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 Dropbox | 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.

Windows/Office Digital River Links Updates [11/23/14]

I’ve  made some updates to the Windows/Office Digital River Links page to correct some broken links. Microsoft is currently in the process of migrating from their old Digital River servers to Azure. Due to that change many of the links are being changed in addition to some products being phased out. I’ll try to keep up with the changes but if I miss something just let me know. I will also be looking into a cleaner download interface so you’re not assaulted with a page full of links. The goal is a dropdown interface where you can just select your product and language and get your links. Going forward, this post will serve as the page for updates and contact for the Microsoft links.

Now as for the links themselves, I’ve made a few changes to how they are presented. For the most part they will remain the same but with the addition of alternative version and download links. For most people you can just download the latest version link but I’ll keep old versions linked for those who need them. Since this page is the second most popular page on the site I’m going to give it a little more attention and spruce it up.

Finally, a thanks to who figured out the change to the link structure and serve as the base source for links.

Windows/Office Digital River Links

Todo [11/23/14]:

  • Fix Broken links – Ongoing
  • Add additional alternative links
  • Clean up link presentation

Weekend Project: Process Explorer Auto Install

I was bored this weekend and decided to try my hand at making a PowerShell script to automate the install of Sysinternals Process Explorer. It’s pretty rough product of about 3 hours of work. I’ll make improvements in the future as I get time. In any case, it’s available below.

Download ProcessExplorerInstaller.ps1 from Github
GitHub | PowerShell-Scripts / ProcessExplorerInstaller.ps1