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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

Preparing to Upgrade SQL Server? Data Migration Assistant! Part 1 #MVPHour #SQLServer #DMA

Datacenter’s and companies everywhere generally rely on a core piece of software to store their data and metrics, SQL Server. It’s nice to keep it up to date, but sometimes, and a lot of the time, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. SQL Server has been around for quite a while, there are many databases hosted by SQL Server. Microsoft has released many upgrade advisors over the years, but recently the SQL Server team has overhauled their traditional SQL Server Upgrade Advisor and have created a new product – SQL Server Data Migration Assistant (DMA), which is different than SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). To pull off a successful migration or upgrade, you need to do your detective work.

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VMware Storage and PowerShell #MVPHour #PowerShell

Well I’ve been buried lately under a lot of LUNs. Spring is over and a customer I’m at has forgotten to do their spring cleaning! Needless to say, the LUN presentation and maintenance to their VMware clusters is a mess! In order to audit the system and ensure things were going in my favor, I wrote quite a few PowerShell code blocks/1 liners.

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Active Directory – When was this user/computer Created #PowerShell #MVPHour #

A pretty simple request came across my desk today. I was requested to send a report of users that were created after a specific date. Do you remember the Windows Server 2003 and prior? Before PowerShell? We had to use what I’ll term loosely as “wonderful” LDAP queries. Also the query result was pure text, we couldn’t do anything easily with it short of magical text parsing! Well here is my PowerShell script I quickly whipped up!

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