Silly Tech Stuff – ADO vs WMI in the Cage of Performance Death

I’ve been in a lot of discussions over the years about different approaches to querying information from Configuration Manager, and why I personally prefer SQL over the SMSProvider (WMI), with or without the ConfigurationManager PowerShell module. Then someone asked me recently “How much slower is WMI than SQL? Mr. Smarty Pants!” So, I put down my tube of model glue, the duct tape and my … Continue reading Silly Tech Stuff – ADO vs WMI in the Cage of Performance Death

A Cheap Extensible PowerShell Pipeline for ConfigMgr Queryburgers and a Side of Fries

I’ve been knocked out all day on cold medicine and just woke up.  So, to be honest, I have no idea what year it is.  In fact, Configuration Manager and SQL Server might be long gone.  Microsoft may have been acquired by Walmart, and Kanye West is POTUS.  Who knows.  Anyhow… Many of the ConfigMgr projects I have worked on over the last few years, … Continue reading A Cheap Extensible PowerShell Pipeline for ConfigMgr Queryburgers and a Side of Fries

Cranky AFaaS

I’m starting to use this “aaS” suffix more and more in casual conversation now.  I’m not just stooping to bag my dog’s fecal dispersions, I’m providing Feces-aas or FaaS.  I’m not talking shit around the coffee pot anymore, I’m providing BSaaS.  That’s right, I claim it as the first official use of “Bull-Shit-as-a-Service”, even though technically, the act itself was perfected by the US government … Continue reading Cranky AFaaS

Last-Logon or Lath-Lawgon?

The first one is after coffee.  The second one is with dentures removed and no coffee. 🙂 I needed to find the “real” last logon timestamp for a bunch of computers on a customer AD domain.  As you may be aware (or really don’t give a #*%#@), the PwdLastSet and LastLogon, attributes don’t have a Mickey Mouse club membership card, so they aren’t allowed into … Continue reading Last-Logon or Lath-Lawgon?

Asset Inventory, It’s not just for breakfast anymore

For those of you that read my blog this will probably sound familiar.  But for those not yet dunked in the stupid tank of my pontification gyrations, I hope you find this post useful in some way.  Maybe print it out and use it for a toilet bombing target. Last night I was grilling some sort of roadkill and having a beer and my thumbs … Continue reading Asset Inventory, It’s not just for breakfast anymore

PowerShell Toys and Tinkering with ConfigMgr

So… I needed a “quick” (easy/lazy) way to pull some common numbers from (almost) any ConfigMgr site, regardless of whether they’re on 2012 R2 up to 1809. It also has to work whether or not they have a RSP role available. In some cases, the SQL platform is locked up under DBA minefields, so SSMS isn’t always a given either.  All I need is “read” … Continue reading PowerShell Toys and Tinkering with ConfigMgr

CMHealthCheck 1.0.5 / Better Tasting and Still Gluten-Free

Updated 11:54 PM EDT 09/22/2018 If you already know what CMHealthCheck is, then I’d like to say “thank you!”.  If you are not aware of what it is, I’d like to say “thank you!” just for taking the time to read this far.  Seriously, most people would have fallen asleep by, right, about…..  here. Still awake?  Ok. So 1.0.5 was published up to the PowerShell … Continue reading CMHealthCheck 1.0.5 / Better Tasting and Still Gluten-Free