2014 Installation Survey Says! Results #2: Case Study Comparisons of InstallShield Users

Large, small or in between, software vendors of all sizes face similar challenges when creating installers. And they find similar solutions when they choose InstallShield, the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. In this second article in our series on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey, we compare the challenges and benefits among sample InstallShield users at a large-, medium- and small-sized company. The survey, conducted with TechValidate, a third-party research service, was sent to current users of InstallShield. How does your experience with InstallShield compare to these customers? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed…

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Install Windows features through PowerShell – by clicking

 Rebuilding my home lab with PowerShell I am currently rebuilding my home lab (again! This time properly, I promise.) and my goal is to use as much PowerShell as possible. I am building everything on a Dell XPS 15 laptop with a 1TB Samsung SSD and 16GB RAM. Enough for a mid-size mobile lab. The host runs Windows Server 2012 R2, what else? On top of that I have also installed the Windows Management Framework 5 November Preview in order to use all the latest and greatest features of PowerShell, for example Desired State Configuration in its latest version. Of course, I have also downloaded the DSC Resource Kit in … Continue reading

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For Effective Software Asset Management–It’s all about the BASE…LINING

By Mandi Sue Bleau When you are getting ready to determine your software license compliance position by reconciling your software license entitlements with your software deployments, you need a place to start– a baseline. The information provided by software publishers make it such that the process of creating a baseline can vary by vendor, and frequently, customers have limited information about their purchases. Common things I see when working with customers: missing descriptions, missing stock keeping units (SKU’s, which are software product part numbers) and missing contracts. Below are the top 3 software vendors that I help our customers with,…

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Creating the System Management Container

By Garth Jones There are two schools of thought about the best way to create the System Management container. The first school of thought recommends that the Active Directory (AD) Administrator creates the System Management container and then permissions are applied to it. However, it is the second school of thought which I prefer. In this option, the AD Administrator...

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Why default database Autogrowth settings are bad

File Autogrowth – Never, never use the default database Autogrowth settings. As in the next screen shot, the tempdb default for the primary file is 1MB and the Log is 10%. Allowing these default settings will lead to excessive file fragmentation and impact performance. Better settings for Autogrowth are a minimum growth size of 512MB […]

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T-SQL Tuesday giving back to the community

  Read an interesting post here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/discussionofsqlserver/2014/12/02/t-sql-tuesday-61-giving-back/ and thought, why not? :)   Allow me to reflect a little; in 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to present SQL Server related content at: TechEd 2014 (Houston) IT/Dev Connections 2014 (Las Vegas) MMS Minnesota 2014 (Minneapolis) http://mms.mnscug.org/ Have created a number of blog entries focused on SQL […]

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Import users to Azure and Office 365 with PowerShell

Mass import of users into a cloud directory with PowerShell By now you should already know that PowerShell should be the default tool for every IT Pro nowadays. Every new product and every new release of an existing product out of Microsoft is shipped with a PowerShell module, that’s a clear sign. It’s not only Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Amazon, all big vendors make their products and services manageable via PowerShell. So get used to it This article will show you an end-to-end example of a PowerShell script that does a mass import of users into a Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Office 365 directory via PowerShell. Azure Active Directory won’t … Continue reading

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Managing SCCM Console installs

As I move to implement CU3 in our 2012 R2 environment, one of the tasks done is to update all your consoles. With my firms size we have consoles all over the place. They are on Site Servers, Workstations, Abacus’, even hosted on Citrix. I wan…

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