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PowerShell 4.0 DSC presentation at NEBytes
Mon, Aug 19 2013 4:02
For those in or around North East England next Wednesday (28th August), I'm going to be doing a presentation at NEBytes on PowerShell 4.0, with a focus on Desired State Configuration. If you haven't heard of DSC before, it's a really big deal... Read More...
2013 PowerShell Scripting Games
Mon, Apr 22 2013 4:00
If you've read very much of my blog, you'll know that I'm a big fan of the annual Scripting Games, where challenges are set for beginners and advanced scripters, to be solved in PowerShell. The reason I like this event so much, apart from... Read More...
Deleting AD Users with PowerShell - Why is a user not a leaf object?
Fri, Mar 22 2013 11:17
I've been re-writing some automated processes around user account lifecycle recently, making use of the Active Directory PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012. Most recently this involved removing a large number of expired user accounts. On the... Read More...
PowerShell Help Update
Wed, Oct 31 2012 4:27
When PowerShell version 3 arrived, the news that there wouldn't be any built-in help was initially met by a load of groans, since it had been one of the first things that anyone would tell you to look at when you're trying to learn PowerShell... Read More...
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Office 2013 and Exchange RTM
Fri, Oct 12 2012 3:59
I woke up this morning to the news that both Office 2013 and Exchange had reached RTM (Release to Manufacturing) status. I've been using the Office customer preview for a while, and I'm generally pretty pleased with it, so I'm certainly looking... Read More...
PowerShell v3 on the Get-Scripting Podcast
Wed, Jul 25 2012 6:46
Last week I had the chance to chat with Jonathan Medd and Alan Renouf on Episode 31 of the Get-Scripting Podcast , which is now available to download. We had a great time recording and covered a lot of ground with PowerShell version 3, so it runs long... Read More...
Windows 8 Release Preview, PowerShell 3.0 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidates - All the Links You Need
Fri, Jun 1 2012 3:20
Yesterday Microsoft posted the Release Preview of Windows 8 for download. You can go and get the setup executable from: Download Windows 8 Release Preview If you want ISO images so you can prep some removable media, you need to go to: Windows 8 Release... Read More...
Free ebook - Secrets of PowerShell Remoting
Fri, Apr 27 2012 1:27
You wouldn't have had to read too much of this blog to know that I've regularly recommended PowerShell books by Don Jones and Tobias Weltner. They've announced the availability of a new free ebook that they've co-authored, called Secrets... Read More...
PowerShell Web Access on the Windows Server 8 Beta
Fri, Mar 9 2012 6:19
One of my favourite features of Windows Server 8 is Windows PowerShell Web Access. This essentially presents a basic PowerShell console over HTTPS, hosted by IIS8. When I get an email on my phone saying that a new support ticket has come into my team... Read More...
Learn PowerShell in a series of free Live Meetings
Wed, Mar 7 2012 10:13
On Monday 12th March, Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy, is starting a week of free Live Meetings to get beginners up to speed with Windows PowerShell. The live sessions are at 10am(Pacific) each day, so that's 7pm in the UK, but they'll... Read More...
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2012 PowerShell Scripting Games
Mon, Jan 30 2012 6:39
Today the Microsoft Scripting Guys have officially announced the 2012 PowerShell Scripting Games . Long-time readers of this blog will know that every year I recommend taking part in the Scripting Games as a great way to learn PowerShell through completing... Read More...
What's New in PowerShell v3 - the slides
Thu, Jan 19 2012 11:11
This is the deck that I used at my presentation to the NEBytes user group last night. The a udience was mixed IT pro/developer; 1/4 people who have used PowerShell to some degree; 2/3 had at least some awareness. The aim of the presentation was to show... Read More...
PowerShell v3 at NEBytes' 2nd birthday
Fri, Jan 6 2012 6:37
This month's event marks 2 years since we started the North East Bytes user group and the start of what is bound to be an exciting year with some major new Microsoft products on the horizon. I'm happy to be able to give a presentation on the 18th... Read More...
PowerShell Quick Reference Guides and Cheat Sheets
Mon, Dec 12 2011 11:30
For a good couple of years after I first started working with PowerShell, I had a couple of quick reference guides and this cheat sheet pinned to the wall next to my desk and it saved me checking the online help numerous times. Having them practically... Read More...
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Finding duplicate keys in a data file with PowerShell
Wed, Nov 16 2011 11:29
In my day job I've sometimes found myself looking for anomalies in data exported from our Siemens HiPath PBX. Siemens produce a tool that we run on a schedule to export some of the configuration settings for telephone extensions so that we can use... Read More...
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First taste of FIM
Fri, Nov 11 2011 6:24
I've spent two days this week at Microsoft's UK HQ at Thames Valley Park at an Identity Management event run by Oxford Computer Group - basically learning about Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 (and 2010 R2). It also gave me the opportunity... Read More...
Casting dates on the fly to sort with PowerShell
Tue, Oct 25 2011 6:28
Yesterday I was approaced to help someone sorting some data using PowerShell. The data was in a CSV file with one of the fields, called "date", containing a date & time that the data was going to be sorted on. Some of the dates were empty... Read More...
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Locating AD Computer Objects with PowerShell
Wed, Oct 12 2011 7:26
Yesterday I was asked how you can find the locations of a list of computer objects in the Active Directory. Not an issue if all of your computers are in Computers, but we've got a structure of OUs that would put any ant colony to shame, so it's... Read More...
Pre-staging Computers in Active Directory for WDS with PowerShell and Quest AD cmdlets
Wed, Jul 13 2011 6:26
One of the most common issues when buidling computers with Windows Deployment Services (WDS, and RIS before that) are typos in the GUIDs used to net-boot the PCs. When you're entering them by hand as you pre-stage the computer objects in Active Directory... Read More...
Free PowerShell books
Wed, Jul 6 2011 7:35
Way back in December 2009 I wrote a post entitled Where to start with PowerShell which listed free resources, including a couple of ebooks. Well the PowerShell community has been busy since then, bringing the number of free ebooks on the subject up to... Read More...
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