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Handy PowerShell command to stop Task Manager Process!

Have you ever needed to stop multiple processes at once?  I use a product by Devolutions called Remote Desktop Manager.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know that.  When I launch the VMware vCenter Web Client via RDM, I do so via Chrome and it opens the Client Integrated Plugin.  The problem is, when I CLOSE the web client in RDM, it DOESN’T close the “vmware-csd” process.  Once 10 of these processes are opened, it

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Do you have Cisco Switches? Are you using CDP?

In my office, we use Cisco gear for networking. Cisco has it’s own protocol called the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP). CDP allows you to identify information about the device you’re connected to. Be it from a server to see what port you’re plugged into on the switch, or from the device!  There’s a program for Windows called CDP Monitor that will do this too.. It’s VERY handy, esp if you’re dealing with a physical server and trying to trace the

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Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager – My IT Tool of Choice

If you follow me on Social Media, you’ll see that I’m a strong supporter of Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions.  I’ve been using the tool for many years.  By being able to manage all my remote connections in one place, it saves a lot of time and makes my job a LOT easier! I’ve told the story before, but I started using the free version when I wanted to find a tool that manages all my RDP connections in one

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Teach your co-workers to lock their PCs with the help of a harmless prank!

The goal of this is to teach your co-workers to be more security conscious and LOCK THEIR PC when they walk away from their desk.  Locking your PC stops unauthorized people from accessing your PC, viewing a document that has sensitive data, AND playing a prank such as THIS!  This is especially important when you have access to sensitive data, or better yet, administrative rights! My coworker, @bspagna, came across a LinkedIn Blog post and we started doing this almost

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Is Your Flash Plugin Crashing with the vSphere Web Client?

I had this problem recently.  No matter what browser I used, I couldn’t get past the login screen of the vSphere Web Client.  My PC had upgraded to Flash Player 27.0.0.170 a few days ago.  I attempted to uninstall this version and install a previous one with no success.  But after doing some research, I found a KB Article from VMware. The first step was to uninstall Flash Player cleanly.  I found the link below which allowed me to download

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Using PowerCLI to Create a Local Scratch Partition

My company recently purchased some Dell Servers with ESXi installed to local SD cards. The issue we had was that the 8gb SD cards that came with the server and there wasn’t enough space on the cards for a scratch partition.  We ordered the servers with a single 300gb HD in order to get the RAID controller, so we decided to use that drive to store a scratch partition. The first step in the process, was to convert the drive

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vDocumentation: Check Out These Scripts To Automate Your Documentation!

Now that VMworld 2017 US has come to a close, many of the sessions are already up on youtube to watch. One of the ones I watched yesterday was SER2077BU – Achieve Maximum vSphere Stability with PowerCLI Assisted Documentation.  My friend, Ariel Sanchez Mora (@arielsanchezmor), and his friend, Edgar Sanchez (@EdmSanchez13), put together these scripts to automatically document your environment.  I HIGHLY recommend you check these scripts out!  Also, please send them a tweet or DM as they’re looking for

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Script to disable protocols older than TLS 1.2 and turn off RDP

My InfoSec team came to us asking we disable anything older than TLS 1.2 and turn off RDP on our servers in the DMZ.  We don’t allow RDP in the DMZ anyway, and they found that leaving RDP on when not using it poses a security risk. To do this, it involved multiple registry changes.  With several servers to do this on, I wrote a PowerShell script!  Only problem is, I don’t know which protocols are going to exist already

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PowerCLI script to forcibly delete a Datastore that is reported as in use.

Have you ever tried to delete a datastore and get an error saying the Datastore is in use? You browse the datastore and see nothing on it. The pre-checks when you unmount it all pass, yet you cannot delete it. We had this problem. VMware support directed us to delete the partition using the partedUtil command, but I didn’t like the possibility of human error in doing it their way. I wrote a PowerCLI script that performs the following. 1.

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Updating Dell Firmware/BIOS en mass

We recently ran into an issue where we had to update the Firmware & Bios on a bunch of Dell servers.  As these are VMware hosts, we couldn’t just run the Dell System Update Utility, as I would on a normal Windows host.  My coworker, @bspagna, and I decided to look at doing this via the iDRAC. Prerequisites:  Dell Repository Manager, a TFTP Server (like Solarwinds Free TFTP Server) First, we used Dell Repository Manager (Data Center Version) to build

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