must read this.

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How to Configure WinRM over HTTPS for Ansible

Learn the execute Ansible winrm command against a Windows host. Use the win_shell module to perform your testing.

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How to Build with Terraform: Azure VMs (Windows)

Learn how to get started with Terraform Azure VM to create simple to complex infrastructure on-prem or in the cloud.

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How to Parse ARM Output Variables in Azure DevOps Pipelines

When building an Azure Pipeline in Azure DevOps (AzDo), it's commonplace to build infrastructure as part of a pipeline. If you're building infrastructure in Azure, Microsoft provides an infrastructure-as-code approach called Azure Resource Management (ARM) templates. When invoking a deployment from an ARM template within an Azure pipeline though can sometimes prove troublesome.

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23 Must-Have Work Tips from a Working from Home Veteran

It’s March 2020 as I write this and the world is changing as I type. Hospitals are crying out for masks, ventilators and other essential services. There is talk about having to pick and choose who dies soon, normally bustling cities are ghost towns and we’re not allowed to touch anyone anymore. It truly is an odd time to be alive.

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3 Tips to Build a 150,000-Reader/Month Technical Blog

Many engineers have blogs. If you're like me, you probably started up a blog to document the goings on in your job. Many of us start blogs for our own purposes as a way to record that obscure fix that worked in production or an interesting way to set up the latest software.

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The Curse of Knowledge is Worse Than You Think

When you show someone how to solve a problem, acquire a new skill or accomplish a task, you're teaching. You're teaching that random Internet blog reader how to create a database, a coworker casually stopping by with that coding problem she can't figure out or even your son how to ride a bike.

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How to Write a Technical Blog Post People Actually Want to Read

Learn how to make technical blog post that will make reader interested.

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5 min. read

Infrastructure as Code: Where Continuous Delivery All Begins

If you've ever created kind of cloud or virtual infrastructure on-prem manually, you'd know there's either a lot of clicking or a lot of typing going on. To provision anything in requires remembering which screen to go to or what command to run. If you're just playing around trying to learn Azure that's fine but once that playing turns into business-critical, production processes where time is money, something has to change.

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Getting Started using SSH with PowerShell

Know how to set up Windows' SSH client and get both Windows 10 and Windows Server set up to use SSH with PowerShell Remoting.

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Deploying Infrastructure with AWS CLI and CloudFormation

Learn how to deploy AWS CLI and cloudformation and know its advantages over manual provisioning of infrastructure.

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Running PowerShell Scripts in Azure DevOps Pipelines (2 of 2)

No one product will ever provide all of the built-in tools you need to get the job done. Scripts are like the glue that brings workflows together and the shims that make solutions work. in Azure DevOps (AzDo) Pipelines, PowerShell and Bash scripts are your best friends.

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Building a PowerShell CI/CDP Pipeline in Azure DevOps Pipelines (1 of 2)

Learn about executing scripts in Azure Pipelines. Know basics of how Azure Pipelines invokes PowerShell scripts.

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How to Apply DSC Configurations to VMs in Azure ARM Templates

If you're deploying Azure Windows virtual machines (VMs) via ARM templates and need to configure Windows, this article is for you. In this tutorial, you're going to learn how to use the Desired State Configuration (DSC) extension for ARM templates to seamlessly deploy and configure an Azure VM Scale Set with a single template.

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Managing Microsoft Exchange EDB Databases with PowerShell

Any system administrator responsible for a Microsoft Exchange environment will, most likely, at some point need to interact and troubleshoot Exchange Database (EDB) files. Mailbox databases are stored in the EDB file format. Contained within an EDB file are in-process and non-SMTP messages.

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Publish NuGet Packages to Azure Artifacts Automagically

So you've got an Azure DevOps pipeline created. You've automated the build and all of the tests. Now comes the time to publish a build artifact somewhere. Stick around to learn how to publish projects to an Azure Artifacts NuGet feed.

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How to Build an Azure DevOps Pipeline for a PowerShell Module

You can build just about anything with PowerShell from teeny scripts to multi-hundred-line behemoths. But once you grow tired of creating PS1 script after PS1 script, you tend to start thinking reusable tools. In the PowerShell world, a tool usually goes hand in hand with a module.

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10 min. read

Replacing Employee Onboarding Software with Power Automate [Tutorial]

Do you have a clunky, old employee onboarding software with a confusing interface and probably requires Java that your HR team hates to use? If so, it's time to learn how to rid yourself of your "onboarding solution" altogether with Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow).

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