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Project Honolulu

Posted by: | October 31, 2017 Comments Off on Project Honolulu |

The recent announced project Honolulu – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2017/09/22/project-honolulu-technical-preview-is-now-available-for-download/ – is Microsoft’s new browser based Server management tool.   You can install it on Windows 10, Windows Server 1709 and Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2 and 2012   Honolulu is the proposed replacement for the MMC based tools we’ve been using since Windows 2000.   Honolulu functions […]

under: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

PowerShell v6: #2 Remoting

Posted by: | October 31, 2017 Comments Off on PowerShell v6: #2 Remoting |

Ask any number of users and you’ll get at least that many different answers but at its core PowerShell is an administration tool. To be effective your administration tools have to be able to access remote machines. RDP is the traditional way to do this for GUI bound admins – should that be the coding […]

under: PowerShell v6

PowerShell file extensions

Posted by: | October 30, 2017 Comments Off on PowerShell file extensions |

There are a number of file extensions associated with PowerShell. If you’re not aware of them they may cause you problems. You’ll commonly find these PowerShell file extensions:   .ps1 – a PowerShell script. May contain functionality such as functions or workflows. This is the most common extension   .psm1 – a PowerShell module file. […]

under: PowerShell Basics

Reverse DSC

Posted by: | October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Reverse DSC |

DSC is a configuration management tool that first appeared in PowerShell v4 and was refined in PowerShell v5/5.1. Major changes are coming to DSC of which more later. DSC takes a configuration and applies it to a server. What about the situation where you have an existing server and want to derive a DSC configuration […]

under: DSC

PowerShell Attacks–advice on defending

Posted by: | October 28, 2017 Comments Off on PowerShell Attacks–advice on defending |

PowerShell Attacks–advice on defending from Lee Holmes – PowerShell security expert – is available at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2017/10/23/defending-against-powershell-attacks/ Read, learn, inwardly digest and apply

under: PowerShell, Security

Windows 2016 1709 release

Posted by: | October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Windows 2016 1709 release |

The Windows 2016 1709 release is the first of the semi-annual updates for Windows Server – interestingly its referred to as Windows Server 1709 in the documentation.   Its now available for download through your Software Assurance channels and Windows evaluation centre. MSDN subscribers can also get a copy.   A big surprise is that […]

under: Windows Server 2016

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Posted by: | October 26, 2017 Comments Off on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update |

The Windows 10 fall Creators Update arrived this morning.   After the usual long download, install and then updating bits after I first log on (that last bit is really irritating – thought it was going away) I got into the machine.   First impression is that there are some minor cosmetic changes. Some icons […]

under: Windows 10

Monitor resolution

Posted by: | October 25, 2017 Comments Off on Monitor resolution |

A question on the forum about getting monitor resolution led to this code Get-CimInstance -Namespace root\wmi -ClassName WmiMonitorId | foreach {      $filter = (“InstanceName = ‘$($psitem.InstanceName)'”).Replace(“`\”, “`\`\”)       $maxres = Get-CimInstance -Namespace root\wmi -ClassName WmiMonitorListedSupportedSourceModes -Filter $filter |   Select-Object -ExpandProperty MonitorSourceModes |   Sort-Object -Property {$_.HorizontalActivePixels * $_.VerticalActivePixels} -Descending |   […]

under: PowerShell and CIM

PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2018 schedule

Posted by: | October 24, 2017 Comments Off on PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2018 schedule |

The schedule for the 2018 Summit still needs a little bit of polishing to finish it but it’s taking shape. I’ve started releasing information on sched.com that we’re using for all our scheduling needs for the Summit. The one and only truth regarding the sessions and their times can be found at https://powershelldevopsglobalsummit2018.sched.com/   I’ll […]

under: PowerShell, Summit

PowerShell v6: #1 major differences

Posted by: | October 24, 2017 Comments Off on PowerShell v6: #1 major differences |

In August 2016 PowerShell went open source. Since then we’ve seen 18 releases of alpha code and 8 beta release with another beta release imminent. This post – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2017/07/14/powershell-6-0-roadmap-coreclr-backwards-compatibility-and-more/ – from the PowerShell Team suggested a full release of PowerShell v6 before the end of 2017.   I’ve not written much about PowerShell v6 so […]

under: PowerShell v6

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