Author: Shawn Melton

Technical Training – Good for Business and Career

Whether you are just starting out or have been working with technology and want to expand your skill set, training never hurts anyone. In some situations, your own company encourages it and wants to help you excel. You may be…

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GitHub and Microsoft – Did you hear?

Open-Source, GitHub and Microsoft. If I heard that during the Ballmer era of Microsoft, I’d ask if it was April 1st or not. If you are not a Microsoft junkie or just been busy working, you may not have heard…

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Azure Backup for SQL Server Public Preview

Backup for SQL Server on an Azure VM was released on June 4, 2018 for public preview by Microsoft. This feature provides the ability to centrally manage your database backups via Azure Backup service in the portal, and offers various…

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RDP Issue – CredSSP Encryption Oracle Remediation

Introduction We have recently had some issues accessing a few client servers and found it is related to a Windows security update that was released earlier in May 2018. The problem is when you try to RDP to a server…

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Azure Cloud Shell – Cloud what?

What is Azure’s Cloud Shell? Azure Cloud Shell is a browser-based, interactive shell that comes in two flavors: PowerShell and Bash. Microsoft has had this in public preview for some time now. It offers you the ability to pretty much…

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dbatools and a SQL Agent

The mission: Tell every DBA around the world about a secret formula that will give them powers. What power do you think that is? Freedom! Freedom to go work on projects that you want to do versus constantly putting out…

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How You Can Use dbatools Module to Make Your Life Easier

The mission: Tell every DBA around the world about a secret formula that will give them powers. What power do you think that is? Freedom! Freedom to go work on projects that you want to do versus constantly putting out…

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Visual Studio Code and PowerShell

Introduction Visual Studio Code (aka VSCode or just Code) has been around for a few years now. The 1.0 release came out in April of 2016 and from there we have seen feature after feature added with every release. VSCode…

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Extended Events – Fetching API CURSORS

Forum questions can sometimes cause distractions for me because they pique my interest at times, especially when I see someone say “Extended Event (XE) session is not showing the expensive query”. Extended Events are just… The particular forum question that…

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How to Build AD Domain on Windows Core Edition

This is a follow up post building an Hyper-V lab to learn SQL Server. Active Directory offers the PowerShell module ActiveDirectory for managing various aspects of the domain. If you are a full-time AD Administrator you may need to learn…

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