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Michael Sorens

PowerShell One-Liners: Help, Syntax, Display and Files

PowerShell is designed to be used by busy IT professionals who want to get things done, and don't necessarily enjoy programming. PowerShell tackles this paradox by providing its own help and command-line intellisense. We aim to make it a bit easier still by providing a series of collections of general-purpose one-liners to cover most of what you'll need to get useful scripting done. Read more...

Michael Sorens

PowerShell Data Basics: XML

To master PowerShell, you must know how to use XML. XML is an essential data interchange format because it remains the most reliable way of ensuring that an object's data is preserved. Fortunately, PowerShell makes it all easy, as Michael Sorens demonstrates. Read more...

Michael Sorens

PowerShell Data Basics: File-Based Data

One of the frustrations of anyone beginning with PowerShell is the simple task of getting data in and out. To help out with this, Michael Sorens begins a series that shows you how to import data from most of the common file formats and sources. He also shows how to export data in a range of formats. Read more...

Joseph Moody

Managing Active Directory with PowerShell

For the busy administrator of a windows domain, any regular task or housekeeping process should be automated, and the Cmdlets that are now provided with Active Directory have improved to the point that there is no serious contender to PowerShell for the task. Joseph Moody shows how to do it, with examples. Read more...

Nirmal Sharma

A Practical Guide to Microsoft Hyper-V Replica: Part II

A Hyper-V replica installation provides rapid disaster-recovery by asynchronously replicating a VM running at a primary site to a replica site. Know how to prepare for something to go wrong at the Primary Server/Site? In this article Nirmal Sharma presents the Replication options for a Replica Virtual Machine with a focus on Hyper-V Failover. Read more...

Joseph Moody

Group Policy and WMI, A Wonderful Combination

If you're faced with having to deploy software to those PCs that are, say, from a particular manufacturer, are laptops with Windows 7, or almost any other criteria, you can use Group Policy if you use the option to filter via a WMI Query. Joseph Moody explains how. Read more...

Michael Sorens

How To Document Your PowerShell Library

PowerShell provides comment-based help for functions and scripts with Get-Help, but when you want to document modules or generate a complete indexed API in HTML format, just as you can with Sandcastle for .NET or javadoc for Java, then stronger magic is required. Michael Sorens shows you how it is done, with source code. Read more...

Nirmal Sharma

A Practical Guide to Microsoft Hyper-V Replica: Part I

A Hyper-V replica installation provides a great opportunity for providing rapid disaster-recovery by asynchronously replicating a VM running at a primary site to a replica site across LAN or WAN to maintain a hot standby VM. Nirmal explains more, and shows how to set it up. Read more...

Joseph Moody

More Advanced Deployments with Group Policy Software Installation

Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI) allows for a high level of control on what can be installed where on a group of computers based on the user. In this article Joseph Moody walks you through the steps to create pre-approved software lists for users to install, and upgrade and uninstall that software. Read more...

Joseph Moody

Eliminating Viruses with UAC and AppLocker

It is important to prevent computer viruses from infecting a network within an organisation; Joseph Moody walks us through the setup and management of User Account Control (UAC) and AppLocker, which together provide network administrators with a powerful defense against malicious applications. Read more...

Nirmal Sharma

Hyper-V Migration Technologies

Hyper-V has become far more sophisticated since the release V3 of Windows 2012, but it means that there are now a number of alternative ways of achieving migration and High-availability. The right method depends on your particular requirements, as Nirmal explains. Read more...

Joseph Moody

Group Policy Software Deployment: Extraction to Installation

When you have a large number of PCs in the domain on which to deploy software, based on the role of the user within the organization, and you haven't a large budget, then Group Policy Software Installation is a good and simple way to do it. Read more...

Joseph Moody

Getting Better Mileage by Extending Active Directory Users and Computers

Active Directory has more uses than it is usually credited with. The 'Active Directory Users and Computers' console can even be extended with whatever PowerShell tasks you need to make routine administrative tasks easier. Read more...

Nirmal Sharma

Microsoft Hyper-V Networking and Configuration - Part III

A configuration of Hyper-V networking across two or more Hyper-V Hosts is the most complex type. It needs to be configured according to the business rules and communication between Virtual Machines and the Hyper-V Parent Partition is best configured with VMBUS and VSP/VSC components. Nirmal explains how best to do it Read more...

Nirmal Sharma

Microsoft Hyper-V Networking and Configuration - Part 2

Hyper-V Networking can be configured to meet a wide range of requirements, but it isn't always obvious which choices are appropriate when configuring the virtual network, and in particular the best ways to implement Virtual Network Switches. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

What's New in Exchange "15"

The Beta of Exchange Server "15" shows considerable improvements in the ease of management and installation. It has been extensively re-engineered to make it more effective in working across several datacentres. It also has a new Outlook Web App that even allows offline working. Read more...

Buck Woody

Distributed Computing - Hybrid Systems Considerations

When the Cloud was new, it was often presented as an 'all or nothing' solution. Nowadays, the canny Systems Architect will exploit the best advantages of 'cloud' distributed computing in the right place, and use in-house services where most appropriate. So what are the issues that govern these architectural decisions? Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

Windows Server 2012 comes with substantial improvements to the hypervisor-based virtualization system Hyper-V. This represents Microsoft's attempt to catch up with rival virtualisation technologies and support enterprise-based 'private cloud' services, and it is looking good. Read more...

Buck Woody

Windows Azure from a Data Perspective

Before creating a data application in Windows Azure, it is important to make choices based on the type of data you have, as well as the security and the business requirements. There are a wide range of options, because Windows Azure has intrinsic data storage, completely separate from SQL Azure, that is highly available and replicated. Your data requirements are likely to dictate the type of data storage options you choose. Read more...

Sean Duffy

Building a Daily Systems Report Email With PowerShell

A combination of PowerShell and HTML can provide the basis of an easily-scanned report on the basic state of a whole group of servers. Sean combined a range of routine health-checks to provide himself a useful range of information about his servers to his in-box. Read more...

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