PowerShell for Windows Admins:

August, 2014


August 29, 2014  2:29 PM

Grains of rice on a chess board

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

There is a story about the inventor of chess being rewarded by putting 1 grain of rice on the first square of the board; 2 on the second and so on.  How much rice does that come to?   The total number of grains is 1.84467440737096E+19   At 25mg per grain thats 461168601842739...

August 29, 2014  1:00 PM

Event Log Providers

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

An event log provider is writes to an event log.  I’ve used WMI in the past to get these but while looking for somethign else discovered that Get-WinEvent can also find this information   Get-WinEvent -ListProvider * | ft Name, LogLinks -AutoSize –Wrap   Provides a nice...


August 28, 2014  12:56 PM

Patching Server Core

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

I’ve been rebuilding my test lab after installing a SSD into the machine running it in place of the SATA drive.  Huge improvement in load speed of virtual machines – well worth the cost. I usually have a number of server core machines in the lab and use WSUS for patching.  One issue I’d...


August 28, 2014  11:26 AM

European Summit deadline approaching

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

There are just over two weeks left for you to register for the European PowerShell Summit. At the moment we are still short of the number that would enable us to repeat a European Summit in 2015.  We had a lot of comments from people stating they wanted a Summit in Europe.  Now is the time to...


August 28, 2014  6:15 AM

DSC Resource Kit–wave 6

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

The next wave of the DSC resource kit is available with some new resources and updates to old favourites. Details from: Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


August 21, 2014  2:04 AM

Learning, always learning

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
Books

PowerShell is going mainstream amongst the administrator community – it may seem slow but the last couple of years has definitely seen a sustained upswing in adoption in my experience. As more people are demonstrating the benefits we see more people asking how they can learn...


August 20, 2014  10:19 AM

Count property

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

Its frequently said that PowerShell is so big that no one can know everything about it.  I proved that today when I “discovered” a change in PowerShell of which I wasn’t aware.   If you create an array: £> $a = 1,2,3 You can then get the number of members of that array...


August 20, 2014  7:49 AM

Split-Path serendipity

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

I’ve used Split-Path and its associated cmdlet Join-Path a lot when working with file system paths. Something I read today started me asking if it would work with URLs   It does:   £> Split-Path -Path '


August 18, 2014  12:57 PM

European Summit countdown #1

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

There are four weeks left to register for the Summit if you are going to attend. Our numbers are moving in the right direction but we still need more registrations to make a 2015 Summit feasible.


August 18, 2014  12:53 PM

DNS client settings

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
DNS

Following yesterdays post there are a couple of other cmdlets worth looking at if you want to dig into the DNS settings on your client machines. Get-DnsClient wil show you the DNS relsted settings for all of your network interfaces by default.  To investigate a single...


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