PowerShell: GoodSync Installer/Updater, Service Disabler and Cleanup

I use GoodSync for file synchronization a lot. While a awesome program, there are two major issues I find with it – the lack of a auto-update mechanism and the GoodSync Server service which is auto-enabled each time you update and I personally don’t use. So I created a PowerShell script to take care of all that. Downloading the msi, initiating the install/update, stopping and disabling the GoodSync Server services and cleaning up the temporary files and desktop icons. Enjoy!

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Site Broken, currently fixing.

The site is pretty broken right now after changing hosts. Currently in the process of fixing. Thank you for your patience.

Things should be fixed with exception of the Disqus comment system which I’ll take a look at later. If you find any issues just leave a comment with the standard WordPress commenting and I’ll get it fixed.

Hopefully some new articles in the future.

HTTPS brought to you by Let’s Encrypt!

The site is now fully  (mostly anyways) running on HTTPS. Thanks to my new host, MDD Hosting, the entire site is now secured with a certificate from Let’s Encrypt. 1&1 couldn’t do that without a big bundle of cash and being locked into their service!

There’s still some bugs to be worked out but the lock is here to stay. Hopefully now that I’m done with fighting with 1&1 for the last 5 months I can get back to making some content.

PowerShell : Windows 10 Modern Application Removal Script

If you have Windows 10 you’ve not doubt seen the new modern apps and either love them, hate them or just don’t want to deal with them. Windows 10 does not provide an easy way to remove any of these applications or to keep them from running which can be a major issue for low RAM systems. The good news is they can quickly be removed via a few PowerShell commands or a script. The script below is one I’ve been using to manage them on my systems. You can also find a link to GitHub where I maintain this and several other PowerShell scripts I routinely use.

GitHub PowerShell Scripts | GitHub W10RemoveCoreApps Script
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Patching the vCenter 6.x Appliance

With the latest version of the vCenter Appliance (vCSA) there is a new process to patching the appliance. Gone is the old Web UI of the 5.x era. The new process isn’t anything to be scared about though and should be familiar to most Admins and techs. Instead of the old web interface the upgrade process is basically just to attach the patch ISO and run a few commands via the console or SSH.

While researching the proces to update my own server however I came across a few unclear instructions concerning the process. I worked out what I needed to do after a few searches and a couple KB’s. Most of this guide will be a rehash of others and the official instructions but I will be including a few clarifications as well as some visual representations of the process to help those that got a little confused by the regular instructions.

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Site should be Back Up

1&1 messed up royally and completely trashed the site. Luckily I do nightly backups to Dropbox so I didn’t lose much but it’s taken 2 days to get everything restored (no thanks to 1&1 Support). The may still be some issues and missing stuff that’ll I’ll have to fix. Please let me know if you spot anything.

Windows/Office Digital River and Azure Blob links removed

I’ve removed the Windows/Office download links as Microsoft has retired their Digital River/Azure Blob service (or at least removed Windows and Office from it). Since all the links now 302 and no longer work there is no point in keeping them up. I will continue looking for a new, safe source for ISO’s and Images for Windows and Office and update the page at that time. Until then it’s back to the old ways to getting them.

Moved Hosts

Changed hosts so things are a bit broken at the moment.

ESXi / vSphere 6.0 General Availability Offline Depot

VMware released vSphere 6.0 to GA (General Availability) on 3/12/15. If you want to upgrade you can pretty easily go to the VMware site and download the appropriate files. What is missing however is a Offline Depot for that who want to perform a in-place upgrade. It seems that VMware has chosen to only make the Depot available to those that have purchased a license for vSphere 6.0. I’m sure in time they will change this but until then I’ll be making the Offline Depot available for download here.

Offline Depot via Mega [Resumable]

Otherwise, head to My VMware and get upgraded. You can see my previous post on upgrading with a Offline Depot here.

Don’t let your hard work put money in someone else’s pocket.

Don’t let your hard work put money in someone else’s pocket.