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PowerShell: Generate Self-Signed Certificate and Encode to Base64

Here’s how you can generate a self-signed SSL certificate in PowerShell. Be sure to use an Administrative PowerShell session. After creating the self-signed certificate, you can also export the certificate as a .pfx file and encode the output to a … Continue reading

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Azure PowerShell: Deploy Linux Custom Script Extension

Here’s how you can deploy an Azure VM Extension via PowerShell: # Before running this, upload your bash script to an Azure storage account container, grab its name and key via PowerShell or the Azure portal   Login-AzureRmAccount   $Subscription … Continue reading

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So, you can’t delete a folder in Windows because of “Path too long” errors?

If you have got yourself into a situation where you can’t delete a directory in Windows because the folder structure is too deep for Windows, you can use robocopy to save the day. Here’s a little snippet for wiping out … Continue reading

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DOS to Linux line endings in VIM

Switching between Windows and Linux machines every day, you’ll undoubtedly end up with files in the Linux system with DOS line endings. You can easily change the line endings in the editor VIM using the following commands: :w ++ff=dos :w … Continue reading

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PowerShell: Extract Files from Zip Archive

Here’s a quick PowerShell snippet to extract files from a .zip archive: Add-Type -Assembly System.IO.Compression.FileSystem   $PathToZipFile = "C:\temp\" $ExtractPattern = "*.log" $ExtractDirectory = "C:\temp\extracted"   New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path $ExtractDirectory -Force | Out-Null   $ZipFile = [IO.Compression.ZipFile]::OpenRead($PathToZipFile) $ZipFile.Entries | … Continue reading

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T-SQL: Find Out Who Has Locks In Your Databases

Here are a couple of ways to see who is locking up your SQL Server database. First, the undocumented system stored procedure sp_who2 gives you a few more columns than the documented sp_who. And second, this custom query gives a … Continue reading

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