Windows: Create and Apply a Windows 8.1 Deployment Image

Problem

I recieved a few new Dell TabletPC’s and I wanted to setup and create an image that I could deploy.
While this is a pretty basic task for a systemadministrator I have never gotten this to work properly.
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PowerShell: Generate (semi) Random Password

Problem

I want to generate a random passwords that meets a few rules.

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PowerShell: Write-Progress

Problem

I wanted to get a better indication of my scripts progression.
This would definitely be an improvement for the scripts that take several minutes (or even hours) to finish.

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Windows CLI: SqlCmd

Discovery

While trying to run a Transaction SQL command on a Microsoft SQL Express database I had trouble connecting to it using my SQL Server Management Studio on my local machine. While browsing the world wide web and some help files I found this.

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PowerShell: Convert String to DateTime and vise versa

Discovery

For the hundredth time I Googled how to convert String to DateTime.
It’s time I put it in my memory extension.

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Kanban: The Follow-up

About 4 months ago we started using Kanban as a project management system for our team of system-engineers.
Although skeptical at first, everyone adopted the new system and soon we where working at cruising speed using our Kanban board.

In those 4 months a lot has changed

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PowerShell: CPM – Parameter Management Module

In the intro I discussed my need to manage all script parameters centrally. To do this I want to create a PowerShell module to manage the parameters and to store the data in a SQL database.

In my previous articles I explained how I created a new SQL table, a new custom data-type, and simplified collecting data from a SQL database.

So now it is time for the final step: creating the management module.

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