9 Months of Free Training with DevEssentials

Microsoft’s free Dev Essentials program has some super cool benefits - too many to plow through here. Once you are signed up you receive 3 months free to each of PluralSight, Linux Academy and WintellectNOW training. A ton of great free training just for signing up! You don’t have to redeem all the training at once, so you could put it end to end and focus on each one for a period of 3 months.

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Solving the Dreaded 'Removed' Windows Features Problem

Working at a client site a while back I came across a problem when attempting to install .NET 3.5 on Server 2012 R2. Microsoft decided to remove install source for this component from a default Windows build done from their standard ISO. Technically the feature should be pulled from Microsoft Updates if you ask for it - but there are certain conditions under which it generates an error instead. The classic answer you’ll find posted a thousands times on the web is that you have to provide a pointer to the 275 MB .

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NEW PluralSight Course: Securing AWS Environments with the CIS AWS Benchmark Security Standard

There is a storm front of two strong forces hitting modern IT shops. Force #1 is “Get to the Cloud” and Force #2 is “Don’t Be The Next Security Breach Statistic”. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) “benchmarks” are unique among security standards in that they are exceedingly practical, technology specific checklists. They also acknowledge, secure and leverage modern IT practices and technologies such as Cloud, DevOps, Agile and Automation. In addition, they are under continual development and improvement by a community of experts who speak into each benchmark.

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Chocolatey NuGet - Smooth and Sweet For Windows Software Deployment Automation

Chocolatey NuGet is smooth and sweet for Windows software deployment automation! I will be hosting the Birds of a Feather discussion “Chocolatey NuGet Packaging for Software Deployment Automation” at IT Dev Connections in Las Vegas on October 12th 2016. Whether you are looking to use it in Traditional Ops, DevOps or Continuous Deployment, I can field your questions. I’m also looking to learn a bunch about what and how you all are using it in your organizations!

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WOW - The AWS IAM Policy Reference You're Looking For!

Chocolatey NuGet is smooth and sweet for Windows software deployment automation! I will be hosting the Birds of a Feather discussion “Chocolatey NuGet Packaging for Software Deployment Automation” at IT Dev Connections in Las Vegas on October 12th 2016. Whether you are looking to use it in Traditional Ops, DevOps or Continuous Deployment, I can field your questions. I’m also looking to learn a bunch about what and how you all are using it in your organizations!

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EVEN EASIER Automated OpenSSH Install for Nano Server

Yes, I already wrote something titled almost identically. No it’s not a duplicate! Last time I had you download a .nupkg, unpack it, then push the files to Nano and run a PowerShell script. This time you can do the install right at the Nano remote prompt - no preparatory steps and no file copy. In addition, it works on Nano TP5 - which still has some challenging limitations that should be eliminated in the RTM version.

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Automated SSH Install for Nano Server

The Microsoft PowerShell team has been working hard on their port of the open source SSH tools. The admittedly rough installation instructions call for many manual steps and for using at least one 32-bit tool that does not run on Nano which does not have 32-bit support (WOW64). Since March I have been doing a Chocolatey NuGet package that installs SSH - including installing the server if desired. I thought it might be nice if this work was directly re-usable on Nano - even though Nano can’t currently run Chocolatey.

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Securing AWS with the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark Security Standard

Over the last several months I have been working to deploy a new AWS environment. Right as this project was starting I was delighted to learn that the Center for Internet Security had worked with Amazon and security professionals to publish a benchmark for the basic setup of an AWS account. I have been working to make the new environment build compliant with the CIS Benchmark and have learned a lot about security in general and security automation in AWS in specific.

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PowerShell Is Available for Linux, MacOS and is Open Source!

If you’re a PowerShell enthusiast you’ve been hearing a couple things for a long time. The first is Linux admin envy for something on Windows - yes the veritable PowerShell got the attention of many a Linux afficiando. The other thing is hearing Microsoft saying “Someday PowerShell will be on Linux.” Well someday has arrived! PowerShell is not only available on Linux, it is also now Open Source! I immediately took it off the shelf and tried it on CentOS 7.

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Binary Repos: Setting Up Your Own Private, Secured Chocolatey.org, Nuget.org, PowerShellGallery.com or hub.docker.com ($500 off IT Dev Connections)

Below is the session abstract for the session I will be giving at IT Dev Connections in October. Also, here is a code to get $500 off the conference: “500SPKR” Follow Me if you’d like to be notified of when the video is available! Binary Repos: Setting Up Your Own Private, Secured Chocolatey.org, Nuget.org, PowerShellGallery.com or hub.docker.com - Why and How The FossHub.com repository was recently hacked an all binaries had malware injected.

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