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Get the new PowerCLI: An Aspiring Automator’s Guide from #Altaro Get started on your path to automation greatness #Poswershell #vmware #Cli #vSphere   Leave a comment

PowerCLI: An Aspiring Automator’s Guide

Getting into scripting can be daunting. It’s easier to just use existing scripts found online, but if you choose this route you’ll quickly run into limitations. If you take the time to learn how to create your scripts, trust me, you’ll never look back!

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Automating vSphere is particularly useful for countless applications and the best way is through PowerCLI – a version of PowerShell developed specifically for VMware. Learn how to develop your own PowerCLI scripts with this free 100+ page eBook from Altaro, PowerCLI: The Aspiring Automator’s Guide.

Written by VMware vExpert Xavier Avrillier, this eBook presents a use-case approach to learning how to automate tasks in vSphere environments using PowerCLI. We start by covering the basics of installation, set up, and an overview of PowerCLI terms. From there we move into scripting logic and script building with step-by-step instructions of truly useful custom scripts, including how to retrieve data on vSphere objects; display VM performance metrics; how to build HTML reports and schedule them; the basics on building functions; and more!

Stop looking at scripts online in envy because you wish you could build your own scripts.

Get started on your path to automation greatness – Download the eBook now!

 

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Posted April 26, 2021 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Altaro

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Registration for The Microsoft Ability Summit is open! #Ability #Summit #AI #Office #Windows #Xbox   Leave a comment

The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join on May 5-6, 2021 and spread the word throughout your internal and external communities.

Registration is now open for Ability Summit on May 5-6th

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Registration for Ability Summit is open!

  • Wednesday, May 5 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PT
  • Thursday, May 6 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PT

Microsoft Ability Summit 2021 will feature:

  • Keynotes from Microsoft executives and notable members of the disability community
  • Expert panels featuring exciting projects and innovations
  • Demos of the latest accessibility features in Office, Windows, Xbox, and more
  • All sessions will be recorded and available post-event so no matter what time zone you are in, you can access the content at a time that works for you!

Registration is now open for Ability Summit on May 5-6th

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Posted April 15, 2021 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Event

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Effective March 31, 2021, the Azure portal will no longer support Internet Explorer 11. Start using the new Microsoft Edge for speed, security and privacy   Leave a comment

Well on every server or Windows device there is the Internet explorer and prepairing some server workloads you may need some browser and may need to connect to Azure. using an old browser is always an bad idea.

When setting up a new server what ever version it is I always remove the IE icon and install Msedge this works fine and gives me a more secure feeling.

Microsoft Edge

Opening the Azure portal with IE you will see a warning about non supported browser.

Microsoft Edge

With the option to download the Edge directly

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The portal still opens in IE but using some functions are not working sample as anything that will use HTML5

Microsoft Edge

Official Download links for Microsoft Edge Stable Enterprise

I’m not 100% sure it’s final but anyone who wishes/wants can test it.

Microsoft Edge Stable Enterprise

X64.msi
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2093437

X86.msi
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2093505

MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.cab
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2099616

MicrosoftEdgeIntunePolicyTemplate.cab
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2099617

macOS.pkg
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2093438

Blocker Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Microsoft Edge
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/microsoft-edge-blocker-toolkit

So when you want to auto mate this the following lines could be used to install quickly Microsoft Edge

#Create temp folder
New-Item -Path ‘C:\temp’ -ItemType Directory -Force | Out-Null

#Install Edge
Invoke-WebRequest  -Uri "
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2093437" -OutFile ‘c:\temp\MicrosoftEdgeEnterpriseX64.msi’
Invoke-Expression -Command ‘C:\temp\MicrosoftEdgeEnterpriseX64.msi /quiet /norestart’

This will install Microsoft Edge and you can set this in a powershell script and in the GPO that way all new servers will get Microsoft Edge.

 

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World Backup Day :This World Backup Day, WIN with Altaro! #Altaro #Backup #Win #O365 #vmware   Leave a comment

 

This World Backup Day, WIN with Altaro!

As World Backup Day approaches, we're reminded of all the mishaps, backup scares, and  near-catastrophes that we've experienced over the years – and how grateful we were to have backup during those times!

As World Backup Day approaches, we’re reminded of all the mishaps, backup scares, and near-catastrophes that we’ve experienced over the years – and how grateful we were to have backup during those times!

If you use Microsoft 365/Office 365, Hyper-V or VMware, celebrate with us. All you have to do is sign up for a 30-day free trial of either Altaro VM Backup or Altaro Office 365 Backup – it’s your choice!

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Posted March 26, 2021 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Altaro

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Step by Step Manage Windows Server in Azure with Windows Admin Center #servermgmt #winserv #MSIgnite #WindowsAdminCenter #Azure #AzOps   Leave a comment

During Microsoft Ignite there was a lot on news about Windows Admin Center the latest build 2103 is now GA  http://aka.ms/wacdownload

I’m a big fan of #WAC already wrote a couple of blog items about the product. and testing for some time now WAC in Azure, and now it is in public preview to test for us all.

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Running this in your own Datacenter or on a VM in the cloud but the best part is there is also an add on in Azure, How handy is that.

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Using Windows Admin Center can be done on a Windows 10 system or use a Server(core or Gui) or build this on a cluster See also my blog post about that item Deploy Windows Admin Center High Availability running on a Windows Server 2019 Cluster #winserv #WAC #WindowsAdminCenter #AzureArc #Azure #Hybrid | Robert Smit MVP Blog (wordpress.com)

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Windows Admin Center, your favorite server management tool, is now available in preview in Azure. This new capability enables seamless and granular management of your Windows Server Azure IaaS virtual machines (VMs) from within the Azure portal.

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Here is a short video highlighting some of the capabilities included with Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal.

Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal is available to all Windows Server customers on Azure running Windows Server 2016 or higher virtual machines in the public cloud. Create a new virtual machine today or deploy Windows Admin Center on your existing infrastructure. You can begin managing your virtual machines in Azure using Windows Admin Center by navigating to the “Windows Admin Center (preview)” blade under “Settings” in the Virtual Machine Azure portal UI. In my demo I used a Windows Server 2022 (insider build)

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How does it work in Azure, Well currently only in new created VM’s the Extension will be there.  When creating a fresh new VM (next next create) method the Windows admin center will be there.

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Some things are clear if the VM is turned off you can’t use the WAC blade.

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But keep in mind all your VM’s need a public IP and need a minimum of 3 GB memory so It won’t work for all your SKU’s

 

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The configuration is easy the VM must be running and have an external IP to route the traffic make sure there are no open ends on the Internet with that IP address.

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As you can see an NSG is placed around the VM to keep things secure. and the WAC port is been Added as inbound IP  on port 6516

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Now that Azure WAC is configured we can login with the VM credentials.

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and If you like Bastion but think it is to expensive for you, here is the free version Azure RDP in your browser.

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no other extra ports needed to have a fully web browser web RDP.

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All the Windows server options are there and easy to handle like Windows update in the Azure porter / wac blade I go to the Update section and select the Updates that I want to deploy and start it and move to the next one if needed. without logging on into the server with RDP.

 

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Want to know more about WAC here are some links to get you started.

 

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Want to see more about Windows Admin Center and use this in Azure go Azurewac to get all the details.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/azure/manage-vm?WT.mc_id=AZ-MVP-4025011

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/make-windows-admin-center-high-available-running-on-a-windows-server-2019-cluster-winserv-runws2019-windowsadmincenter-windowsserver2019/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/overview

 

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Posted March 8, 2021 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2022

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