10 min Windows 10 / Server 2019 build automation via OSDBuilder, autounattend.xml and Packer.IO

Intro As IT pros, we’ve got no shortage of new / interesting and useful tools available to us. With the adoption of open-source software into consumer and enterprise environments, a lot of the tools are free! As long as you don’t need serious 24/7 support that is How do you know which tools to use?Continue reading “10 min Windows 10 / Server 2019 build automation via OSDBuilder, autounattend.xml and Packer.IO”

Maintaining a home lab for on-going career success

Hi! I’m Owen, I work as a virtualization expert for a IT solutions provider in Quebec, Canada I’ve been working professionally in the IT industry since 2000, and from 2005 on-wards, have seen a huge benefit to maintaining a home lab The thing about working in the IT industry. Once you’ve completed the first part ofContinue reading “Maintaining a home lab for on-going career success”

Home lab diagram summary for July 2020

Greetings and welcome to the summer! Someone recently asked me why I had 5 vmware esxi hosts @ home. I realized some parts of my home lab aren’t documented , instead, their roles are trapped inside my head So, I put together a simple diagram of my current home lab I used the free draw.io toContinue reading “Home lab diagram summary for July 2020”

Stress + coffee + covid 19 = OMGERD

This post is not about giving people advice on what to eat//drink. If you’re reading this, you’re online, and I’m sure bombarded with health advice every day, especially under COVID-19, as there are more people at home who are idle for are searching for and touting answers  For me, health advice is confusing and seeminglyContinue reading “Stress + coffee + covid 19 = OMGERD”

You down with PDQ? (ya you know me)

Anyone working in the EUC field has probably pulled out some or ALL of their hair when trying to deploy software via Microsoft’s dreaded SCCM tool What if I told you there was a better way? That’s assuming of course, you’ve not heard of PDQ Deploy https://www.pdq.com/pdq-deploy/ I’m late to the PDQ game! I hadContinue reading “You down with PDQ? (ya you know me)”

CVAD 1912 UPL removal issues and fix

I noted some interesting (annoying?) unexpected behavior with UPL-enabled CVAD 1912 MCS master image machines over the weekend when I should have been playing DOOM ETERNAL At my current client, we un-installed CVAD 1912 to remove the UPL components. We did this for two reasons 1 – A default install of CVAD 1912 w UPLContinue reading “CVAD 1912 UPL removal issues and fix”

IGEL Disrupt 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee and my next tech conference

It seems my vacation schedule is mostly driven by tech conferences these days.  E2E in NY in 2018 Synergy in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019 IGEL Disrupt in Nashville, TN in 2020 All of which is great, as none of the above places i’d been to before, and each trip was exciting for personal and professionalContinue reading “IGEL Disrupt 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee and my next tech conference”

Citrix UPL and FSLOGIX – the best of both worlds

I’ve been working with Citrix technology for 7 years, and most of that time has been working in the slow-moving world of financial industry ITThat being said, I left that world last summer, to work for a small company here in Quebec, called ProContact.ca. I wanted to focus on SMB, where I felt I couldContinue reading “Citrix UPL and FSLOGIX – the best of both worlds”

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