PowerShell: When and Where Writing Logs Matters

In the early days of my career, I had the epiphany that “Best Practices” really do not exist or apply to most scenarios. It should be all driven by logic and common sense in the end. What makes much more sense is to find the standard /common practice compares to the mythological unicorn of “best practices” and see if has value and benefit in a specific case. Continue reading “PowerShell: When and Where Writing Logs Matters”

How to sign a PowerShell script

As a DevOps engineer, I frequently come across talented developers that underestimate some security aspects of the deployments, for instance, just to name a couple:  integrity and authenticity of the code or artefacts that we deploy.

Python and Powershell are powerful languages to develop quick and robust solutions are extremely popular between attackers, for this reason, our ecosystem should take security very seriously.

Security is now far beyond the (old) perimeter of the company’s premises and infrastructure, indeed network or systems is abstracted away with or without cloud/hybrid deployments and just the enforcing identity is not enough in most cases.

In my opinion, white-listing applications around code-signing and checking the integrity of our code it’s more effective and less painful than you can think a good habit to build on a daily basis.

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Application Deployment Troubleshooting with Powershell

As a DevOps, most of my energies are constantly focused on doing or fixing things right from the start with the intention of creating a simple or at least straightforward processes.  But this is not an article on my endless war against technical debt and avoiding shortcuts whenever it’s possible.

the more things change, the more they stay the same

The values and the culture inherited from ITIL, Agile and DevOps massively influenced the whole modern software life cycle.  CI/CD extended to code quality/testing/delivery etc.. In these years should have changed most of our daily tasks or our business-as-usual, right? Well… not yet! Continue reading “Application Deployment Troubleshooting with Powershell”

How to generate a Remote Desktop Manager (RDMan) group XML for your infrastructure with PowerShell

I thought that RDMan, aka Remote Desktop Connection Manager, fitted perfectly in “A BLAST FROM THE PAST” category of software used back in the day by every System Engineer working on Windows Systems. I was wrong. Believe it or not, it is still strong today!

When you need to manage multiple servers/workstation remotely via RDP(Remote Desktop Protocol) it’s for most professionals the obvious choice. The GUI of the application is straightforward and in most cases or scenarios it’s fit for purpose. Continue reading “How to generate a Remote Desktop Manager (RDMan) group XML for your infrastructure with PowerShell”