Tech Talk Live Blog

Connecting PowerShell to PowerSchool

Shawn Mellinger

Currently, there are many different products that connect to Active Directory (AD) to get information on students. This is often used for authentication, mobile device management, and user configuration. So keeping student information in Active Directory up to date is critical. It is difficult to keep track of these changes manually, and reports will only […]

Spectre and Meltdown: A Sysadmin’s Perspective

Shawn Mellinger

The last two weeks the Internet has been buzzing with talk about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. That is understandable given the wide range of computers that they affect. However, we have seen major vulnerabilities over the last few years, notably with the NSA exploits being leaked last year. In the past we have identified […]

Google Chrome Administration Tips and Tricks

Dave Light

Over the last few years, I have learned some of the ins and outs of G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education or GAFE).  Here are some tips and tricks for managing your Chrome OS devices and users. Whitelisted Domains The whitelisted domains setting within the Google Admin center lets users in your […]

New Password Guidelines

Brian Steigauf

Everybody knows the routine, you have to change your password (because your IT or technology department is making you). So, you go through the process of coming up with some way of fitting your company’s password policy. I will make a guess of what it is . . . a minimum of seven characters, at […]

PowerShell and Version Control with Team Foundation Server/Git

Shawn Mellinger

​I have a confession to make; I have been very lax about version control in my PowerShell scripts. It is easy to view scripting from a sysadmin mindset. The script exists to fix a problem or process that existed. Then when that process changes just make appropriate changes to the script. Complications arise when you […]

Virtual Appliances and Serial Ports

Brian Steigauf

I love virtual appliances. All of the ease of use, none of their subpar hardware. If you already have a highly available, redundant virtual infrastructure, why would you add hardware that is outside of your control? Plus, you can replicate the “appliance” to have a cold standby that you can bring up in minutes, should […]

Skype for Business Upgrade

Dave Light

I recently upgraded our Lync 2013 infrastructure to Skype for Business 2015.  Starting out I thought this would be easy, right?  It is nothing more than just a big cumulative update for Lync 2013 server, just hit next, next, finish, and you are done.  While the upgrade was fairly easy, there was a little more to it than […]

Security and IT

Brian Steigauf

Traditionally, the security system (door access, alarm systems, and cameras) have been in the realm of the facilities department or, if a school district was large enough, its own security department. The lines started to blur when IP cameras came on the scene. Analog Camera systems required dedicated coaxial cable and monitors specifically for those […]

Linking Multiple Documents with an Auto-Generated Number in OnBase

Shawn Mellinger

As with many other organizations, we use OnBase for Enterprise Content Management. One of our processes involves a form that is linked to many other uploaded documents, and it posed a specific problem. This blog will cover the issue I ran into with forms and identification, as well as some of the processes we went […]

Auto Updating Polycom CX Model Phones – A Lesson Learned

Dave Light

Recently, we discovered an issue with Polycom CX500, CX600, and CX3000 model phones in our environment.  New phones and phones that were hard reset while troubleshooting issues would no longer register with Lync. As we were troubleshooting through log files on the phone, we noticed the following error – 0x2F0D/0 on phone = ERROR_WINHTTP_SECURE_INVALID_CA.  The […]


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