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James Finley

I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), based in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m a Senior Systems Trainer for Auldhouse, the largest corporate computer training company in New Zealand. I spend most of my time training on Microsoft Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, PowerShell, Hyper-V and VMWare with a little Windows Server thrown in the mix just for fun. This blog is meant to give some guidance and insight into how to use and manage these products, as well as helping keep people up to date on topics of interest around Microsoft certifications. With a little random silliness thrown in from time to time. In my IT career I’ve been fortunate enough to have opportunities to contribute to books, review courseware, deliver sessions on behalf of Microsoft and speak at Microsoft TechEd and other events.

Recent Posts

Learn How to Create Custom Column Heads for PowerShell Out-GridView

21-Nov-2014 12:07:20 / by James Finley posted in Powershell


One of my co-workers at Auldhouse Computer Training, who shall remain nameless (but it rhymes with Jalcolm Meffrey), asked a good question today-namely “How do I take this custom formatting from a “Format-Table” command and use it in the gridview control (Out-GridView). It took me a couple of minutes, but the internet bestowed her bounties upon me once again. And, no I’m not talking about going to the hoochie-mama sites.

I found this old posting from Ed Wilson, “The Scripting Guy”. Thank you Ed!

Learn How to Create Custom Column Heads for PowerShell Out-GridView – Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

For those of you who won’t/can’t be bothered to read it, basically it boiled down to “Don’t use format-table, use select-object, and build your columns using the -f operator syntax”.

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PowerShell Pitfalls for Managing Multiple Azure Accounts

14-Nov-2014 15:00:00 / by James Finley posted in MS Technical Training & Certification - Azure, Getting more from Azure


Or PPMMAA for short . . .

Many (Most?) of the PowerShell and scripting examples for Azure management via PowerShell start with a command sequence that looks like either this:

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Adding .Net 3.5 SP1 to an Azure VM through the Back Door.

04-Nov-2014 15:30:00 / by James Finley posted in MS Technical Training & Certification - Azure


If you’ve been working with Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 you might have noticed that you need the CD/install files handy if you want to install .NET 3.5. Which causes problems if you need that feature on an Azure VM. After a bit of digging I found this in the MSDN forums, and it has proven to be handy. I haven’t tried it enough to say that it is foolproof, but if you’re having this issue it’s worth a shot.

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Prepping for 70-533/Learning from 20533—Pulling My Head Out

03-Nov-2014 16:00:00 / by James Finley posted in MS Technical Training & Certification - Azure


Tips for sitting the Azure Infrastructure exam, 70-533

I’ve decided I need to become better/more comfortable with Azure. Like it or not, it’s probably not going anywhere. I can either stick my head in the ground or get with the program. I’ve kind of been stalling, so I think it’s time I took the latter option. Adapt or die. So I’m going to start tackling the new Azure Infrastructure exam, 70-533.

Earlier this week Microsoft released course 20533-Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, so I’m going to use that, along with the links from the blog entry from a few days ago, as my starting point. As I go through the process of learning about Azure and preparing for this exam I will share some of my thoughts on the course and eventually the exam here. I’m not sure how long this is going to take, nor how many entries I’ll make, but the hardest part is always the starting.

So away we go . . .

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