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24 June
2017
Author: Robert Cain

VidCon 2017 – Day 1

My thoughts on the first day at VidCon 2017, the video creators conference. In keeping with the event I did this as a video blog. More to come!
14 June
2017
Author: Robert Cain

PowerShell and XML

In this, my first video from my YouTube channel, I give a brief overview of reading, changing, and updating XML files from within PowerShell.   If you enjoy it, please be sure to visit my YouTube page and subscribe for more content.  
12 June
2017
Author: Robert Cain

What’s Old Is New Again: Updating Arcanecode

I realized it has been far too long since I updated the look and feel of the blog. If you’re reading this, you can obviously now see the new look and feel. Over to the right you can now see my Twitter feed. I post multiple stories daily of interest to the tech community. I’ve also generated a...
29 May
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Optimizing SQL Server Database Performance and Overcoming Unpredictable Challenges

This is a guest post from Tony Branson at ScaleArc. With the explosion of digital data, achieving optimum database performance has become the primary concern of every database professional. For improving efficiency when managing a complex IT environment, DBAs must stay one step ahead...
19 April
2017
Author: Robert Cain

What happened to Save-AzureRmProfile?

I’ve been working a lot in the Azure PowerShell area of late. One thing I wanted to be able to do is have my scripts login automatically to Azure. In many examples the cmdlet Save-AzureRmProfile was used to save your Azure credentials, then later you could use Import-AzureRmProfile to import...
28 March
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Converting (Remapping) Caps Lock to CTRL

I’ve always been a fan of the Lenovo Thinkpad keyboards. The have a good feel, and I especially love the Trackpoint. The Trackpoint is that little red nub between G and H, and acts as a mouse. With it I can do many mouse activities without removing my hands from the keyboard. With most it is a...
06 March
2017
Author: Robert Cain

IT ops and news talk–Episode 3 Secure that Jump Server

I owe everyone an apology, I missed blogging about this at the time it occurred. Last December I was a guest on Don Box’s podcast, “IT ops and news talk”. I appeared on Episode 3, Secure that Jump Server. In the podcast we discuss the testing of PowerShell code with Pester. After that we got...
03 February
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Troy Hunt: A data breach investigation blow-by-blow

This is a fascinating read from security researcher Troy Hunt. In it he describes the process by which he investigates a data breach. Well worth the read. https://www.troyhunt.com/a-data-breach-investigation-blow-by-blow/
31 January
2017
Author: Robert Cain

SQL Server Reporting Services Playbook now live on Pluralsight!

My newest course, the SQL Server Reporting Services Playbook, is now live on Pluralsight! If you are looking to get up to speed fast writing reports in SQL Server Reporting Services, this is the course for you. In roughly two hours you will have enough information to start cranking out reports...
13 January
2017
Author: Robert Cain

What’s New in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services–Now live at Pluralsight

So you want to see what’s new in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services? Well I’ve got just the thing for you. My 12th course just went live on Pluralsight, named appropriately “What’s New in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services”. This course is designed specifically for those who are already familiar...