PowerShell Module for Detecting Vulnerabilities to Speculative Execution
Microsoft today (Jan. 4th, 2018) provided a PowerShell module to detect vulnerabilities related to Speculative Execution side-channel attacks. This vulnerability affects Intel, AMD and ARM processors, along with operating systems. You can review the Microsoft security advisory ADV18002 here.
This will install the module to your local machine
*if you are having issues with install the module via the command above you can find the module on my github here.… Continue reading
How to Enable SSH for VMhost with PowerCli
To enable SSH:
To disable SSH:
– Stuart… Continue reading
Lenovo Warranty Information Lookup
To continue with the theme of my last post, I’m going to show how to gather the warranty information for Lenovo Servers. This was a bit tricky as this isn’t an API call, but more of a website parsing.
Getting the Lenovo Server information
To be able to perform this warranty lookup, the server information will need to be retrieved, and what a better way than getting it from the VMhosts themselves.… Continue reading
Using PowerShell to get HP warranty information
Have you ever need to find the warranty information for your environment’s workstations, and didn’t want to spend hours to get the answers. That is where PowerShell and HP warranty API will come in handy.
Sign up for an HP Developer’s account
Before you can begin you will need to sign up for an account on HP’s website, https://developers.hp.com/. … Continue reading
The other night I had a task of upgrading 22 VMs with additional vCPUs and memory. I also had a maintenance window of 60 minutes to get this completed. So I wasn’t going to do this more than once, so I just wrote a simple PowerCli script that would handle this process for me.
So this script starts off identifying the servers that the work is going to be performed on.… Continue reading
New Method for Installing PowerCLI
Starting with the newest version of PowerCLI, 6.5.1, the method for installation has changed from the typical MSI file to using the PowerShell Gallery.
Step 1. Uninstall PowerCLI
The first step is to uninstall PowerCLI from your system. To do this use Add/Remove Programs.
Before Installing the New PowerCLI, the old installation needs to be removed. … Continue reading
At work we have started to make a push to get as many servers off of RDM (Raw Device Mapping) drives in the virtual environment as we can. We use the RDM drives with MSCS (Microsoft Server Cluster Service) with SQL, but we do have a few application failover cluster as well. With this change we have an influx of iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) drive configurations along with MPIO (Multipath I/O) configured. … Continue reading
Have you ever found yourself trying to run a command, and found out that you need to have modules loaded that are only installed on a remote server. I know I have many times, and trying to found the right module to download at times is nearly impossible.
So starting with PowerShell version 3.0, there is a now way to import a module from a remote machine. … Continue reading
With the release of Windows Server 2016, we did a complete overhaul of all of our VM templates. The current way that I was building VMs (link to article) and configuring the NICs (link to article) stopped working because we increased the security footprint in the templates. So I was stuck figuring out how to revamp my build script. … Continue reading
Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor
With all of the home automation articles floating around the web these days, I thought that I would take some steps to get my house some updates. About 4 months back I had the HVAC system in my house replaced, but we didn’t opt for the installers to add a smart thermostat. … Continue reading