Archives for the month of: January, 2011

Since PowerShell has burst onto the scene and many a System Administrator (myself included) have jumped on-board and started using it, it can be easy to forget the handy-dandy Directory Service or DS command-line tools.  Today, I used the dsquery and dsget commands to list all of the groups that a particular user is a member of.  Here’s what I entered on the command-line:

dsquery user -samid jdoe | dsget user -memberof

All Done

Just completed work on redesigning the website for the Felege Hiywot Center.  Overall, it was a fun project to work on as I had a lot of freedom and flexibility in designing and implementing the website.  Best of all though, I didn’t have a burdening time constraint that I have had on other design projects.  This allowed me time to explore a bit and implement more detail into the design.

Inspiration and Thoughts

Initially I spent quite a bit of time looking over their original website which was well-organized initially and had a very clear focus.  This made my job easier.  I usually start with the question, “what is this website trying to say” or “what is the message”.  Then I identify who is the audience for the website (i.e. potential visitors). Read the rest of this entry »

The Low-Down

In our environment we have more than a handful of different laptop and desktop models that we deploy to end users.  On top of that, we are in the midst of a “refresh” were we upgrade out of warranty machines to newer models.  We are a Dell shop by the way.

A little while back I finally got our OSD infrastructure up and running and worked out all of the nuances and intricacies of it as it relates to our business practices.   In the interim I settled on utilizing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and integrating it with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) by customizing their pre-built task sequences for installing images.

Unfortunately, this was not a one-size-fits-all approach due to the structure and underlying rules resident in our environment.  For example, some computers are destined for a specific department and based on that certain applications would be installed on the computer.  This (and other such criteria) led me to have to create a separate task sequence for each and every possible deployment scenario.  Needless to say, this was painful and a nightmare to maintain.

So I thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if we could have some sort of wizard that pops-up and you could input all of this information?”  Furthermore, it’d be even cooler if I could have only one task sequence that will work for each and every possible scenario. Read the rest of this entry »


A computer running Windows XP SP3 32-bit edition had a special printer physically connected to it for printing checks.  Had some issues recently with this particular printer and Great Plains so in an attempt to troubleshoot the issue, thought I’d try to make this printer a network printer.  This turned out to be more of a challenge than I originally thought but like always–I figured it out. Read the rest of this entry »