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Extending OS drives on EFI based systems the ez way?

INTRO Hello friends, has this ever happened to you, you spill red wine on your white couch and don’t know what to do? Kidding aside, surely you’ve run into this issue before? You note the C drive on your windows VM is running low, extend the disk on your hypervisor, on opening diskmgmt.msc, you seeContinue reading “Extending OS drives on EFI based systems the ez way?”

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Home lab 2022 update – house edition

It’s time for my favorite topic, home planning and upgrading šŸ˜ This article will cover changes I’ve made or have planned based on the move to my house. You can read through in it’s entirety or skip to the respective sections for compute hosts, case/rack, networking, storage, hypervisor choices, desk workspace area, UPS, and monitoringContinue reading “Home lab 2022 update – house edition”

Getting ‘administrative events’ from a janky system

Recently, I was helping a co-worker with an issue noted where Win 2019 MCS clones going into a janky state intermittently. I’m a big fan of the windows event viewer for immediate troubleshooting, however, the system was so degraded, we were unable to use compmgmt.msc to remote to the system to open eventvwr.msc However, weContinue reading “Getting ‘administrative events’ from a janky system”

Custom offline ISO Windows deployment method as a packer alternative

Background For 2022, it was time to start using the packer automation I learned / wrote about in 2022, however, when I first tried to use it with my first 2 clients, it failed, in each case, for a different reason. On a third attempt to use it, I didn’t have access to the client’sContinue reading “Custom offline ISO Windows deployment method as a packer alternative”

Monkey biznuzz time mgmt startegy

šŸµ If you’ve read my bio/current job/recent posts, you’ll know I do It consulting for a company in Quebec, Canada. 90% of my projects are 2 to 3 weeks long in scope, if we run out of time, two things will happen: -The project will be paused-The client will need to buy more hours NeitherContinue reading “Monkey biznuzz time mgmt startegy”

Measuring the impact of ‘Direct workload connect’ on Citrix Cloud session brokering time with ControlUP / CQI

In this blog post, I’m going to talk about a Citrix cloud feature you might have heard of, but not implemented. It’s called Direct workload connect:https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-workspace/optimize-cvad/workspace-network-location.html In this post, I will review how to get it working, and most important of all , how to measure the impact of implementing the feature using numbers. IContinue reading “Measuring the impact of ‘Direct workload connect’ on Citrix Cloud session brokering time with ControlUP / CQI”

Windows build automation w PackerĀ  / Powershell 2022 redux

Last year, I wrote a long post about using Packer.IO to automate basic VMware shell creation and Win 10 / Win 2019 installation. At that time, I only ended up using the solution for re-builds on own home lab. This year, I’ve had the need to build golden images for multiple clients, each time, theContinue reading “Windows build automation w PackerĀ  / Powershell 2022 redux”