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Archive for October, 2015

Creating DNS records

Posted by: | October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Creating DNS records |

Following on from my previous post about creating a reverse lookup zone in DNS here’s a function to create records in that zone.   The function takes an IP address and name (of host) and uses Add-DnsServerResourceRecordA  to add the record to the forward lookup zone – I use my default AD zone.   The […]

under: DNS, PowerShell, Windows 2012 R2

Create a reverse lookup zone

Posted by: | October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Create a reverse lookup zone |

I needed to create a DNS reverse lookup zone for my test environment. With Windows Server 2012 R2 I’ve got cmdlets available for managing DNS servers – the DnsServer module. You need to install the DNS role or the DNS RSAT tools to get access to the module.   To create a new reverse lookup […]

under: DNS, PowerShell, Windows Server 2012 R2

Win free entry to the PowerShell Summit

Posted by: | October 29, 2015 Comments Off on Win free entry to the PowerShell Summit |

Want to go to the PowerShell Summit? Want to go for free?   You can win free entry to the Summit (need to pay your own travel & hotel) through the competition at http://powershell.org/wp/2015/10/28/win-a-free-4-day-pass-to-powershell-and-devops-summit-2016/

under: PowerShell, Summit

-in operator

Posted by: | October 26, 2015 Comments Off on -in operator |

As an alternative to the –contains operator you can use the –in operator   Repeating the tests from the previous post on –contains   PS> $primes = 1,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37,41,43,47 PS> $candidate = 7 PS> $candidate -in $primes True PS> $candidate = 4 PS> $candidate -in $primes False   The –in operator can be used in the […]

under: PowerShell Basics

-contains operator

Posted by: | October 26, 2015 Comments Off on -contains operator |

Sometimes you may want to test if a value is in a collection of values   For instance $primes = 1,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37,41,43,47   if you want to test if 7 is a member of the collection $candidate = 7 $primes -contains $candidate True   Likewise testing 4 $candidate = 4 $primes -contains $candidate False

under: PowerShell Basics

DSC resource kit update–October 2015

Posted by: | October 26, 2015 Comments Off on DSC resource kit update–October 2015 |

The DSC resource kit is the primary place to look for DSC resources beyond those baked into Windows.   An update to the resources in the kit has been announced. Some new resources and lots of bug fixes.   see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2015/10/23/dsc-resource-kit-updates-are-here.aspx for details

under: DSC, PowerShell

Testing connectivity before Invoke-Command

Posted by: | October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Testing connectivity before Invoke-Command |

A question on the forum asked about testing if a remote machine could be reached before using Invoke-Command against it.   The usual way to test if you can reach a remote machine is to ping it PS> Test-Connection -ComputerName $env:COMPUTERNAME -Quiet True   That shows you can reach the machine but it doesn’t mean […]

under: PowerShell Basics

UK PowerShell User Group

Posted by: | October 23, 2015 Comments Off on UK PowerShell User Group |

Two meetings of the UK PowerShell group have been announced   Tuesday 24 November in Manchester   Thursday 26 November at Rackspace, in Hayes Middlesex   Details from  www.get-psuguk.eventbrite.co.uk   There is a rumour that I might be speaking at the 26 November event

under: PowerShell User Group

PowerShell and SSH

Posted by: | October 20, 2015 Comments Off on PowerShell and SSH |

The PowerShell team have announced the availability of OpenSSH 7.1 for Windows – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2015/10/19/openssh-for-windows-update.aspx   This is their first step in bringing SSH support into PowerShell.   The roadmap for next steps is available on their blog at the link above

under: PowerShell

PowerShell resources–you tube

Posted by: | October 19, 2015 Comments Off on PowerShell resources–you tube |

One place you might not think of looking for PowerShell resources is you tube.  PowerShell.org has its own channel on you tube – https://www.youtube.com/user/powershellorg – where we’ve posted the session recordings from: PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 PowerShell summit Europe 2014 PowerShell Summit NA 2015   selected sessions from PowerShell Summit NA 2014 and PowerShell Summit […]

under: PowerShell, PowerShell.org, Summit

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