What is server virtualization and why do you care?

Let’s start with the, “Why do you care?” question. Short answer: You don’t! You’re a business owner or manager, not a computer tech/system engineer. But… you might care, if you knew a little bit about it. And by that I mean, knowing what it is and more importantly, how it benefits the business using it. […]

How to migrate SQL Server instances with permissions to a new server

We recently virtualized a client’s server environment. We’ll write more about virtualization, general concepts, at a later date. As part of that, we had to migrate 3 SQL Server instances to a new server. This was made significantly simpler with a Powershell Script. DBATools – Powershell Scripts to Migrate SQL Instances Download and install the […]

Project and Collaboration Tools rundown – G Suite, Asana, Glip, Slack, and more

A friend and business coach, Bill Hart, asked the following question on Facebook: “Q: how do you manage your calendar, tasks and projects?“ In the future I’ll write a bit more about how your responses to online questions or emails you send can be turned into content for your social media. This is one of […]

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CYBER SECURITY BASICS – aka: The advice I know you’ll ignore

Summary: I provide a summary of some things you SHOULD do to improve your digital security. I then explain each in a little detail. Then, I admit that most people will ignore the advice. But.. here you go. We want security but not really Most people freak out about things like Facebook privacy settings and […]

Parsing Quickbooks Customer (CustomerRet) Response using XML (DOMDocument)

As I indicated in my Quicbbooks Part 1 of never post, I would post some Microsoft Access and other Quickbooks source code and blog entries, rather than do a more detailed step by step explanation. I hope this is helpful. Quick Explanation You can parse Quickbooks response using a ICustomerRetList – and I may post that […]

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VBA solution: Scraping website information using MSXML, HTMLDocument, and getElementsByClassName

Summary An explanation of how to retrieve/scrape website data using MSXML and HTMLDocument but not using the InternetExplorer Application Object. The problem with the InternetExplorer.Application object I have a few blog entries demonstrating how to get web site data using InternetExplorer and the HTMLDocument object. However, there are a few problems with this: Microsoft is […]

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Quickbooks SDK iAddCheck using VBA. Add a check from Excel or Access

Someone reading my part 1 of ??? tutorial on Quickbooks – sorry.. read the notes. 😉  – was struggling to find how to add checks. I wrote them this morning about what to look for in the On Screen Reference OSR for the Quickbooks SDK. iCheckAdd Under the Onscreen Reference, there is a iCheckAdd message. […]

Get Multiple Distances Using the Google Maps API and VBA for Excel or Access includes sample file

Automate Everything I hate manual processes. NOTE: If I get one more email from someone nagging me to finish that Quickbooks SDK Tutorial.. I’m going do it!!!  😉 Edit: 7/26/2017 – Okay.. I lied. I cannot get to it per se… but I am posting some code to help with QuickBooks integration from time to […]

Retrieve Data from Website in Microsoft Access or Excel using VBA

File Download: Microsoft Access/VBA Sample File Edit: 7/23/2017 – an improvement to this solution. This will require some refactoring. A week or so ago a reader asked (on this blog post), if we could place the file online that performs the operation in this blog post (and video). I’ve included it below as a download. The […]