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Easy: How To Setup Amazon CloudWatch Agent

Easy: How To Setup Amazon CloudWatch Agent

Use Amazon CloudWatch Agent to Monitor Capacity on Windows Instances in AWS. Over the last couple of weeks there has been an increasing amount of noise; about either people unable to login to a server or capacity being close to the limit. The issue observed was that this required manual efforts to note when the issue was occuring. Having in excess of 40 servers to keep an eye on, it’s not ideal to wait until it’s too late to tackle…

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NeoVim Plugins Guaranteed Hassle Free Installation on Windows 11

NeoVim Plugins Guaranteed Hassle Free Installation on Windows 11

Over the last week I’ve struggled to get NeoVim setup with plugins on Windows 11. I wanted to write a quick step by step guide that would hopefully help anyone who is starting out using NeoVim on Windows. This article will guide through some of the issues I’ve experienced. Install NeoVim To get started the first thing we need to do is actually install NeoVim, version 0.6.0 at time of writing. This can be completed with the command below in…

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Qlik Sense How To Fix Connection Lost

Qlik Sense How To Fix Connection Lost

Recently I’ve moved roles and now working in the world of DevOps and learning a whole new world of information. A task that had been passed to myself, which had been circling for a little while was in relation to a BI reporting tool. Every time someone logged in after 10 minutes of use they would get a “Connection Lost” message. My early days into the new role, I tracked the issue, got an understanding for WebSockets, but along side…

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PowerShell v7.2.0 Preview 9

PowerShell v7.2.0 Preview 9

PowerShell has not updated it’s preview build to v7.2.0 preview 9. This includes the following changes: Note: Known issue about ANSI code being written out in table views when using PowerShell with a legacy host that doesn’t support virtual terminal. For details see: #15978 Breaking Changes Change the default value of $PSStyle.OutputRendering to OutputRendering.Host and remove OutputRendering.Automatic (#15882) Fix CA1052 for public API to make classes static when they only have static methods (#15775) (Thanks @xtqqczze!) Update pwsh.exe -File to only accept .ps1 script files on Windows (#15859) Engine Updates and Fixes Update .NET adapter…

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Microsoft Ransomware Protection – Windows 10

Microsoft Ransomware Protection – Windows 10

Protecting yourself from Ransomware At a time where it seems like every other week, there is a report in the news, talking about an organisation that has been hit with ransomware attacks. It seems less likely this form of attack is going to disappear any time soon.  What is Ransomware? Let’s first look at what ransomware attacks actually entails. According to the Cambridge Dictionary software designed by criminals to prevent computer users from getting access to their own computer system…

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PowerShell Popup Prompt – How To Notify Users

PowerShell Popup Prompt – How To Notify Users

Do you display popups in your tooling? Working within the tech industry you soon realise that even the savviest of users are prone to mistakes. Often a misclick or a mistyped value. These can all occur and depending on the action can have different levels of consequences. When developing tools I try to develop for everyone that might use the tool. I find that including Popup windows is a simple and effective way to reduce mistakes from happening. This allows…

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Windows Terminal Layout – Never believe it’d work

Windows Terminal Layout – Never believe it’d work

How do you set up your Windows Terminal? You may have seen me using a unique setup to my Windows Terminal in a previous post (example), but it took a long time to get here. I started my computer journey with a brand of computers called “Tiny PC” back in the early 90s. It was fantastic and I’ve loved computers ever since. When my journey started I was somewhere between DOS and 3.1. My main use on the computer has…

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Advent Of Code 2020 – Day 1 Performance

Advent Of Code 2020 – Day 1 Performance

A Need For Speed Following on from yesterday post about solving Part 1 for Day 1 (found:https://nerdrays.azurewebsites.net/?p=37) In yesterday’s post, we looked at the first day of Advent Of Code 2020 challenge. Today we’re going to look at my optimised code that was implemented to improve performance. But what are the actual results and is the payoff worth it?  Again we shall be looking at the following languages: PowerShell, Python, JavaScript & C#. My technique to improve the scripts is…

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Advent Of Code 2020 – Day 1

Advent Of Code 2020 – Day 1

Puzzles, Solutions, Challenges Over the last couple of years, I have been taking part in a super casual coding challenge called Advent Of Code. Each year in December a new daily challenge is published. As a challenger, you’re given input to a puzzle and asked to figure out the programmable solution and derive an answer. One of the great things about Advent Of Code is that each input is unique to the next person so no one can copy an…

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WordPress Health Check

WordPress Health Check

Update PHP version 7.3 to 7.4 within Microsoft Azure There has been some time since deciding to start this blog. It’s a peaceful Sunday and no better time to start working through some of the site settings ensuring that everything is up to date and accessible. As expected there were a few updates to action; most of these were manageable from within the WordPress interface. Though one which stood out which I thought would be quite difficult to action was…

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