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System Engineer. PowerShell, Splunk, Monitoring, Metrics, Automation lover. Aussie living and working in the Netherlands.


  1. Best Practices with Packer and Windows

    Why you should be using Packer Getting Started with Packer Best Practices Step by Step Generic Templates Use guest additions mode of attach Use environment variables to change the action of a provisioning script Keep the OS information in your build script Disable WinRM on build completion and only enable it on first boot Use headless mode Set a high shutdown and WinRM timeouts Conclusion Why you should be using Packer Already know why Packer...…


  2. Ultimate PowerShell Prompt Customization and Git Setup Guide

    Source control and Git keeps getting more and more important for both Developers and Operations guys. Getting up and running with Git on MacOS or Linux is very easy as most things are built in. There are also cool tools like oh-my-zsh to customize your prompt. On Windows, it’s a bit of a different story. Let’s spend a little time installing ConEmu and Git, then customizing it to take our prompt from something that looks...…


  3. 5 Tips for Writing DSC Resources in PowerShell 5

    I have recently been writing some class based DSC resources and have been enjoying the experience much more than (trying to) write DSC resources in PowerShell v4. Using classes really simplifies the development process of the DSC resources, and I believe class based resources will be the norm going forward. As PowerShell v5 RTM has only been recently released back in February 2016, the large majority of DSC resources available on GitHub still use the...…


  4. Windows Metric Dashboards with InfluxDB and Grafana

    Understanding performance of your infrastructure is extremely important, especially when running production systems. There is nothing worse than a customer calling and saying they are experiencing slowness with one of their applications and you having no idea where to start looking. In the 2014 State of DevOps survey survey, one of the questions asked was how is your organization notified of failure?. Here was the multiple choice question asked: Through the survey, one of the...…


  5. ChatOps on Windows with Hubot and PowerShell

    UPDATED 20th May, 2017: If you are more comfortable with Python, you can this post on Errbot and PowerShell. UPDATED 8th July, 2016: Created a installation video for Hubot using PowerShell DSC here. UPDATED 1st July, 2016: Created a PowerShell DSC Resource to install Hubot which makes the process much easier. Can be found on GitHub here or found in the PowerShell Gallery here. ChatOps is a term used to describe bringing development or operations...…