How to Use the IIS Administration PowerShell Cmdlets Server 2016

One of the most frustrating parts of managing IIS with PowerShell in previous versions of Windows was the IIS administration cmdlets. These cmdlets were included in the WebAdministration module and it was clear they had a lot of room for improvement. Thankfully, there is now relief. With the introduction of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has given us a much improved […]

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How to Copy Files into a Microsoft Azure Storage Account

When working with Microsoft Azure, you’ll inevitably come to a point to where you need to access material stored locally on premise. This might be a virtual disk in VHD format to use for Azure’s IaaS service, a few PowerShell scripts you need executing on your Azure virtual machines or maybe just some configuration files for your Azure websites. Regardless, […]

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Create new Active Directory users with a PowerShell script

The PowerShell script discussed here allows you to create new Active Directory (AD) users, one of the most common tasks that IT admins tend to automate when it comes to employee provisioning. The reason is that this function meets all of the criteria necessary for automation. It’s a task that requires a lot of different, error-prone steps, such as ensuring […]

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Install Ansible: Setup for Windows

Since the DevOps methodology was born in the Linux world, you’ll find that Ansible is much more focused on that platform. However, with Microsoft’s new stance on open source, their community contributions, and their adoption of a more agile, DevOps-minded software development approach, Windows support is slowly catching up. If you’ve heard of Ansible but haven’t necessarily ever used it […]

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Using the PowerShell Test-NetConnection Cmdlet on Windows

Before the days of PowerShell Test-NetConnection, we had many different command-line tools we could choose from to troubleshoot various network connectivity issues. We had ping for testing ICMP echoes and replies; tracert to see where our packets might be getting dropped; nslookup to perform DNS queries against our DNS servers; telnet to check for open TCP ports; and various other […]

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Essential PowerShell Cmdlets For Auditing And Maintaining Storage

PowerShell v5 offers some new features for managing storage, building on the capabilities that were available in PowerShell 4. Here are some of the most useful cmdlets for auditing and maintaining storage. In the days before PowerShell, managing disks via the command line was possible, but it wasn’t easy and it certainly didn’t feel like a unified experience. PowerShell makes […]

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