Dell EMC {code} Catalyst Program Launch!

Let's blow the dust off this blog... To say that my industry has evolved a lot since my last blog post would be a bit of an understatement. In fact it has changed to such a degree that probably merits a blog post of it's own, but suffice it to say next generation IT and cloud native applications are here and they are here to stay. What I am here to discuss today is an exciting new evangelist program from the great folks over at DellEMC. For those of you unfamiliar with them, the {code} group's motto is: It's boom…

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Varrow Madness 2014 - Auto Deploy, Image Profiles, and Host Profiles Slide Deck

Another Varrow Madness is behind us, and the feeling is bittersweet. So much fun and such great content, but I would be lying if I didn't say that we all look forward to it every year. It was a huge success with a great speaker, Shawn Achor, check out his Ted Talk if you havent. Also, we had some AMAZING speakers including but not limited to Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Jim French, Mike Foley, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, and of course, The Jason Nash. In addition to these big names there were a host of other industry experts from both…

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SQLing my way around the "Authorization Exception" Domain Logon Error in vSphere 5.1

Here's the situation. A customer had some AD issues related to botched DCs that were incorrectly P2V'd for whatever reason. As a result the customer had to open a trouble ticket with Microsoft and forcibly remove the DCs from AD as DCPROMO was not working properly. All then seemed to be well, there were some residual DNS and DHCP quirks to be worked out but things were improving. When suddenly any attempt to log into vCenter resulted in an "Authorization Exception" error. This is vSphere 5.1, which of course means the dreaded Single Sign On. Here is…

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PowerShell AD User Search

Had a buddy ask me for a quick PowerShell script the other day and I was happy to oblige, as I rarely get to write PowerShell these days and I really enjoy it. So without further adieu, here is a quick and dirty script that takes a CSV file with first names, middle initials, and last names, then spits out a simple text file of exact matches in AD. Great for environments where only a few users had accounts in the past and now for whatever reason you want to give everyone an account or something. It's not the most…

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