• Review: PluralSight Offline Player OSX Beta

    Roughly a month ago, I received an invite to beta test the PluralSight offline player. At the time, only a Mac client was available. Previously PluralSight had an offline player, and it was awful. Thankfully this has not been the experience with the new player. My daily commute involves a... more

  • Review: JetBrains PyCharm

    PyCharm from JetBrains, is a full featured Python IDE. Which over the last 6 months has been my Python IDE of choice. The official site is: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm. I would like to share my experiences, which have mostly been positive. Editions Before jumping into thoughts and experiences, lets preface with the two... more

  • Python: Getting Started with HTTP Requests

    If you’;re looking at Python to interact with API’;s, it’;s likely that you’;ll use the Requests module. Many platforms also offer SDK’;s to help. Such as, Boto3 which is the AWS Python SDK. Requests is very well documented, both official and community documentation. The official site for Requests is http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/ In... more

  • Python: Parsing values from API Response

    Boto3 was my first real attempt to work with an API interface. At the start, I had difficulty using the API response. This was partly due to only light exposure to Python. Also, an incorrect understanding of what the response was. When people talk about APIs, it’;s hard to go... more

  • RancherOS: Installing to hard disk

    Recently I set about installing RancherOS. This was just to have a look and see what use cases it might help with. I chose to install RancherOS to a VM. In my case, VMware workstation. A roadblock I hit was providing an SSH key to the cloud-config.yml file. The roadblock... more

  • AWS Boto3: Using Boto3 to Describe VPC

    To describe a VPC is to retrieve the values of it attributes. A task we might perform to validate configuration. This article will demonstrate the following: Find VPC ID using filters Retrieve VPC configuration values Information on Boto3 can be found here. This post assumes that you already have a working Boto3... more

  • Palo Alto Networks Traps Forensic Folder Anon Upload

    During my time deploying Palo Alto Traps. I noticed something a bit concerning with the Forensics Folder security. After verifying the discovery, I raised a ticket with PA. Which confirmed my findings. The PA Traps Forensics Folder, cannot support any authentication. To visit the offical Traps site, click here Traps Terms... more

  • Top 3 Communication Skills Every IT Person Needs

    Eric Wright made a blog post titled: he Top 3 Skills Every IT Person Needs“. It’;s an excellent article, focusing on technical skills. Skills you should be learning about to stay relevant. Eric made a number of points that I’;ve taken on board. Eric’;s post is the source of inspiration... more

  • Discover and Clear Admin Count Attribute with PowerShell

    What is Admin Count? Before we discuss Admin Count, a little background is needed. AD contains an object called AdminSDHolder. Its purpose is to protect objects. Specifically, objects which are members of administrative groups. AD objects have an attribute called “Admin Count”. The default value is for most objects. Changing the... more

  • Quick VM Report with PowerCLI

    I primarily use this PowerCLI script after performing VM migrations. The script output focuses on what changed during the migration. Specifically moving to hosts running a newer version of ESXi. The script is simple to modify and adapt to fit your specific needs. Using the Script To make use of... more

  • RackHD Getting Starting on Windows

    RackHD is an open source project from DellEMC Code. The goal is to provide hardware management and orchestration. In order to achieve this goal, RackHD uses standard out of band management protocols. To help you get started, the documentation provides some brief tutorials. When using a Windows system. You will notice a few... more

  • PowerShell Script for Data Migration

    I recently needed to create a script for the purpose of migrating data. Due to complexity, a number of scripts were used. This post covers the script I created to remove illegal characters from directory names. Also adjusting for new directory paths. Migration Overview The migration had some quirks. Due to... more

  • First Experience with VDM30in30

    VDM30in30 is a challenge from the Virtual Design Master crew. The aim is to produce 30 pieces of content in 30 days. This content can be in any format. If you don’;t reach the 30, that’;s ok. I did not reach the goal of 30 new content pieces. I ended... more

  • Operations Managers Role in Hybrid Cloud

    Operations managers Intelligent workload placement used to be a challenge. Systems such as VMware’;s DRS provided simplicity. Operations managers take workload placement to another level. Ops Managers maintain a holistic view of DC performance and health. They have a large base of information to make decisions on. The more sources... more

  • Cloud Considerations: Application Architecture

    Traditional application architecture is not optimal for cloud services. They are big, singular and designed to be always on. Cloud requires small, mobile applications which handle failure without impact. Cloud is constantly failing. Systems are crashing, misconfigurations etc. We see it as stable through application design. When we interact with... more