Creating an SSIS Catalog with PowerShell

Here’s how to deploy SQL Servers in an organization with custom business intelligence. When deploying SQL Servers and when you need to implement some of kind of business intelligence, chances are you’re going to need a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) catalog. A SSIS catalog is a required piece for performing workflow functions, loading ETL packages and more. By using […]

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How to Create Virtual Directories in Azure Web Apps with PowerShell

Until Microsoft adds a native command that easily connects virtual directories to Azure Web apps, we’re going to have to do it ourselves. n the era before cloud computing, writing an entire article just to create an IIS virtual directory in PowerShell would not have been necessary. After all, just run the New-WebVirtualDirectory PowerShell command and be done with it! […]

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Understanding Parallel Runspaces in PowerShell

Allowing multiple segments of a code to run concurrently will increase the overall script’s efficiency. Most of the time when writing scripts, performing tasks in a synchronous manner is usually good enough. After all, it’s working, right? Also, code in the script will usually have dependencies on other parts of the script, which means some parts must finish before others […]

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How to Create Progress Bars in PowerShell — MCP Magazine Online

When automating a ton of tasks, creating a visual cue on the activate is helpful in knowing that things are running smoothly. No one likes to wait. We all want stuff done now but, unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Things take time, and we’re forced to put up with waiting an indefinite amount of time for task X to complete. Writing PowerShell […]

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Windows PowerShell Programming Empowers IT Ops Toolmakers

Scripting with Windows PowerShell gives developer skills to ops admins — they can improve the flow of DevOps app build and deployment, as well as support cloud use. I’ve been in IT operations for nearly two decades, a job where I could answer help desk calls, fix computers, rack servers, spin up VMs and crawl through ceilings pulling CAT5 behind […]

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A Deployment Pipeline Keeps Infrastructure Ducks in Their Rows

IT infrastructure is difficult to get right. Whether to stand up a test/dev server or deploy a new app to production, infrastructure developers turn to a deployment pipeline to build IT. Ask a systems, database or network administrator to construct a build-release pipeline, and you might receive a blank stare. Software developers write the application code, which rides on top […]

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Building PowerShell Scripts to Tie Disparate Products Together

The PowerShell scripting language has been called “automation glue” more times than I can count. It’s a fitting description if you’ve worked with it a lot. You may get the automation part of the title right away if you’ve merely heard of PowerShell and what it can do but the “glue” part may leave you wondering why. PowerShell was born at […]

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