PowerShell on Linux: Not Just Windows Anymore

On Aug. 18, Jeffrey Snover finally got his wish. It was a wish that we in the PowerShell community knew was eventually coming judging from his tongue-in-cheek responses when asked about it for many months. Windows PowerShell was renamed simply to PowerShell because Windows was no longer its only supported operating system. It was now available on Linux and Mac […]

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Automate the creation of self-singed certificates on DSC nodes

In this article, I’m going to show you how to automate the process of creating self-signed certificates on your Desired State Configuration (DSC) nodes. DSC can be a huge time-saver for system administrators. Admins no longer have to create dozens of lines of code to test for and set various configuration items. If you’re set on implementing DSC in your […]

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How to Test Windows Server 2016 in Azure

Windows lets you create virtual machines through the Azure Portal or with the Azure PowerShell module. Here’s how. The much anticipated Windows Server 2016 product is expected to be released (RTM) in Q3 of this year. This new server operating system is set to introduce a wealth of new features including native container support, Nano Server, Storage Replica, Storage Spaces […]

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Advanced PowerShell Functions: Upping Your Game

When writing large PowerShell scripts or modules, it will eventually become necessary to split up the code into modular pieces. Modularity can be achieved by using basic and advanced PowerShell functions. It also encourages good coding practices. One way to build modular code in PowerShell is to use functions. At their most basic, PowerShell functions allow you to compartmentalize code […]

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How to Use the New FileShare PowerShell Cmdlets in Server 2016

The introduction of Windows Server 2016 and PowerShell v5 brought a lot of great new commands to manage your environments. Here are some of the more common cmdlets you might use. With the introduction of Windows Server 2016 and PowerShell v5 came a lot of great new commands to manage your environments. Some of those commands included cmdlets to manage […]

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Review: Ansible shows the beef

At a time when the configuration management market was dominated by Puppet and Chef, an open source project called Ansible emerged with a simpler approach to automating IT environments. An agentless system that was easy to learn, Ansible quickly earned a name for itself. Before long, the developers behind the project formed a company to offer commercial support. That company […]

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Update multiple SQL Server systems with PowerShell

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a tool in PowerShell that will allow you to update multiple SQL servers in one swath with a single command. Patches (service packs and cumulative updates) are periodically released from Microsoft. Judging by the importance of the data contained in databases, it’s critical that these servers are patched ASAP. How do […]

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