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Author: Landon Fowler

  • God Wants Only Your Good, Even When It Doesn’t Feel That Way

    One thing that has surprised me as a parent is how often interactions between my kids and myself mirror my relationship with God. Parenthood really gives you a unique opportunity to be on the flip side of the interaction, where you’re now the one trying to work for the good of someone who you love […]

  • Kindle Fire HD8 Review

    Background: I recently found myself wanting to replace my iPad Mini 2. It’s around four years old and starting to become sluggish enough to be frustrating. Given the incredibly low price of Amazon tablets on Prime Day, I decided to take a risk and try out the Kindle Fire HD 8. Below are my impressions […]

  • List the Manager Emails for AD Group Members with PowerShell

    Below is a quick script I’ve been working on for a colleague. Its simple purpose is to query an AD group then display each member’s username and the email address of their manager. Hopefully this will help others accomplish this common task with ease. (Update 04/11/2018) I modified the script to include the employee’s full […]

  • Getting Started with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

    As I’ve mentioned in other posts, Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a powerful technology with a lot of potential. However, due to how new it is and how rapidly it’s evolving, it can be difficult to get started and figure out how to accomplish your specific goals. My intention here is not to give an […]

  • Installing SQL Server Using Desired State Configuration

    (Update: I’ve since discovered that SqlServerDsc has replaced xSQLServer.) One of my growing passions is using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to automate all the things. I started out with simple configurations for testing but wanted to dive into more complex\useful situations for my day-to-day DBA life. To be honest, I was intimidated by the […]

  • My First PowerShell Module – PSOraenv

    Update (04/01/2019): We’ve hit over 100 downloads for PSOraenv! A big thanks to the PowerShell community. Please keep using it and let me know how I can make it better. ******* Most of my experience with Oracle has been on Linux, but recently I began working with it on Windows as well. It came to […]

  • Windows Server Core Jumpstart

    Recently I’ve been looking into the potential that Windows Server Core holds for our environment. Like most eager new Core users, I imagine, I jumped in with grand visions of spinning up a VM quickly and being off to the races administering it from my desktop. The reality wasn’t quite the same, as I ran […]

  • The Final Push – CRM 2016 is Live

    After months of ups and downs, plans built and destroyed, and countless hours invested, CRM 2016 is live. (Actually, it’s been live since Easter weekend. But keeping a blog up to date is obviously not one of my talents.) For the last installment in this series I’d like to go over how we went about […]

  • Dynamics CRM Install\Import “The SQL Server {sqlserver_name} is unavailable”

    My apologies for the significant gap between my last post on our CRM 2016 Upgrade Adventure and this one. My time has been consumed with preparing for go-live, but I’ve been keeping track of the roadblocks and caveats we encounter as I go so that I can post about them at later dates. One of […]

  • Dynamics CRM Import Fails on “Upgrade Indexes”

    As I mentioned in the last post, I’m taking you through our adventure in upgrading the existing on-premise Dynamics CRM 2011 environment to 2016 (and eventually 2016 cloud). Previously I discussed the first show-stopper error we received, “Must declare the scalar variable “@table”.” Following that resolution the import continued past the stage “Metadata xml upgrade: pass […]