Monitoring the Network Load with Powershell

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Monitoring is an important activity in IT operations, it’s essential for correlating the state of all the moving parts of our systems and applications and create a big picture of the health of the whole environment.  Before going down the rabbit hole of complicated monitoring tools and techniques let’s start with define a that monitoring can be subjective and on a case-by-case can be very basic or detailed and can let you choose a specific tool or strategy. There is no one-size-fits-all. This week I needed to implement a custom check to monitor the network load/usage on any Windows OS and instead of looking for a third-party tool and deploying maybe another agent on servers I wrote a Powershell script to perform this activity.

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How to send an email with PowerShell using SendGrid API

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I really like event-driven notifications that can trigger different webhooks and it’s really fun putting them together like pieces of lego to automate workflows.

The most common and simple notification method is via email, but there are scenarios where environments for security reasons and by design have just access to the internet on port 80/443  and this connection is often mediated via a web proxy.

Not having access to SMTP protocol can be a roadblock but, in this article, we will implement a solution to send an email with PowerShell under these limitations without changing Firewall Rules or NSG.

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Enable RemoteDesktop with PowerShell

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From time to time I visit my public or private git repository knowing that I’ve faced and solved that problem before, knowing that the solution was tested and work as expected.

In this case, I had a script that was a oneliner ( nothing wrong with), it but to meet the goal I needed to add another 2 lines, so to make it more reusable by other user and still keep it readable and flexible I’ve refactored the script and wrote this article. As mentioned in the title the subject is RDP and Powershell.

This is, without any doubt, a 101 subject for every system administrator.

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