Scheduled Task Trigger - Synchronize Across Time Zones

When creating a scheduled task trigger using the Task Scheduler UI, the setting Synchronize Across Time Zones is disabled by default. However, the PowerShell cmdlet New-ScheduledTaskTrigger exhibits the opposite behaviour. I wanted to understand the purpose of this setting in order to determine whether I should enable or disable it,...

Get the Nth Working Day of the Month

I recently needed to schedule a task with Windows Task Scheduler to run at midday on the 5th weekday (Mon-Fri) of every month in 2020. Windows Task Scheduler lacks the functionality to configure such a schedule, so I needed to create a separate trigger for each month. Rather than do...

Region Independent Date/Time Formatting in VBScript

I recently had cause to work on some existing automation tasks written in VBScript. These scripts may well be replaced with PowerShell in the future but for now I just need to maintain the status quo. I wanted to add functionality to write to a log file, prefixing each entry...

Avaya Communication Manager Version Number

Avaya Communication Manager is a communication product which provides user and system management, call routing, application integration/extensibility, etc. It is normally accompanied by other Avaya products/components to form a complete communication platform. The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how to obtain the Communication Manager version number from the...

Tracing a TCP Connection Failure

A sysadmin often has to facilitate requests to provide access from the network they manage to resources hosted by an external party. If the target resource cannot be accessed, they have to establish whether this is due to the traffic being blocked by a device on their network or by...

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