How-To

  • Using Windows 10 Task Scheduler with PowerShell Scripts

    Tom Fenton details step-by-step directions to configure Windows 10 to allow running Task Scheduler and how to set up an automated task to run a PowerShell script every four hours.

  • Performing Weighted Routing in AWS Route 53

    Although Amazon's AWS Route 53 can be used to enable run-of-the-mill, static DNS routing, it can also be used to bring some intelligence to the routing process. For example, Route 53 makes it easy to perform weighted routing, useful in situations where you need to distribute traffic unevenly.

  • Best Practices for Managing Your EC2 Snapshots on AWS Cloud

    Aside from third-party solutions, snapshots are the best option for backing up your EC2 virtual machines, says Brien Posey, who explains how managing the process is something of an art form.

  • Bash to PowerShell Cheat Sheet

    While Tom was learning PowerShell, he found himself trying to translate the bash commands he was familiar with into the PowerShell commands that accomplish the same task, coming up with this handy cheat sheet.

  • How to Migrate DNS Services from GoDaddy to AWS Route 53

    If you host a lot of services on AWS, it can sometimes be useful to let Amazon's Route 53 handle your DNS hosting rather than letting a domain registry service handle it, because sometimes it's just nice to be able to manage your DNS record from within the same environment that you use to manage your other AWS resources.

  • Creating an iSCSI Target on FreeNAS

    Tom follows up on his previous article about installing FreeNAS and using it to create an NFS share to back a VM, now creating an iSCSI target on FreeNAS and using that target as backing for a vSphere VM.

  • Microsoft Cloud App Security: Everything You Need to Know

    The days of relying solely on a "blinky light firewall" to give you a sense of security are gone, and you need a cloud-based security solution for controlling your users' cloud access, such as Microsoft Cloud App Security. Paul Schnackenburg details what MCAS can do for your business, how it integrates with other security technologies and the different flavors it's available in.

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    Installing FreeNAS on a vSphere VM to Provide NFS Storage

    FreeNAS is one one of the most popular software-defined storage products available and in this article Tom Fenton shows you how he installed it on a virtual machine to provide an NFS Share.

  • Managing Software Licenses with AWS License Manager

    With licensing requirements becoming more complex than ever before, it has become increasingly important to use automated tools such as AWS License Manager to track license usage. Brien Posey shows you how.

  • Tracking AWS Activities with CloudTrail, Part 2

    Following up on a previous post that explained that Amazon logs AWS administrative activities and exposes those activities through CloudTrail, Brien Posey now examines two additional features that are worth looking at: Insights and Trails.

  • Passthrough an iGPU to a Virtual Machine

    Tom walks through his experience trying to get a virtual machine to be able to use an integrated GPU, and then do the same thing with a Horizon desktop.

  • Tracking AWS Activities with CloudTrail, Part 1

    While you can enable logging through EC2 instance guest OSes and through various other tools and applications running in the AWS cloud, you can also enable centralized logging through CloudTrail, which is designed to show you the administrative actions that have been performed across the various AWS services.

  • Build 2020: Azure News

    Paul Schnackenburg looks at some of the highlights in the Azure space, and how you can apply some of these new technologies and improvements to your cloud deployments.

  • Creating Immutable Storage on AWS S3, Part 2

    After previously explaining how to create immutable storage within Amazon S3, Brien Posey details some additional capabilities such as automated data lifecycle management or the ability to place a legal hold on certain data.

  • Creating Immutable Storage on AWS S3, Part 1

    Brien Posey demonstrates Object Lock and other functionality for immutable storage on the AWS cloud, often used for compliance mandates and increasingly in conjunction with backup and recovery solutions since some types of ransomware are now designed to target backups.

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    SSH on Windows 10

    With the OpenSSH client now installed by default on Windows 10, Tom Fenton explaines what SSH is and why it is so popular, how to use it, and what configurations can be done with it, before doing the same for Secure Copy (SCP).

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    Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines, Part 2

    Tom Fenton, after earlier demonstrating how he used Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) -- a technology which provides a VM with unrestricted, fully-dedicated access to a host's GPUs -- to use a server with a powerful graphics card in a VM, now shows how he added that VM to Horizon and the results of testing to assess its performance.

  • An Introduction to the AWS Security Hub

    AWS is a sprawling collection of individual services, each with its own security nuances, but the AWS Security Hub is able to help with this by providing normalized security information that spans AWS services. Brien Posey shows you how.

  • Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines

    Tom Fenton details how he developed a Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) VM to effectively create a powerful virtual workstation that could be delivered using VMware Horizon by passing through a GPU.

  • What's New in VMware Horizon 7 Version 7.11, CART 5.3 and DEM 9.10

    This release of VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure software is huge, says our local VMware expert Tom Fenton, who details the new offering here and explains how VMware is going all in with their HTML5-based Horizon Console and is giving a definitive deadline for the retirement of their Flash-based Horizon.

  • How to Host a Duplicate AWS EC2 Instance in Another Region

    Brien Posey shows how to host copies of an EC2 instance in multiple regions, which can help organizations ensure that an application performs well for users who reside in a different part of the world, or which can be used as a way of ensuring business continuity in the event that there is a disruption in the organization's primary instance.

  • How to Create OS Images in AWS with Image Builder, Part 2

    If you create a lot of EC2 virtual machines, then it is likely going to be worth your time to create custom operating system deployment images. These images allow you to deploy EC2 instances that are already configured with the software and configuration settings that you use in your own organization.

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    How to Create OS Images in AWS with Image Builder

    If you create a lot of EC2 virtual machines, then it is likely going to be worth your time to create custom operating system deployment images. These images allow you to deploy EC2 instances that are already configured with the software and configuration settings that you use in your own organization.

  • Historical Data in ControlUp

    Tom Fenton shows how he configured his system to save historical performance data retrieved from ControlUp, and subsequently used that data to solve a specific issue he was having with one of his virtual machines.

  • Sharing Your AWS Resources with Other Accounts

    Sometimes you need to share resources across AWS tenant boundaries, for example, to share a database with your suppliers. Thankfully, the AWS Resource Access Manager can be used to share AWS resources with other accounts.

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