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  • [OT] : Windows Activation, en masse

    This weekend I discovered a minor issue in one of my virtual environments. I had built out 100 VMs based on a Hyper-V template, but I forgot to activate the original source before creating the template, so all of the machines were suddenly out of compliance. While easy enough on a one- or two-machine basis to just log into the machine and activate ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on March 13, 2011
  • T-SQL Tuesday #15 : Running T-SQL workloads remotely on multiple servers

      This month's installment of T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Pat Wright (blog | twitter). Pat says: ''So the topic I have chosen for this month is Automation! It can be Automation with T-SQL or with Powershell or a mix of both. Give us your best tips/tricks and ideas for making our lives easier through Automation.'' In a recent project, ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on February 8, 2011
  • PowerShell, Start-Job, -ScriptBlock = sad panda face

    I am working on a project where I am using PowerShell to collect a lot of performance counters from a lot of servers.  More on that later.  For now I wanted to highlight an important lesson I learned when trying to use Start-Job to call a PS script using -ScriptBlock and passing in parameters.  This could be a comedy of errors if ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on January 29, 2011
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