Monthly Archives: September 2017

Gather HP server disk information using PowerShell


I frequently find a need to quickly gather information about the hard drives in my HP Proliant servers. Sometimes I just need to find the model numbers but sometimes I also need information such as serial numbers and firmware versions.
This information is useful when HP releases an urgent firmware upgrade advisory or launches a disk replacement program of which both seem to be quite common lately.

All the needed information is available through WMI on servers that have the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers installed.

Namespace: roothpq
Classes: HPSA_DiskDrive and it’s associated classes

I wrote the following Powershell function that creates a command that gathers information from servers and returns them as an object that can be sorted, filtered and exported the way you need just as any powershell object.

Update: Improved cmdlets available here

Download hpdisks.ps1 and import it in your powershell session using the command

When you…

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Improved HP WBEM cmdlets


A few years ago, I wrote a couple of posts about how to gather HP server hardware information from WMI with the HP Insight Management WBEM providers.

I have used my cmdlets frequently and have since I wrote the above posts improved the cmdlets bit by bit by adding error handling where it has been needed and correcting bugs.
I have written more cmdlets and I’ve merged them all into one PowerShell module that is available for download on Github.

For those who want to get their hands dirty and expand the functions, the current code doesn’t have any comments but it should be possible to follow what it does anyway.

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Ctrl P not working

Use Shortcut Explorer App to find which key has taken over Ctrl P key

This tool will give you list of shortcut for All Application

Please find the below post for details

Link to Shortcut Explorer:

How I Got Started with Azure Machine Learning — MSDN Blogs

Editor’s note: The following post was written by Data Platform MVP Kathi Kellenberger as part of our Technical Tuesday series. Last year, Microsoft announced a unique opportunity for the data geeks among us. They introduced a Data Science certificate program using Microsoft tools that’s available on EdX. This program is free to audit and relatively…

via How I Got Started with Azure Machine Learning — MSDN Blogs

How to create Network Bridge

How to create Network Bridge

Hello Folks, hope everybody is doing well!!!

Today I am going to write about how to create a Network Bridge Connection in Windows environment.

I have tested this scenario in Windows 10 and works fine.

So here is a bit of hint why I was testing Bridge Connection.

Last week there was 3 days holiday here in UAE. I live in villa compound where Internet connection is provided by the landlord. One of the Ethernet switches went down and unfortunately, my Wireless Access Point was connected to that ☹☹

I do have Laptop and Mobile devices, however, I needed the Internet connection to my Desktop/Workstation where I do most of my project work. The landlord has given me the password for neighborhood Wireless Access Point. Which has open the door to Internet Access. I needed Internet Access on the Desktop as well. So I thought of using the feature of Bridge Connection in Windows.

Below is the process to get Internet Access on your Desktop from a Laptop without buying a USB Wireless USB Adapter. Just for your information this was a temporary solution for me 😊😊

I hope somebody will find this guide useful 😊😊😊

Environment Requirement:

  1. Laptop with Internet Access
  2. 1 Ethernet Cable
  3. And the Super Workstation

Step by Step to Create Network Bridge Connection:

First, find the IP Address of your Home Network

You can do this with below simple command

Press Windows Icon + R key from your Keyboard

Type cmd and Hit Enter from Keyboard

Type ipconfig /all and Hit Enter in the black window (screen color might vary 😊)


Following is the IP range in my Home Network 192.168.0.XXX. Note down the Default Gateway and DNS Servers IP Address. This information will be used for Desktop IP configuration.

Kindly note down the Wireless Adapter IP Address.

Now connect the Ethernet Cable from your Laptop to Desktop/Workstation.

Login to the Desktop

Go to Control Panel and Open Network and Sharing Center

Here is how it looks in my environment.

Network and Connections

Note: Ethernet Cable is not connected at the time of preparing the document, hence the Ethernet icon shows ×

Now right-click on Ethernet icon and go to properties



Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Click on Properties

Ethernet Properties02

Assign an IP Address to the Ethernet. The IP Address should be in your Home Network Range.


Also, make sure that this IP address is not being used on your home network. You can confirm this by the below-mentioned command from the laptop.

Press  + R key from your Keyboard

Type cmd and Hit Enter from your Keyboard

Let say you have chosen to use the following IP for Desktop

Now type ping

You should get something similar like this


This means you can use the IP on the Desktop.

So, let’s go back to the IP configuration page of the Ethernet and assign the IP.

Select Use the following IP address:

Ethernet Properties

Gateway and DNS Servers IP address was noted down before from below mentioned command output

ipconfig /all

So kindly use the correct Default Gateway and DNS Server IP. Otherwise, you will not have Internet access from the Desktop. After configuring the correct IP address click on OK.

Now go back to Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center. And click on Change adapter settings.

Change Adapter


Select Ethernet and Wireless Adapter at the same time and right-click. Now click on Bridge Connections

Bridge Making



It will take few seconds to create Bridge Connection and below window will appear on the screen

Network Bridge01

You will see below icon once Bridge Connection is successfully created.

Network BridgeAll Set!!! Now you should have access to the Internet from your Desktop. Hope this guide was helpful for you.

Robots and Artificial Intelligence – A List of my Loves — adoptabookaus

Last week I did a new thing and listed out my favourite Bastard Assassins and decided I am going to try to keep the Lists of my Loves going, so here we are again with Robots and Artificial intelligence. Robots she says. I am instantly alert and on the move, head down, arms pumping as I bolt […]

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Windows 10 needs rejuvenating elixir — Your Nibbled News – 2017 YNN

“Computers can bully us. A slow and unreliable system will bring even the toughest soul to their knees as they find themselves completely defenseless against the erratic whims of their rogue machine.” — Lou Ferrigno I am going to go out on the proverbial limb here and say that no matter […]

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Bluetooth 5 technology upgrade, where to start product development? — TUV Rheinland

Bluetooth 5 new standard is implemented, it targets Smart Home, Internet of Things (IoT) and also audio-visual applications. Bluetooth SIG also predicted that as of 2020, among global output of wireless products, one of every three items will include Bluetooth technology. And all manufacturers must replace their Bluetooth chips and being certified by third party to claim […]

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What is location-based advertising & why is it the next big thing?

Location-Based Technology platform

What is location-based advertising?

Location-based advertising hinges around the fact that wherever we go these days we always carry a mobile with us. And most of us quite happily share our location data with the various apps we use.

This presents an opportunity for advertisers to personalize their messages to people based on their current location. In real time.

Using a person’s location data, gleaned from their mobile device, advertisers can send different messages to people depending on where they are.

Google pin location-based advertising

Imagine you’re walking through a fishing village somewhere in the West Country. You’re browsing on your phone and you see an ad for 30% off pants at H&M. Great. There isn’t an H&M within a hundred miles of where you are. Ignored.

But imagine you see the same message while walking down Oxford Street, and imagine the ad is specific to the Oxford Street branch. Suddenly you’re much more…

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The Mobile App War Is Over

Location-Based Technology platform

The app world is the world, where competition is fierce! The fight between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS is quite evident. They are two great platforms each with some unique strength and have access to vast quantities of apps. Who in the end will win the mobile app war?

Google pays millions to Apple to make their search engines the default search provider for iOS devices but Google collects more from ads placed on Apple devices. Apple and iOS only exist to serve the top 15% of the richest segment of the global population while everyone else is on Android. Research shows that Google’s Android enjoyed close to 78% of the market share, globally. A number of research firms show that the market is tilted towards Android. Market share alone is not the only overriding factor. Android OS phones are mainly low-end phones and the users in that location based…

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