June 7, 2023

Grumpy Admin Is Back... Sorry

It's been too long; Grumpy admin is back - and the itch to blog and push out new PowerShell code is as intense as before. So what have I been doing?

I have been mainly focusing on family life to try and make me less Grumpy! I have also been busy in my professional life! New certifications, new skills, and experience.

I cycled through 3 Job RolesHolding Security Architect positions and now a Solutions Architect for one of the top 100 best companies to work for! These roles being positions for large Central government/Defence Primes.

I passed my NCSC recertification on the new scheme. I am Chartered with BCS.
I have some AWS experience and have the AWS Cloud practitioner certification.
I am getting lots of experience with Azure and Azure Stack Hub.

After 36 months of not working on Windows or using Powershell, my current role brings me back to MSFT 4 months in, and I have mixed feelings but Azure and Azure Stack Hub are exciting challenges.

However, building out VDI and learning Server 2022 is fun! I am also very heavily into Azure and Azure Stack Hub - with my current tasking at work being to deploy the ASDK - so we have a development version for our Azure Stack Hub.

Which is fun - so I intend to take some of the lessons and excellent Posh Code I produce to produce exciting, informative blogs. I also want to use the blog to share with the world code and prompts using generative AI - In part, so that I get used to it to enhance productivity - It's a new tool that needs to be mastered! I also plan to use AI to help improve code and blog posts.

Don't worry. I will write them, not puppy-mill AI content.
I also need to upgrade my MS Certifications - some of my posts I intend to be about that MS certification journey.

My bad, Puns and grumpy stories will be the core of these new blog posts.

Today's lesson/top tip is - when testing your ADFS - it is helpful to turn on the IdpInitiatedSigon parameter - as after server 2016 - it is off by default!

This made me swear and scratch my head for like 20 seconds before having to Google.

This shows that you need to stay on top of all the minor details of products as they change - I did my base MS certifications on Server 2012 R2 - 10 years ago!

Use the following on your ADFS Server:

Set-AdfsProperties -EnableIdpInitiatedSignonPage $True

Don't forget to turn it off with a $False when done! I intend to write at least once a week! Something Fun and exciting - if there something you want to ask, or want me to write about our explore - just let me know!

Hazzy - The Grump Admin