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By Clive Norman
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| Tags: PowerShell Azure SysAdmin

It has been a while since I last blogged - life has certainly been busy! Over the past two years I’ve somewhat immersed myself in PowerShell. While I wouldn’t claim to be a PowerShell Guru, my knowledge has substantially grown, thanks in part to splendid collaboration with some exceptional colleagues. ➡️

| Tags: Power Automate QuickTip Office 365 Outlook

OK….that title was a bit of a mouthful - but it’s a little difficult to categorise what is essentially a kind of hack! Recently, I felt it was advisable to start regularly recording my blood pressure results (comes with age I’m afraid). ➡️

| Tags: Power Automate iSAMS MIS

I’ve recently being getting deeper into the weeds (so to speak) with Power Automate. Whilst this product clearly isn’t a fully fledged programming model, it does sit very nicely in that “low code” methodology, and can be extremely effective when there is a need to quickly create and perform a specific task. ➡️

| Tags: iSAMS MIS C# Database SQL

Firstly, let me register that I much prefer writing raw SQL when interrogating iSAMS than using the official iSAMS REST API - there, I’ve said it! However, I do entirely appreciate the necessity for an official API in order to cater for security, consistency, potential database schema changes & futureproofing etc. ➡️

| Tags: iSAMS PowerBI Database SQL MIS

Like many people, I’ve tinkered with Power BI over the years but have never really dug deep into the weeds; the same can also be said for the iSAMS REST API. ➡️

| Tags: SysAdmin Exchange PowerShell QuickTip

Having fully migrated our on-prem Exchange to Exchange Online, there were a few little gotchas along the way that we had to contend with - which was to be expected. ➡️

| Tags: Powershell SysAdmin QuickTip Exchange

It’s not uncommon to receive unwanted emails which have managed to work their way through the array of filtering systems in production. Recently our organisation received such an email - a classic phishing email sent to multiple end user accounts. ➡️

| Tags: WSL Linux Quicktip

To be honest, as I’m sure any right-minded individual would agree, downloading videos from YouTube for personal gain is wrong. However, there are occasions when it is arguably reasonable and possibly even legitimate to do such a thing. ➡️

| Tags: Powershell SysAdmin Quicktip

A common issue with supporting a primarily Windows based user body, is that thanks to the “always on” expectation emboldened by smartphones and tablets, it can be a constant battle to try and encourage end users to restart their computers with some degree of regularity - yes IT friends, you know exactly what I mean! ➡️

| Tags: SSRS iSAMS QuickTip SQL

It’s been eight months since my last blog post, having taken on a new job, been on the receiving end of a full-on enterprise ransomware attack (that wasn’t nice!) and quite frankly experiencing one heck of a baptism of fire - I felt it was time do write a quick blog post tip! ➡️

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