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Yak Shaving

The fine art of Yak Shaving

I’m often asked just what it means to be “yak shaving”. I can’t tell you what the true origin of the phrase is, but believe me, I can tell you that I have shaved plenty of yaks in my career. Let’s take the example of a process that I’m working on which is to take a CSV file of data …

PowerShell One-Liners – Take my script, please!

Hail Henny Youngman, the king of one-liners!¬†One of the great things about PowerShell is the ability to create simple, powerful one-line scripts. This is not to say that we need to crunch everything down to single line just to be cute, but we have the ability to build effective processes by making use of the pipeline. With shell scripting, it’s …

Group Policy – WMI Filters by Operating System

Have you ever wanted to separate your Active Directory Group Policies from each other based on criteria such as target operating system? Well you are in luck! With some very simple WMI filters you can do exactly that. Using WMI filters is a simple, and flexible way to create specific target criteria for delivering policies. For my situation, I’d like …

Steve Perry

Think you are irreplaceable? – Information sharing is a necessity

We have all worked with this person. They are the one who knows the inner workings of all the strange systems, or understands some obscure process that nobody else understands, or perhaps wants to be responsible for. We do this ourselves quite often. When I launch a new system or process I am equally guilty of not always putting the …