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My top 5 blog posts of 2017

Joshua Stenhouse 0
I started 2017 with a goal of doubling the total visitors to the blog and getting back into some serious fitness (a common goal I know). Being totally honest, the fitness is definitely nowhere near what I wanted. Scripting while virtually sober, physically not, isn’t the best for weight loss!
However, it’s not all bad because I’m happy to say that not only did we double the visitors for the year, we quadrupled it! So I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who read my blog this year and because of you, that’s why I say we and not I. If you didn’t read this blog then I’d just be sharing my content with nobody (definitely not fun!).
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Only the best ale will do to celebrate this milestone and it definitely wasn’t just one!
To celebrate our achievement I’m going to share with you the top 5 blog posts by total visits over the course of the year:
  1. Introducing the Hyperconverged Home Lab
    https://virtuallysober.com/2017/02/10/introducing-the-hyperconverged-home-lab/
    Definitely one of my favorites too. If you haven’t seen this case yet then check it out. I love it and I can’t wait to share with you in 2018 what I’ve done with it since this post.
  2. Introduction to Rubrik REST APIs using PowerShell & Swagger
    https://virtuallysober.com/2017/05/08/introduction-to-rubrik-rest-apis-using-powershell-swagger/
    This is proof of just how amazing a job Rubrik marketing is doing with the majority of this traffic straight from google. If you haven’t checked it out yet then what are you waiting for? Come join the future of REST API driven backups.
  3. Upgrading your home lab to 10GbE on the cheap
    https://virtuallysober.com/2017/06/08/upgrading-your-home-lab-to-10gbe-on-the-cheap/
    After upgrading my lab to 10GbE I wouldn’t go back. 1GbE is just too painful and while I had fun doing this project, I had more fun with the switch just recently. I took the case off and installed 2 x 120mm fans to quieten it down while keeping it cool. Watch out for my 2018 post.
  4. Automated vSphere VM Sizing & Cost Calculator for DR to Microsoft Azure
    https://virtuallysober.com/2017/02/16/automated-vsphere-vm-sizing-cost-calculator-for-dr-to-microsoft-azure/
    I will be revisiting this post in 2018 to make a version that pulls the VM sizes and prices directly from Microsoft rather than using a static CSV. I was promised at an event at Microsoft that this data was coming to a REST API call so watch this space. If you haven’t run this script already and want a sizing recommendation on a per VM basis then check it out.
  5. Working with SQL Databases Using PowerShell
    https://virtuallysober.com/2017/07/10/working-with-sql-databases-using-powershell/
    Even though it’s 5th, this is actually my favorite post of the year. Leveraging PowerShell to connect to multiple SQL database servers and manipulate data in any way I want is one of the coolest things I learned over the past few years. Check out this post to hit the ground running.
Thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to seeing where we can take this in 2018. With even more scripts, tips, opinions, and lab shenanigans coming your way. It’s going to be massive and I’ve already got some juicy scripts lined up for you! Happy holidays and happy scripting,
Joshua

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