Exploring Reference Variables in PowerShell

Exploring Reference Variables in PowerShell Even if you’ve heard of reference variables, their use may still be a mystery. You’ve heard of variables in PowerShell, right?  How about reference variables?  Maybe not.  The reason is because a scripter can generally get by without them, but they do still have a purpose. PowerShell has a concept known as scopes.  You can […]

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Tracking Malicious Windows Server Events with PowerShell

Powershell: Tracking Malicious Windows Server Events Windows servers can potentially generate thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of events daily. Most are created from perfectly safe events that system administrators use to get a glimpse of what’s going on. An event might be generated to indicate a disk is running out of free space, an error occurred with Active Directory, or perhaps […]

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Documentation for developers: Why you need to do it

Let’s be honest: Documentation sucks. Most of the time it feels like a necessary evil that prevents us from doing good work. It’s like we’re being forced to spend time writing stuff down when we could be coding up that new feature, fixing bugs or putting out ops fires. Love it or hate it, documentation is an essential step for all developers. Thankfully, there’s […]

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Manage multiple servers with PowerShell Server Manager

Administrators for large Microsoft environments that use Windows Server 2008 or higher likely have had to manage Windows roles. Windows Server has roles and features that allow admins to add, remove or modify features by clicking a checkbox. However, clicking checkboxes isn’t the most automatic way to manage servers. This is where Windows PowerShell comes into play. Windows Server Manager […]

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Full stack developers: Do they really exist?

This likely isn’t the first time you’ve seen a headline addressing the full stack developers debate, but it’s one that warrants attention. Let’s talk about how this role can become a crutch for companies and why you might want to avoid it. The backstory Traditionally, companies hired developers and operations people to fill very specific roles. Orchestrating a software project […]

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