Old school troubleshooting based on OSI model

Intro In college, the OSI model was drilled into me, as one of the IT admin courses I was taking included the full Cisco Certified Network Admin track. While I never did take up a job doing pure network stuff, what I learned about the OSI model is still useful to this day We haveContinue reading “Old school troubleshooting based on OSI model”

Buying a used car after 10 years out of the game

Intro Here’s a non tech blog post I love driving, maybe more than I realized when I first started test driving for a used car in May of this year. I’ve only owned 2 cars in my life, both Honda: A 1995 Civic Coupe, and a 2001 Civic EX, both were manual transmission. Prior toContinue reading “Buying a used car after 10 years out of the game”

ID windows evaluation licenses time bombs!

I’ve been using a PowerShell script to check my home network/lab assets for many years, as time has gone on, and I’ve added and removed functions from it. Additional details are available on this post from last year: Powershell health check script – GetVpro (wordpress.com) Sometime in the past few years, I removed a functionContinue reading “ID windows evaluation licenses time bombs!”

Random fix: Resolving issues with Chrome pinned icons associated to 32-bit chrome where 64-bit is now installed

Season’s greetings! Here’s an interesting fix I found to an odd issue from last week at a client It should be noted this issue could probably be fixed with Avanti, or WEM, but that wasn’t an option for my client, so I just used PowerShell instead For this client, we had been pushing a managedContinue reading “Random fix: Resolving issues with Chrome pinned icons associated to 32-bit chrome where 64-bit is now installed”

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”

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