Monthly Archives: April 2017

ISE or VS code?

When PowerShell v2 shipped with the ISE it was seen as a great step forward. We now had a decent editor for creating PowerShell code and running that code. You could also invoke the debugger. Some extensions to ISE have … Continue reading

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IT Professional?

Way back when we were known as Administrators. Then the term IT Professional (often irritatingly shortened to IT Pro) appeared. We’re doing the same job but have a fancy new title. Are System Administrators really professionals in the true sense … Continue reading

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DevOps ebook

DevOps is the latest “big thing” in IT. Whether it will make a difference or be dropped as everyone rushes to embrace the next “big thing” only time will tell. For now, there’s a free ebook from the DevOps Collective … Continue reading

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DSC Configuring Sharing

A new set of repositories on Github document a process for sharing end-to-end scenario based DSC configurations These are open to community involvement

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Mass dismount VHDs

I’m going to be creating, using and discarding a number of VHDs for my diskpart and PowerShell series. When I have a number of them mounted I want a quick way to dismount them. Assuming I consistently keep them in … Continue reading

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Diskpart and PowerShell–part 3: Initialize disk and create volume

Last time we created a virtual disk and mounted it. In this post we’ll initialize the disk and create a volume. Start by remounting the disk Get-VHD -Path C:\test\Test1.vhdx | Mount-VHD You can now initialize the disk: Initialize-Disk -Number 1 … Continue reading

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Diskpart and PowerShell–part 2: Create a virtual disk

Before we start digging into the diskpart/Storage module functionality we need a disk to practice on. I don’t recommend using your machine’s system disk – bad things will happen. The Hyper-V module has  a New-VHD cmdlet so lets use that … Continue reading

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DiskPart and PowerShell–part 1

An attendee at the Summit made the statement that the DiskPart utility didn’t have any equivalent in PowerShell. That’s not strictly true as the storage module provides a lot of functionality that maps to diskpart functionality. The module contents include: … Continue reading

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PowerShell Summit 2017 thoughts

2017 saw our largest Summit to date. 250 PowerShell fanatics (I use the word advisedly) descended on Bellevue Washington. The conversations had already started when I arrived at the hotel on the Friday night before the Summit! We had a … Continue reading

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Abandoned technologies

Why do some technologies become widely adopted and others are seemingly abandoned – often without any real testing. What do I mean by abandoned technologies? Things like Server Core for instance. And I suspect that nano server and even containers … Continue reading

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