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How to change printer paper size using PowerShell?

This article explains (with conveniently copy-pasteable code samples) how you can query your printers using PowerShell and modify properties, such as paper size, for one or more of them. This is very useful if you have multiple printers and multiple computers that you use. AND if you frequently move between continents, you might face the same, totally typical and widespread issue: Your favorite printer might default to using “Letter” paper size, but you’d really need to get it printed in that sweet, sweet “A4” instead.…Continue reading How to change printer paper size using PowerShell?

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Guide: How to take over and kill a viral AAD tenant?

Rogue Azure Active Directories don’t sound like a huge and widespread problem, but Microsoft’s approach of generating unmanaged, viral AAD tenants whenever they encounter the tiniest reason to do so MUST be driven by some weird internal scorecard where “number of tenants” has a lot of weight, because you do get an Azure AD tenant really easily, and getting rid of one is surprisingly laborious. This guide aims to explain what’s the quickest way to remove one. Background Unmanaged directories can be troublesome because they…Continue reading Guide: How to take over and kill a viral AAD tenant?

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Listing all of the assemblies loaded in a PowerShell session?

In this article, I’ll do my best to explain how to list all loaded assemblies in a PowerShell session. You see, PowerShell is great at caching assemblies in the weirdest possible way, so ending up with all kinds of mismatches in loaded DLL versions is pretty common. Or just being plainly blocked from loading a new one as you already have a cached reference. I mean, I’ve run into all kinds of issues even if I only use PowerShell occasionally. Maybe that’s the reason. Anyhow,…Continue reading Listing all of the assemblies loaded in a PowerShell session?

Of Course I Still #ValoLove You

Long story short: My 6-year career with Valo is now coming to an end. Today was my last day at Valo. This is the longest I’ve ever worked at a company, and I’ve had the time of my life in the many positions I’ve held within Valo / Blue Meteorite. Rarely does a company offer you so many different possibilities and options – and let you grow into the role that you’re looking to fill, with any support you might need. Anyway – to take…Continue reading Of Course I Still #ValoLove You

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How to fix “No database provider has been configured for this DbContext” in EF Core?

I’m using Entity Framework in most of the projects that I’m working on – and for the most part, it’s a pleasure to work with. But as always, there are plenty of chances to run into issues… So obviously, I stumbled into all of the rare stuff that IS broken! This one I hadn’t really seen before: “No database provider has been configured for this DbContext”. This time I encountered the issue while setting up a new project and getting started working on the model.…Continue reading How to fix “No database provider has been configured for this DbContext” in EF Core?

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How to run Robot tests on an Azure DevOps hosted agent?

This short article simply documents how to install the dependencies for running Robot Framework on Azure DevOps’ hosted agents. This simple tip comes in handy when you need to run any UI testing for your project after build, as Robot Framework is a great and widely used tool for that. Let’s quickly take a look at the background of the issue, after which I’m sharing a highly copy-pasteable piece of YAML for your convenience. Well – and mine. Background So I got a question about…Continue reading How to run Robot tests on an Azure DevOps hosted agent?

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“Missing value for AzureWebJobsStorage in local.settings.json” when debugging Azure Functions locally?

Another day, another issue with Azure Functions! For such a simple and powerful tool, it sure does produce a lot of topics for blog articles! 😁 So, in this article, I’m explaining a couple of possible reason why you might get an error along the lines of “Missing value for AzureWebJobsStorage” when debugging Azure Functions locally. But before jumping into the solution(s), let’s take a closer look at the issue at hand, shall we? Problem When firing up your Azure Functions project locally, this error…Continue reading “Missing value for AzureWebJobsStorage in local.settings.json” when debugging Azure Functions locally?