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Author: Allan Rafuse

Allan's IT career has moved him to several Canadian provinces and even to Sweden for four years. He has been nominated for the Cloud and Datacenter Management Microsoft MVP. Due to his Veeam experience in backup, restore, and DR scenarios, Veeam has accepted Allan into the Veeam Vanguard program. Allan has always been a senior member and key player in implementing Windows infrastructure projects, virtualized platforms (Hyper-V and VMWare) and cloud projects. His love is building roadmaps and lifecycle of the Windows Server environments, DR, automation and the development of ITIL processes for OSD, configurations, and performance. He is an expert at scripting solutions and has an uncanny ability to reduce complexity and maximize the functionality of PowerShell. Allan has recently rejoined the TriCon Elite Consulting team again as a Principal Consultant. Allan can be found on twitter @AllanRafuse and blogs on http://www.checkyourlogs.net

Total Posts: 60

PowerShell – My way to prepare a SQL Server VM

As I get called on a lot of to do SQL Server installations, I’ve come up with what I’ve found works best for me. Every location has different infrastructure, security, networks and their way of doing things. Since I’m the one doing the installation, and I know I’ll get called back in the future at some point to upgrade, troubleshoot or manage the SQL Server environment, I like to have a set of standards. Documentation, I actually do enjoy writing it (yes I may be sick), but having a self-documenting PowerShell script is even better!

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PowerShell – Start-Service, Stop-Service, they work, but not always well enough!

Well as the title suggests, I’m happy with the code, but I always find myself adding more and more code around the cmdlets. Service control in Windows has been pretty straight forward for the past few decades. Obviously PowerShell can control the state and configuration of services, but one thing I’ve always run into with service control is reacting to how the service stops and starts and also managing the state of dependent services. I’m sharing some short code functions that I use.

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