How to load test websites?

Does your company care about their website? Do you have clients that are doing business over their websites? Are you ready for the upcoming Black Friday? At this moment you should pay attention if your website and infrastructure behind it are ready to endure. Among all the great commercial tools lies the jewel which is…

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SQL Server – Testing backups (part III)

Welcome to the final step of your future automatization 🙂 Quick reminder what we have done previously. This one forced me to learn new stuff – writing SQL queries and grabbing the results. It was fun to do 🙂 So the general idea was to create a script that will connect to the SQL server,…

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SQL Server – Testing backups (part II)

Welcome back to a resolution of  Admins nightmare – Primary site is down and backup files are useless. Today we will go through the short procedure of getting the data from Blob storage to a local drive. The script is very similar to the previous one, with few specifics which are well commented 😉 Don’t…

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SQL Server – Testing backups (part I)

Everyone who has ever installed a SQL Server has also set up a backup procedure (hopefully :)) But, besides backing up your valuable data, how many of you are actually testing what has been backed up? Do you have a disaster recovery procedure? If you do – how often do you do it? How much…

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Azure custom reporting

My team had a few Azure projects in the past couple of weeks and as for every good project, we had to create a documentation. This gave me an opportunity to write a script (ended as a function) that we could use in the future. Let’s see what we get out-of-the-box. If we run “Get-AzureRMVM”…

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SharePoint migration

This was my first SharePoint migration – from On-Premise to O365. You can, of course, use SharePoint Migration Tool but I decided to find out how to do it with PowerShell 🙂 This task consist of 2 parts: # SharePoint 2013 Management Shell side (On-Premise) Export-SPWeb -Identity “https://SHAREPOINT_SITE_ROOT” -ItemUrl “SITE/LIST/LIBRARY_2Export” -Path c:\migration\export.cmp -NoFileCompression # SharePoint Online Management Shell side…

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Migrating Exchange to O365 – Small headaches

I have done a couple of those in the past for different clients – from just a few users to a couple of hundreds of users. My team already has the best practice workbook and we don’t have issues in the process. This weekend I managed to have two different problems with one customer o.O First issue –…

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PowerShell connecting to O365 services

This one is more a reminder for my self, but may come in handy for you too 🙂 When you want to manage O365 subscription with Powershell you first need to login to it: Connect-MsolService This command will open a new window for you to sign in to your subscription: After logging, you may execute…

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AD heavy changes – Powershell 2 the rescue

Recently I have been assigned a task to populate/change AD users attribute called ProxyAddresses. Generally, that’s not so hard – a few clicks and a bit of writing. But this time, it had to be done for a couple of hundreds of users. It was time to spend some time and create a PowerShell script that…

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Hyper-V and Powershell to save the day

If you are managing Virtualized infrastructure by using Hyper-V, this small script may come in handy (and save you from getting a headache). Few clients have a procedure to create VM Snapshot before making some big changes to the VM (I know, that’s not a backup solution but I can’t win all the battles). The problem…

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