Splunk Revolution Awards - Stage

Splunk Revolution Award

I am more than happy to announce that I won a Splunk’s Revolution Award in the category developers. The winners were presented on the big screen during the keynote. My slide reads: Happy splunking!

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Windows 7 Disk Cleanup

Compacting Client Hyper-V VHDX Files

Virtual hard disks have the same tendency to grow in size as regular disks have to fill up. Deduplication is a great way to battle this, but unfortunately it is not available for Windows 8 Client Hyper-V. I know that hacks are available describing how to transfer the relevant DLLs from Server 2012 but I […]

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uberAgent for Splunk - Process Network Communication

What’s New in uberAgent 2.0

The most important change in version 2.0 of uberAgent is the new architecture. In addition to that we have made many other improvements, significantly reducing the agent’s footprint while increasing the quality of the collected data. Architecture Most Splunk apps that collect data on monitored endpoints are implemented as so-called Scripted or Modular Inputs. uberAgent […]

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uberAgent setup

Real-World Example: WiX/MSI Application Installer

Creating an installer that does not suck is hard. The tools available are expensive, inadequate, overly complicated and/or poorly documented (pick any combination). WiX is one of the better choices. It is free and it is used for some Microsoft products. But WiX is just a wrapper around MSI and as such is unnecessarily difficult […]

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Splunk search with resulting chart

What is Splunk and How Does it Work?

You have probably heard of Splunk, but can you describe what it does to a colleague in a few sentences? That is not easy. Splunk does not belong in any traditional category but stands apart from the crowd. That makes it interesting, but also the explaining harder. Here is my attempt. (more…)

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Memory modules for Lenovo W540 laptop - medium

Finding the Perfect Laptop, 2014 Edition

My current laptop is nearly three years old. That is a pretty long time, and I have contemplated getting a new machine more than once in the last years. I even went so far as to buy a more fancy replacement, but that attempt failed miserably. After using the new device for only a few […]

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Citrix Profile Management (UPM) user profile

Migrating from Citrix UPM back to Roaming Profiles

This article is part of Helge’s Profile Toolkit, a set of posts explaining the knowledge and tools required to tame Windows user profiles. As you may be aware Citrix Profile Management (aka UPM) automatically migrates existing roaming or local user profiles to its user store. A very nice feature, certainly, but what about the way […]

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Configuring Citrix ShareFile Sync from PowerShell

When you have a cloud-based file sharing service it makes a lot of sense to synchronize part or all of the data with your desktop computer. Citrix ShareFile offers the Sync for Windows tool for that purpose. However, once you open its configuration screen you notice that has a severe restriction: it can only synchronize […]

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