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HPE Nimble Storage at Cloud Field Day

Theresa Miller - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:30

I recently was invited to Cloud Field Day in the Bay area.  While in attendance the group heard from many different companies.  One of them was HPE Nimble Storage.  I really didn’t know what to expect for this presentation, but as the discussion took form the strategy being used was quite interesting. Imagine this In […]

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Thwack – HOW TO WORK IN IT WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:30

Recently I wrote a post for Solarwinds Thwack discussing “How to Work in IT Without Losing your mind”.  If you work in IT which I suspect you do this topic may hit you close to home.  From deciding what to learn, to long hours, this topic really could have gone anywhere, but in the end […]

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Rubrik at Cloud Field Day – Backup your Cloud Today

Theresa Miller - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:30

During Cloud Field Day in the Bay area we met with the Rubrik Team, Chris Wahl, Rebecca Fitzhugh and Andrew Miller.  I was excited to learn more about what they are doing with their product and the ability to do backups in the cloud.  More specifically their solutions work great with Amazon Web Services (AWS) […]

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Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 – A Visual C++ Redistributable Installer

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:50

In updating my MDT deployment shares recently, I got tired of having to do something about the Visual C++ Redistributable installers and finally decided to do something about it, so I’ve written a script that will download the installers and optionally install them – Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1.

This script reads an external XML file that contains the installer information for each of the Visual C++ Redistributables, so that changes to URLs, install options and new redistributables can be made without making changes to the script. The XML file lists the download URL and install instructions for each installer and looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Redistributables> <Platform Architecture="x64" Release="2005" Install="/Q"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update</Name> <URL>https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/B/4/8B42259F-5D70-43F4-AC2E-4B208FD8D66A/vcredist_x64.EXE</Download> </Redistributable> <Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x86" Release="2005" Install="/Q"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update</Name> <URL>https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/B/4/8B42259F-5D70-43F4-AC2E-4B208FD8D66A/vcredist_x86.EXE</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x64" Release="2017" Install="/install /passive /norestart"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017</Name> <URL>https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/b/f/3bf6e759-c555-4595-8973-86b7b4312927/vc_redist.x64.exe</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x86" Release="2017" Install="/install /passive /norestart"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017</Name> <URL>https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/1/f/e/1febbdb2-aded-4e14-9063-39fb17e88444/vc_redist.x86.exe</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> </Redistributables>

The script will install the redistributables in the order listed in the XML file thus ensuring they are installed in the correct order.

Using Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1

Download Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 and VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml from the repository and edit the XML as required. As this includes all supported redistributables from 2008 to 2017, all will be downloaded and installed by default. If you don’t need all of them in your environment, remove those that aren’t required.

The script can be run in two phases – one to download the installers and again to install the redistributables – this is useful for downloading the installers to add to your reference image via MDT, for example. The script can also be used to download and install in one action.

Parameters

The parameters for the script are:

Xml

This points to the XML file that contains the details about the Visual C++ Redistributables. This must be in the expected format, otherwise the script will fail.

Example – Downloads the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml"

Path

Specify a target folder to download the Redistributables to, otherwise use the current folder.

Example – Downloads the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml to C:\Redist.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml" -Path C:\Redist

Install

By default the script will only download the Redistributables. This allows you to download the Redistributables for seperate deployment (e.g. in a reference image). Add -Install to install each of the Redistributables as well.

Example – Downloads and installs the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml" -Install:$True

Results

Here is an example of the end result with the Redistributables installed. Note that 2015 and 2017 are the same major version (14.x), so once 2017 is installed, 2015 will not be displayed in the programs list. 2005 are not installed by default, as these are no longer supported.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables

Finally

This is the first version of the script and to the best of my knowledge the XML file is correct. Feedback and corrections is welcome and I have some plans to update the script with some additional error checking.

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Microsoft announces two new Azure regions in Australia

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:54

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is a very important battle ground for the major technology vendors. Google and Microsoft both like to be seen in the press among the nation’s government heads and decision makers. While Google have had a few wins, Microsoft’s latest wins may give it the advantage in the Cloud wars within the […]

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Can rock stars fuel impostor syndrome, and what you need to know to protect yourself

Theresa Miller - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 05:05

If you’re in tech, you’ve probably heard of impostor syndrome. You’ve also most likely encountered so-called rock stars. But have you ever wondered if one feeds into the other? If the two are related, what can you do to protect yourself and keep a healthy view of your own talents and accomplishments? Words construct our […]

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Amazon Connect Expands to Europe

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 05:30

Recently, Amazon Connect expanded its offering to Europe, in the Frankfurt AWS Region.  Previously, Amazon Connect was only available in the in the US East and Asia Pacific regions.  When we think of AWS, many of us technologists begin to think of instances hosting our applications in the cloud.  The fact of the matter is […]

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ServiceNow at Cloud Field Day – Not just for IT Anymore

Theresa Miller - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:10

Recently I attended Cloud Field Day in the Bay area an one of the product presentations was delivered by ServiceNow.  I have used ServiceNow, and I instantly think helpdesk solution.  As the team unveiled their current initiatives it became clear that they are doing quite a bit more for the business side as well, and […]

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UK Citrix User Group 2017, Autumn Meeting – London

Citrix UK User Group - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:08

Our 22nd event will take place in London on 27th of September. Save the date. Full agenda will be released nearer the event – if you’d like to contribute, by all means drop your session idea to us Venue Blue Fin …

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NetApp at Cloud Field Day

Theresa Miller - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 05:30

I recently attended Cloud Field Day in the Bay area and one of the companies I had the privilege of meeting with for a product strategy review was NetApp.  If you are familiar with NetApp they are traditionally a storage provider, but they are moving forward with a new visionary shift that will change them […]

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Implement Windows Server 2016 Active Directory

Theresa Miller - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 05:30

Windows 2016 has been out some time now.  As as older operating systems continue to become outdated, and become closer to end of life Windows 2016 should be on your mind for your next Active Directory upgrade.  IT professionals and security teams are also are very interested in the why and how of the latest […]

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