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Fixing PowerShell’s Copy-Item “Access is Denied” Error

Posted on October 25

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Recently I needed a way to copy a certificate file from within a PowerShell session to another Windows machine without opening a nested PowerShell session. But I ran into a little snag along the way: Copy-Item‘s dreaded Access is denied error. Here’s my setup: A Windows 10 laptop, from which I’m remoting NC1, a Server […]


Installing the VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client

Posted on September 24

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As most everyone knows, the old VMware vSphere C# client has been on its way out for years. One of the things keeping it alive is the fact that not everyone has a vCenter Server, and even those who do don’t necessarily use the Web Client. Sadly, there are some really cool features the old […]


How to Fix the Blurry, Fuzzy, Ugly Text in Windows 10

Posted on July 7

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After upgrading my Lenovo ThinkPad to Windows 10, I was so pumped. The upgrade went smoothly, all my apps worked, but then I noticed something: some apps had blurry, fuzzy text. Ugly, blurry, fuzzy text on Windows 10: This might not bother some people, but to me it felt like trying to read a wet […]


PowerShell and Donald Trump

Posted on June 14

Still not convinced that you should learn Windows PowerShell? Russia used some awesome PowerShell tricks to hack the Democratic National Committee and get Donald Trump’s opposition research file. While you shouldn’t (and hopefully won’t) use PowerShell for international espionage, there are some really awesome things you can do with it, like building out an entire […]


New book! Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches

Posted on March 15

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The pre-release of my new book, Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches, is available from Manning Publications’ early access program. The book is a tutorial designed for beginners who want to learn how to administer Cisco switches and routers. Set aside a portion of your lunch hour every day for a month, […]