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Visual Studio Code as a PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment

Posted on August 15

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I know what you’re thinking. “Why use Visual Studio Code instead of the PowerShell ISE?” Well, if you’re using Mac OS or Linux, you don’t have the option to use the PowerShell ISE natively. And that’s a problem if you want to take advantage of the cross-platform capabilities of PowerShell Core. In this article, I’ll […]


Why People Haven’t Adopted IPv6 (And Why You Should Learn It Anyway)

Posted on January 1

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If you haven’t learned IPv6 yet, well, you’re not the only one. In December 2016, IPv6 (as we know it today) turned 18 years old. Children who were in the womb when RFC 2460¬†was being drafted are now old enough to vote, get married, and purchase firearms in some states. In honor of IPv6’s 18th […]


You failed your CCNP exam. Now what?

Posted on December 18

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You took one of the Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification exams. You went to the exam center, sat down, and started the exam. About 2 hours later, you saw the dreaded news appear on the screen: You didn’t pass. I’ve failed certification exams in the past, so I can relate to the facepalm-worthy feeling […]


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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If you have a home lab and don’t need vCenter, thee ESXi Embedded Host Client gives you web-based access to hidden features of your standalone ESXi host… without having to spin up a real vCenter server. As most everyone knows, the old VMware vSphere C# client has been on its way out for years. One […]