Monthly Archives: July 2016

SysAdmin Day

Today is SysAdmin day – Time to show your appreciation for the people who keep your computing going

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.psd1 files

.psd1 files are usually used as module manifests You can test the manifest PS>  Test-ModuleManifest -Path ‘C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\Pester\3.4.0\Pester.psd1’ | fl Name              : PesterPath              : C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\Pester\3.4.0\Pester.psd1Description       : Pester provides a framework for running BDD style Tests to execute and validate … Continue reading

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One of the new items in PowerShell 5.1 is the Get-ComputerInfo cmdlet PS>  Get-Command Get-ComputerInfo -Syntax Get-ComputerInfo [[-Property] <string[]>] [<CommonParameters>]   PS>  Get-ComputerInfo WindowsBuildLabEx                                       : 14393.0.amd64fre.rs1_release.160715-1616WindowsCurrentVersion                                   : 6.3WindowsEditionId                                        : ProfessionalWindowsInstallationType                                 : ClientWindowsInstallDateFromRegistry                          : 19/07/2016 12:27:55WindowsProductId                                        : XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXWindowsProductName                                      : Windows 10 … Continue reading

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PowerShell 5.1 preview

Windows 10 shipped with PowerShell 5.0 installed. The latest preview builds, and presumably, next months anniversary update have had PowerShell 5.1. Windows 2016 TP5 also ships with PowerShell 5.1 A PowerShell 5.1 preview is now available for Windows 7, 8.1, … Continue reading

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PowerShell in Action–Deal of the Day-23 July 2016

Deal of the Day July 23: Half off my book Windows PowerShell in Action, Third Edition. Use code dotd072316au at Deal of the Day details at

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Parallel copy files over remoting session

In response to this post – I was asked how you could copy files in parallel to multiple machines. As soon as anyone mentions parallelism I think of workflows so I ended up with this $computers = ‘W16TP5TGT01’, ‘W16TP5TGT02’ … Continue reading

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Manning Deal of the Day 19 July 2016

Deal of the Day July 19: Half off my book Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches. Use code dotd071916au at For more information on Manning’s Deal of the Day see –

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Biggest innovation in PowerShell is…

The imminent arrival of PowerShell 5.1 in the Windows 10 Anniversary update (assumption as the Windows 10 Insider previews have been showing PowerShell 5.1 for some time) and Windows Server 2016 (TP5 shows PowerShell 5.1) and the fact that PowerShell … Continue reading

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Summer goodies

Looks like we’re set for some summer goodies over the next few months. First up is Windows 10 anniversary update that’s due 2 August Followed by the Windows Server 2016 launch at the end of September TP5 is … Continue reading

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Copying across multiple remoting sessions

I needed to copy the same file to multiple machines so I tried this: $computers = ‘W16CN01’, ‘W16CN02’ $s = New-PSSession -ComputerName $computers Copy-Item -Path ‘C:\Source\Windows 2016 TP5\Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 (KB3163016)\AMD64-all-windows10.0-kb3163016-x64_83d6e9bca94a64a5d9be3d81cdb182e540285848.msu’ -Destination C:\Scripts -ToSession … Continue reading

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