Best Home Automation Ideas

Once you start with automating your home and you see the benefits of it you quickly want to do more, but what? The possibilities with home automation are pretty much endless so to help you get started I put together a list with some of the best home automation ideas. This list is created based on my own Smart Home and…

How I scared my babysitter with my Smart Home

Building your Smart Home is fun, every week I add new functions, making it smarter. Now our Smart Home behaviour is really based on the presence me and my wife. Which is working great and also saved me already a lot of money on the energy bill. But the problem with automation or programming, in general, is that you have…

Best Smart Thermostat you can buy on Amazon

A smart thermostat, the one device that can earn it’s purchase back with saving money on your energy bill. It’s 2018 and I can’t imagine that people still buy dumb thermostats. Because these thermostats maybe cheap when you buy them, but you will lose money every year while heating your house when you are not at home. I bought a…

Reset Unifi AP to factory Defaults

I also work for a construction company and on the constructions sites, we use Unifi Access points. Sometimes if they get back they won’t connect to the controller anymore. Now you can reset them by holding the reset pin for 10 seconds. But this week I had one, a Unifi AC Pro, that I just couldn’t reset. Now I know…

Duplicate Microsoft Planner Plans

One of the most requested features on the UserVoice forum for Microsoft Planner is the ability to create a Microsoft Planner Templates and make new plans from it. Microsoft is working on this feature, but the ETA is still unknown. I got the same request and started working on a PowerShell script that allows you to duplicate plans. At the…

Using Z Wave Motion Sensors in and around your house

If you start creating your Smart Home one thing you probably want to add are Smart Motion Sensors. If you already have a controller then adding motion sensors is a really easy way to create a security system. But you can do so much more with them besides triggering an alarm when they detect motion. And the great thing with…

Free Network Monitoring Tools

Are you going to be ahead of the problems or running behind it? Network monitoring, every IT Department should have it. Without a monitoring tool, you get a reactive IT department. If people can’t save their files anymore you are already too late. And what about disk swapping because you are running low on memory? These kinds of scenarios happen in every…

Install a Printerport and Printer with PowerShell

Last year I have written about how you can install a printer and printerport from the command line. Really useful if you want to create a batch script so users can install printers them self. But today I wanted to create some deployment scripts to do deploy some printers. And that made me thought, why am I not using PowerShell for…

Smart home design

I am an IT guy, and hence the name of my blog, LazyAdmin, I like to automate as much of the boring daily tasks as I can. So that is what I did with my home. In this post, I will try to help you get started designing your own Smart Home. Where should you start, what do you need…

Working with expression in Microsoft Flow

In Microsoft Flow, you can use expressions for every action, switch, or condition and to manipulate data. Using this in combination with variables allows you to do some cool and very useful things (calculating dates, manipulating strings, extracting parts of a string and a lot more). A small tip upfront, I like to write the expression in notepad. The input field…