How-To: Configure Google Chrome Extensions with Windows GPO

I recently worked on a project where we needed to create a fully self configuring mounted wall display solution that could be zero touch deployed across the company. You can read more about the full solution in my upcoming blog post. In this post I will highlight one piece of that solution: the Google Chrome Extension that can be configured with Windows Group Policy (GPO). Update 25.01.2020 The following section is obsolete!...

September 20, 2019 · 3 min · silthus

How to drop everything in a MS SQL Database

When working with SQL data and lots of foreign keys, you may have the need to drop everything. Well I have just the right SQL statement for you. The following statement will drop everything the given database, including the following: non-system stored procedures views functions foreign key constraints primary key constraints tables You can execute parts of the script on its own if you only want to drop a certain part....

March 13, 2018 · 1 min · Michael

RoboCopy the better XCopy – Parsing error logs

A few weeks ago I wrote about using XCopy to copy files and folder structures including their NTFS Permissions. Recently I came to the point where I wanted to see all errors and their related files, so I could fix messed up NTFS permissions. With XCopy however parsing the log is pretty much impossible. Also Microsoft suggests using RoboCopy as a sucessor to XCopy. And thats what I did. Using RoboCopy like XCopy In my other blog post I meantioned that I wanted to copy all folders and files including their NTFS permissions and ignore errors on the way....

March 12, 2018 · 2 min · Silthus

XCopy files keeping NTFS permissions and ignoring errors

XCopy is a very useful tool included in all versions of Windows. With XCopy you can copy large amounts of data with ease. Plus it has a switch that lets you copy over the NTFS permissions. Creating an initial full copy with XCopy 1 xcopy "C:\Source Folder" "F:\Destination Folder" /X /H /E /V /C Copy files and folders that changed since initial copy 1 xcopy "C:\Source Folder" "F:\Destination Folder" /X /H /E /V /D /Y /C Explanation of XCopy switches Parameter Description /?...

February 28, 2018 · 1 min · Michael

How-To: Extend windows partition blocked by recovery partition

When you are working with Visual Machines (VMs) and fixed hard disks it can happen that you run out of space. In such cases it comes in handy that you can simply extend the existing virtual hard disk. Since Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows 8.1 this is even possible while the VM is running. After extending the VHDX you just need to go into Disk Management and expand your partition. That’s the theory at least....

January 29, 2018 · 4 min · Silthus

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) behind Proxy

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) behind Proxy Recently I came accross the issue of wanting to install apt packages in WSL behind a corporate proxy. Plus I wanted to update my yarn package by using curl -o- -L https://yarnpkg.com/install.sh | bash which also needs to go through the proxy. The solution is the same as if we want to set the proxy in a standard Ubuntu. So simply create a proxy....

December 13, 2017 · 1 min · Silthus

Getting started with kubectl for Azure AKS on Windows

In this post you will learn how you can launch the Kubernetes Web UI Dashboard from you Windows Bash connected to the new Azure AKS service. Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux Before we get started with kubectl, we need to install the “Windows Subsystem for Linux”. This will enable us to run a bash shell and connect us to the Azure AKS environment. To enable the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” feature run the following command in an elevated PowerShell and restart your computer if prompted....

November 29, 2017 · 1 min · Silthus

Workaround for TCS has stopped working with HP Loadrunner TruClientIE

When using HP Loadrunner 12 and above with TruClientIE there is a known issue that the TCS process stops working after a couple of minutes. Running a normal scenario with 10 VUsers will cause the scenario to fail after about 20 to 30 minutes, because there will be no more virtual users left to run the scenario. While this problem is still existent in HP Loadrunner 12.01 as of 04....

November 16, 2017 · 2 min · Silthus