Thursday, November 17, 2016

PS Scripts – Change Windows Service Logon Account

Need to change a Windows Service logon account with Powershell?
Here’s an easy and quick way to do it:

$strSvcStartScr = Get-WmiObject win32_service -Filter "Name='browser'"
$strSvcStartScr.Change($null,$null,$null,$null,$null,$false,’domain\username’,'password') | Out-Null

All you’ve to do is change the service name on the first line and the domain/username and password on the second.

And….your done!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Microsoft Productions–Productivity Future Vision

From now and than, Microsoft launches some very interesting videos about they’re vision about the future.
It’s like a glimpse ahead of how Microsoft sees us (and by the way they’re business) in a not so far distance in what concerns to health, education, energy, work and…every other technology that surrounds us.

This futuristic videos may also show us a glimpse of future products and services that Microsoft may launch next.

The below video about Microsoft’s Vision for Productivity, it’s from 2009 and show us some interesting things, specially about how touch technology and the “mobile first” mantra was a 2009 Microsoft’s vision and how for example Surface devices are the implemation, in real world, of that vision.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

VMware PowerCLI Scripts – Get ParentVM used on Pools

In the last days I needed to get a quick view of which templates we’re using on enviroments. Because we have linked clones, our pools have configured a ParentVM and the respective Snapshot.

If you have a large environment after a while you may miss a little bit control of which templates/parent vms are really being used, which ones were just for testing purposes and you don’t need them anymore, etc.

So, for a quick look at your environment and to understand which parent vms each pool is using just follow these steps:

  • First you’ll need to open View PowerCLI on the correspondent Connection Server
  • Then, run the following command:
  • As simple as that, you’ll get all info from each pool
  • If you want something like that but, with less information use the followin command:
    Get-Pool | Select pool_id, displayName, enabled, vcServerName, parentVMPath, parentVMSnapshotPath
  • Like in any powershell script or command, you can always export the results to a csv file to work it up later:
    Get-Pool | Select pool_id, displayName, enabled, vcServerName, parentVMPath, parentVMSnapshotPath | export-csv D:\export.csv

And…it’s done! :)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.7.1 Available

The free, lightweight and cross platform version of Visual Studio is now available for download on it’s 1.7.1 version.

Download and take a look on what’s new, here:
Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.7.1

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Surface Studio Presentation Theme – Download Here!

Besides the hype after Microsoft’s new Surface device, it was clear to me, not only because of this Windows 10 October Event, that Microsoft is finally embracing, open-faced, the good things competition does.

One of the most compeling things about Apple it obviously it’s image. It’s design and…the way they show they’re products. For those who assisted to any Apple’s presentation, it’s easy to remember that beyond specs and functions, there was a real understanding about all the surroundings of a product presentation.

Beautiful images mixed with envolving sounds really matter and thankfully Microsoft understood that!

It’s not just this presentation but probably since Windows 10 first presentation.
Microsoft now does show great devices, a lot of specs and functions, but in a way that isn’t meant just for…geeks, and that’s a good thing!

From Windows 10 October Event, many talked about the Surface Studio video theme.
Stephanie Tarling did the singing on ‘Pure Imagination’. This was an original song from 197 film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ and was originally sung by Gene Wilder. This cover was produce by Nathan Lanier, best known for his music for Halo 4.

Now, Stephanie Tarling made this song available on and you can here it, download it or just share it right now:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

VMware Remote Console – hcmon driver error


Last week I stumble upon this error when installing VMware Remote Console (VMRC).
After some googling about it I found just one way to solve this but…it works.

To quickly solve this and be able to user VMRC, just uninstall first VMware vSphere Client and then install VMRC.

And…it done!

Hope this helps people with the same issue. If anyone has any other way to solve this, please feel free to share.