Gnome 3 on Debian 8: How to change show hidden files setting to default to hiding hidden files

I recently started playing around with Debian 8 with gnome 3 as a desktop at work and ran into an annoyance. Somehow, either by default or by some unrealized action on my part, “show hidden files” in the file manager was set to always show hidden files by default. To change the default behavior do the following.

  1. Open dconf Editor
  2. Navigate to: org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser
  3. Change “show-hidden” desired value
  4. Click “Set to Default”

I unchecked the setting and now my file manager hides all the clutter I don’t need to see under normal circumstances.

List all SharePoint Farm servers and IPs

Not much to see here. I just had need of simply listing all the server names and IPs for all servers in a farm.

The script gets all SharePoint application servers in the farm. Then iterates through them and tests if they are live. The test-connection is simply to get the IP address of the server. The name of the server and the IP address are thrown into a custom object. Then the report is called.


Project: Exchange Upgrade Assistant

So a while back i started familiarizing myself with C#. I needed something relatively easy to do to get back into it. So I decided on an application that checks the status of exchange and the installed version. I thought it might be kinda nice to have something like that for Exchange patching so I know when a server is responding again after a reboot and if it’s reporting the correct version.

Yeah I know you can do the same thing with powershell and a ping command, but this was a learning experience for me.

The application is pretty simple. You run it on any domain joined machine in the same forest where exchange is installed. You can either click the Get Installed Version or Check status buttons to get all the exchange servers and their installed versions or also get the status respectively.

You don’t need to tell the app anything since it gets its server name and version information directly from the AD configuration.


Since this was a learning experience I posted this to github in case anyone wants to take a look at the code. Keep in mind I’m a noob. :)

Or you can download the exe directly from the releases.



Access denied to list object when using powershell remoting with SharePoint

I came across this one today. Take the following example:

When you run the $SPWeb.Lists you will probably get an access denied. it’s a little strange since the account I was running with was not only a farm admin but also had full control to the web app via the user policy.

Turns out that you need to grant the identity you are using access to the content DBs.

Now rerun the commands and it should work.

SharePoint, Exchange and other things.

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