Automation and patch Tuesday is a pain. Do you run a script and hard code it for the year? Do you change the date every month? Which is what I am doing now with System Center Orchestrator. Manually updating automation timing is fraught with error, forgetting, selecting the wrong date, etc. I found an really cool way to determine a given months patch Tuesday based on finding the week the 12th fell in and adapted it.
I decided it was time to move my site to a new host and get it all updated. I looked around and for a small traffic site like mine Digital Ocean seemed a nice choice.
I have an old Windows 7 era cheap laptop. It was a 'media' laptop, used for light browsing, Office, the kids games (Roblox, Minecraft), some YouTube Netflix etc.
Some PowerShell scripts I use for basic Operations Manger stuff. I added them to a SCOMAdmin PowerShell module
I've been following this basic outline for years for my family and friends support rules but while setting up a new system for my wife's friend it occurred to me I didn't have it documented for reference. Note: This is for non domain home or small business systems.
Someone recently complained about the number of tasks listed in Windows 8.1 Scheduled Tasks and searching them for example, Windows Defender. Quick trip into PowerShell land arrived at
Finished going through a recent NA TechEd2012 video Turn PowerShell Commands into Reusable CLI and GUI Tools by Don Jones.
Some of the advice I sort of knew and and followed.
Updated since the Windows 10 launch
Like anyone who works with computers and has friends and family I get asked to do friends and family support. One thing I've learned is that even this type of support needs rules or you end up spending way too much time that isn't valued. I like my friends and family but not enough to support any of their bad habits at my expense (time). By establishing some basic rules, people pay attention. Here are my rules.
In a given environment there can be many short term solutions that over time grow into long term headaches. We have a situation where we need to provide access to RDP sessions through Citrix. The original solution by previous admins was to create a custom RDP icon configured to the server in question and publish it in Citrix. This resulted in a rather 'busy' screen in Citrix and intermittant update issue.