Top 5 PowerShell scripting sources

In a recent class, I pointed out to students some of my favorite scripting sources, and found that some students had found one or two, but not all my favorites. So, since PowerShell is all about finding the right script, here are my top five websites for PowerShell scripts. And, by the way, the right [...]

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3 ways to Monitor with PowerShell

A student in a recent class asked for a script that could take every command a user typed into PowerShell and send it to a csv file for monitoring purposes. That prompted me to think about the choices you have with PowerShell. He didn’t want to capture history after the fact, with a ‘get-history’ command, [...]

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Top 5 Commands in PowerShell

Which commands are you always going to need to use, and will use with every new command or module as you write PowerShell?  Get-Help.  You use this to read the help file for a cmdlet:  Get-help <cmd>.  So you see a script that uses Test-connection, and you want to see what you can do with [...]

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PowerShell 3.0 makes it easier for those new to scripting

PowerShell 3.0 has a new feature called snippets that make using more advanced features of PowerShell lots easier.  Those of you who know me, know that I use lots of cooking analogies, and won’t be surprised at what’s coming next: Snippets in PowerShell is like using premade pie shells.   With a premade pie shell, you [...]

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Report with Lines Between Detail Rows

Student Report presentation question:  My user wants lines between each line of detail.  How can I do that? In a recent reporting class, a student said that one of his users wanted a line across the report between each line of detail, and how could he do that, or was it even possible. Since the [...]

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Sequencing Identity Numbers in SQL Server 2012

Identity columns are nothing new in T-SQL.  They are great when you want a unique number to be automatically assigned every time you insert a new record.  The trouble is that while they are unique within the table, they are probably the same between tables.  Every table with an identity column has a 1 for [...]

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Nine Reasons to move to Server 2012

9. PowerShell 3.0 Every element of the operating system and virtually every other companion server, such as SQL, Exchange or Lync, are completely manageable through PowerShell. This is so ingrained that the GUIs are just buttons that call PowerShell scripts underneath. 8. DirectAccess DirectAccess was a neat idea but it was poorly implemented in previous [...]

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New Windows Server 2012 Release 2 Brings New Functionality, New Opportunity

“R2” always catches our attention.  A new release promises new functionality, new capacities, and new capabilities for every IT Pro to wrap their head around, and Microsoft Windows Server R2 delivers on that promise. Many of these new features focus on improving the flexibility and capacity of storage solutions provided by Windows Server 2012.  Work [...]

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Five Important features in SCCM 2012

#1 User-centric management One of the big themes in SCCM 2012 is User Centric Management. This theme is carried forward throughout the product. Software distributions can now be targeted at users rather than just at devices. Additionally, users can define a primary device (or you can set up rules to determine a primary device) and [...]

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