Author: Bryce Matheson

Provisioning Windows Machines via Ansible

Provisioning Windows Machines via Ansible

While I’m not new to Configuration Management (CM), necessarily, I will admit that I’m slightly outdated (hey, things change fast in the tech world, okay?). Prior to this, my exposure to CM has been limited to Chef or Puppet. Recently, I was tasked with vetting out the various CM tools out there, and began weighing …

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Export Outlook/Exchange Contacts to iCloud

Export Outlook/Exchange Contacts to iCloud

For the duration of my time at my current employer, they’ve provided me with a company-owned cell phone (that was also permitted to be used as my personal device). A couple months back, I started looking for new employment opportunities. I accepted an offer with a different company. Separating from the company, I’ve had to …

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Create SQL Server User and Add Role via Powershell

Create SQL Server User and Add Role via Powershell

I found a need to create a new SQL Server user, but wanted to automate it. The following script seemed to do the trick for me. You’ll have to install two modules, but the script will take care of that for you as well. Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted Install-Module sqlserver -Confirm:$False Install-Module dbatools -Confirm:$False …

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How to Perform a Silent Install of SQL Server (or SQL Express)

How to Perform a Silent Install of SQL Server (or SQL Express)

I needed to install SQL Server Express 2016 silently, but the documentation out there wasn’t the best. The trick to installing this silently is to create a ConfigurationFile.ini and then reference that during the install. Luckily for us, the installer creates the Configuration File for us. Download SQL Server I’ve only tested this using the …

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How to Update Ghost on DigitalOcean Managed by Serverpilot

How to Update Ghost on DigitalOcean Managed by Serverpilot

UPDATE¬† 4/2/19: While the information below may still be useful to some, I’ve since moved away from ServerPilot and now use RunCloud. You can read my post as to why I switched here. UPDATE 5/3/18: The following information is no longer valid. Ghost has since introduced a command line tool for installing and updating their …

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Fixing Ghost’s Default Casper Theme

Fixing Ghost’s Default Casper Theme

As mentioned a post or two ago, I’ve switched from Hugo to Ghost. And I’m in love with it. Writing posts in Ghost’s markdown window is beautifully simple, and I’d actually forgotten how much I missed authoring a blog post via a web interface (as opposed to a text editor/command window.) It’s not that I …

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SysAdmin Commands, Tips, and Tricks

SysAdmin Commands, Tips, and Tricks

Thought I haven’t been in the System Administration space for too long, I’ve learned a number of tips, tricks, and shortcuts that I use almost on the daily. I’ve compiled a list of my most common. Remotely Enable RDP So you just set up a new desktop/server, you get back to your desk, but now …

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