Developer VM

Setting up Hyper-V VM using powershell

It is not uncommon in consulting to work out of dedicated VMs for each customer. This helps create a strong segregation between internal and each client workstream. If you use Hyper-V, chances are that you already have a template VM and use copies of it, so you don’t setup everything over and over. In this post, I will do exactly that, but introduce as much automation using PowerShell as possible....

August 28, 2022 · 5 min · LPains
Developer Environment

Automated and repeatable Developer Environment setup - winget

Back in March I posted about Automated and repeatable Environment Setup. In that version of the environment setup, I used Chocolatey because it has always been my go-to Windows app installer. However, the latest versions of Windows 10 and 11 comes with winget pre-installed. In this post, I will show how to setup a similar developer environment but using winget instead of chocolatey. Similarly to the last post, I will focus on a typical ....

August 25, 2022 · 3 min · LPains

Convert PFX to PEM for AWS Certificate Manager

When adding a certificate to AWS Certificate Manager, you need to have the certificate’s PEM encoded body, private key, and certificate chain. Note that unless you have a self signed certificate, you will need the certificate chain. If your cert has a chain but you don’t include it AWS will tell you an error occurred but it won’t tell you what’s wrong. I had to try and fail a few times before it worked....

March 9, 2022 · 2 min · LPains
Developer Environment

Automated and repeatable Developer Environment setup

First post of 2022 in March? Sorry for that, it took a while to get traction this year. I have a habit of “starting over” with my development environment once a year at a minimum. That means that I reinstall the OS from scratch and all my tools. This is actually fun and not hard to do at all, but can it be automated? Yes, powershell + chocolatey is a good answer to this....

March 7, 2022 · 4 min · LPains