Disable Users with Powershell

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One of the standard tasks that administrators perform is disabling users access in their environments.  This is a task I found myself working on recently.  An ideal candidate for PowerShell, I wanted to share it here.  This is by no means a final version of this script.  There are additional features that I would add including having in pull from an Excel file for the user information and disabling the user for Lync but this is the raw first version.  Any updates will be published on this site and linked to the original.  I have added comments to each section.  If they are not clear, please let me know in the comments and I will clarify.  

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Book Review: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

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The title caught my eye but it was the association with the content that really made this book resonate with me.  Creatives are not only artist or writers but people also include anyone who’s job function is to create like consultants and architects. I fall into that group and struggle with the main premise of the book, burnout.  Maintaining consistency in a delivery product can be very challenging and many of us don’t know how to handle creating at a constant pace. Todd outlines a framework that is designed to aid creatives in combatting burnout and increasing their productive bandwidth. After a few months of implementing Todd recommendations, I have been able to clear out a large portion of my backlog …

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ExpressRoute: An MPLS Connection to Microsoft Azure

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I have tried to focus my posts regarding the cloud on how it can actually be leveraged in your environment. My goal is to relate actual solutions and use cases to business challenges we see with our customers daily. This post is no different. As organizations look to move to leverage the cloud, network administrators need to work to ensure a smooth, secure connection. While a secure connection can be made over the web, a dedicated VPN connection was made available to provide a secure link and allow on-premises resources to be extended to the cloud. ExpressRoute provides even richer capabilities by allowing a dedicated MPLS connection to Azure. There are two main options for connectivity with ExpressRoute; through a …

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My Weekend with Uber

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The car hiring service Uber has been in the news lately raising $1.2B in funding but it was not until my recent trip to Houston that I was able to use the service. My experience was nothing short of brilliant. I have used cabs all of the world and expected my experience with Uber to be similar.  Smelly, dirty, rude, and expensive could all be used when describing most of the cabs that I have ever used.  Uber has certainly disrupted that model and it is clear why cab companies are fighting to keep them out of their cities.  They will be forced to significantly change to keep pace. Hiring Experience I have used apps on my phone to try and get …

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Cloud Integrated Storage on Windows Azure

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For quite some time in IT I have heard people say “storage is cheap”.  I am not sure why this saying came about, but anyone who has purchased a new SAN or added storage to their environment can probably testify that is simply not true.  Adding space or creating a Storage Area Network is not cheap or trivial a task.  With the explosion of data, the demand for this storage continues to grow.  Organizations I have talked to in just the past few months have had challenges keeping archived email and files, storing image files that support their applications, and then needing to backup this data offsite.  These conversations have traditionally led to discussions around data tiering and how to push …

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