Hi, I'm Francis Setash, an Infrastructure Engineer.

2017

ChefDK - Visual Studio Code Support

Super quick post, but one I wanted to throw down - here’s how to get Visual Studio Code working for the ChefDK in Windows; and I’ll also share my Visual Studio Code preferences file!

Chef - dsc_script vs dsc_resource

As I continue to experiment with my chef environment, I’ve run into an interesting limitation with the dsc_script resource.

Jekyll, Jenkins, and CI

Hey guys; as I mentioned - I wanted to come back to run through the workflow I have setup for this blog, CI, and source control!

Jenkins, Powershell DSC, and CI

DSC is truly one of my favorite things to come out of the PowerShell team to date. The power for idempotent infrastructure and deployment is great. However, one relatively minor roadblock is getting an MOF delivery pipeline in place for getting the MOF configurations to a pull server.

AzureRM - Bootstrapping DSC LCM

So, a brief tidbit if you’re not using Azure automation for your Azure VMs (we have a subset that are managed with a pull server that are not Azure automation controlled. So, at provisioning time we wanted to look at provisioning the VM with the LCM meta configuration, to avoid additional work by hand. It’s pretty simple, but required a different approach between WMF 4.0 and WMF 5.0 (read: Server 2012 and Server 2016). Let’s discuss:

2016

Azure RM - CustomData Injection

In building out some Azure templates recently - once again - documentation turned out to be a bit thin. The goal was to inject custom data into a VM with data from the output of a resource created in the same deployment

Azure RM - JsonADDomainExtension - Error 1332

I’ve been working with Azure RM Templating quite a lot lately. It’s actually pretty staggering in how versatile it is, but some of the documentation is a bit less than awesome.

cDscDocker 1.2.0 - Now With Daemon Support

Woohoo; now we’re cooking with fire. The cDscDocker resource has been updated to include giving the ability to expose the docker daemon on an interface address of your choice.

PowerShell DSC Module for Docker - Initial Stab

So, first and foremost - this is a first take. I already have plans to add docker swarm provisioning, better system checks (e.g. verification that appropriate system patches are in place) and an option to select docker version (or latest) to install.

Docker - Multiplatform Swarm and Bugs

Docker is so cool; and supporting Windows and Linux alike is even cooler. High availability is a thing though, so I was delighted to find out I can create a swarm in Linux; join Windows Server 2016, and have it managed. Awesome! But…

Docker on Windows 2016; Container Introspection via Docker Daemon / API

So with the RTM of Windows Server 2016, with it comes official support for docker; and with that - containers. Awesome. In this post, we’ll talk about container introspection, via the Docker Daemon / API. First and foremost, I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty of installing and configuring docker.

Disabling Screen Blanking - Raspian Jesse

Another little tidbit I cam across in setting up a Raspia Raspberry Pi 3 (model b) for use in a kiosk setting (actually just an always on system monitor, but same idea). After X minutes, the screen blanking setting will come into play;

DPM SQL Recovery Error 30111

Here’s one little trick that I recently came across when performing a DPM 2012 R2 redirected SQL recovery.

Cmder changing the lambda

So I have to say, I’m just enamored with Cmder It’s phenomenal. Elegant, clean, and just truly the best console application I’ve used. Throw it in a dropbox and you’re _set. _SSH, git, grep… all my *nix aliases in one portable package? Sure thing - I’m sold. And it’s pretty. Let’s customize it a teeny, tiny bit. I wont re-write the featureset, so:

2015

Meraki VPN Deployment Part Final

So here we go. A finalized script that will create the VPN profile, as necessary, for Meraki VPN deployment. This should enable complete deployment of a Meraki VPN profile to clients, using just PowerShell 4.0 and enable split tunneling.

Meraki VPN Deployment Part 2

Well, humble pie time. But this is good stuff here. Turns out I missed one little teeny tiny flag in the Add-VpnConnection cmdlet. Oops. But this is good!

Meraki VPN Deployment

Grumble. We’re in the process of replacing our infrastructure with Meraki products - in fact, we’ve been extremely pleased with this so far. Except for that one thing. Deploying the Client VPN sucks.

Pushing Data to Dashing.io from PowerShell

Dashing.io; super cool, and pretty fly. Easy enough to configure a quick and small linux VM to host it. But how about pushing data to it, from Powershell? The key is Invoke-RestMethod- Let’s look at two of the simple built in widgets:

Automating OSD Tast Sequence Naming

So I’ve been working through the process of putting together a new Windows 8.1 image for OSD Deployment within our organization.

SCCM Queries for Server 2012 R2

With Server 2012 R2 out; I had to make a few updates to my SCCM Collections to take this into account. Quick and Dirty, for Server 2012 R2, WQL Statement:

Quick Tidbit: Download and Install MSI with PowerShell

This one comes via needing to deploy via GFI Remote Management and DropBox. This scenario was needed for a deployment of a VPN client in a GFI managed environment where there was no Active Directory present. Very simply put; PowerShell pulls from a public DropBox link, and silently installs.

Quick Tidbit: PowerShell Random Password Generator

I had a need for a quick and dirty password generator for an AD user creation script. There’s likely a better way to do this, but I wanted to have it fairly modular so it can be customized on the fly to meet organizational password requirements.

Connecting Ubiquiti EdgeRouter to AWS VPC

I’m of the mind that many small businesses can benefit greatly from extending their IT systems into the cloud. AWS is price effective (especially on a 1 year reserved term), and offers built-in VPN connectivity options via their VPC. It’s really a quite powerful environment to work with.