PowerShell DSC and Puppet — Why It Is Not Either/Or

  In this Ask the Admin, I’ll discuss why Puppet and DSC together is often the best configuration management solution in mixed Windows/Linux environments. If you are not familiar with Puppet, it is roughly equivalent to PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), a PowerShell technology that’s built …

Secure Microsoft Azure VMs Using Just-In-Time Access

  Microsoft has released a public beta of Just-In-Time (JIT) access for Azure VMs. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at how the solution works and why you should use it when it reaches general availability. If you’ve ever provisioned a virtual machine or another …

Populate Active Directory with Test User Accounts

  In this Ask the Admin, I’ll use a PowerShell script to populate Active Directory with test user accounts. Active Directory (AD) is the chosen user-authentication mechanism in most organizations and a key infrastructure component that’s central to giving users access to business applications. Because of …