Category: Tips

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Doesn’t it make you grumpy when you sat in front of terminal and there someone asks you what a certain acronym in IT is… for example… Grumpy Admin what does SCSI actually mean…. I am actually quite a bit of a geek when it comes to IT acronyms and I normally fire off a reply with such authority that they… Read more →

The Windows Activation Rain Coat (MAK)

Grumpy Admin here – With another exciting tip – Today I was asked a very interesting question – I thought I would share it with you guys. I was asked – “How many activations does a particular Windows MAK key have available”. This was something I was able to instantly say – Yes I know a way of doing that,… Read more →

There is a cmdlet for that!

Grumpy Admin here – been in work 20 mins, half a cup of coffee and I nearly throw it over someone when I saw what they were trying to do… It bad form, and perhaps a bit rude but with only a few mouthfuls of coffee I had to interrupt and educate this guy! They wanted to get a list… Read more →

Windows Reliability – Yeah Right…

Morning, Grumpy Admin here – Yesterday I took a break from my boring documentation and other project work – Hence not many blog posts as well I have to actual earn a living, blogging doesn’t really pay the bills as much as I enjoy sharing with you guys. Well I decided to take a break when I was asked a… Read more →

Password1! are you kidding me!!! mimikatz do your thing!

Grumpy Admin Here, you know when someone says something, and you like… are you serious… typically they say these things out of lack of understanding. So here is a very very quick blog to start the day off!!! Maybe I was just grumpy and tired… but when I was told… just use” Password1”! as an service account password for a… Read more →

Posh “lookup” on DNS management

Grumpy Admin, was asked today to just do one of them simple management tasks in a domain that you don’t think nothing of. Add an A record to a DNS zone. Been doing this for years, so quite simple, you just load up the DNS management tool on the Server. Find the correct zone, ‘right click add new record’. Enter… Read more →

The RegEx Headache!

Grumpy Admin Here – I am still facing an uphill battle at the moment, the urge to slap certain people or push them down a lift shaft followed by petrol and a match is getting increasingly hard to resist. Enough about my ex-wife! The same can be said about certain people and their PowerShell. No PowerShell is bad PowerShell, it… Read more →

Start Screen Layout Rhetoric

Doesn’t it not make you grump when people fail to adapt and change with the times in IT. Where the IT decision makers are informed and make choices based on methodologies that are older than MySpace. Hell they might not have noticed the passing of geocities they are that old and set in their ways! I expect in a few… Read more →

BMP to JPG the PowerShell way!

Grumpy Admin Here – When I am writing documentation or blog posts. My tool of choice for screen captures is Microsoft OneNote. It a great little tool, I have all my engineering notes, and screenshots inside it. I think it actually very useful, searchable and I can store, lots of different content types, from files, emails to screenshots. Due to… Read more →

Sure about SecureString???

Grumpy Admin here. Security is not a dirty word Blackadder! I expect we have all seen cases where at some point or the other we had a script that need to do something and need Admin Credentials. Where there is a wonderful line at the start of the script saying! $PASSWORD =”Password1!” This is bad, very bad! I cringe when… Read more →