Retrieve Azure Virtual Machine Size information with PowerShell

One important topic to consider when deploying virtual machines in Azure is the size of the virtual machine as this affects the pricing, but beware that not only virtual machine sizing has a pricing impact other factors like storage and optional features like IP address options add to the costs as well. A good starting point to get an understanding of virtual machine costs is the Azure pricing calculator: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/calculator/ Be aware that when selecting Read More …

Retrieve Group Policy size in SYSVOL folder with PowerShell

Needless to say that there are quite some benefits in using a central store for Group Policies, one of them is that you can prevent the so-called SYSVOL bloat. A good description of the SYSVOL bloat is described here. So how much size do my GPOs currently consume within the SYSVOL folder? I asked myself that question a few days ago and ended up with let’s say my first version of the GetGPOSize PowerShell script. Read More …

Splitting and merging image files with ImageX

ImageX is a command-line tool for capturing, modifying and applying file based disk images. ImageX is included within the Windows Automated Installation Kit. In this post I want to focus on the functionality provided by ImageX to split and merge image files. So why would you want to split and merge image files? Well think of the following scenarios: Your image is too big to fit on one DVD and using Dual Layer DVD media Read More …