PowerShell v3 preview download available

Here is your chance to preview the next release of PowerShell and offer feedback before it gets baked for release.  As with any dogfood software don’t put it on your primary machine. Announcement here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2011/09/20/windows-management-framework-3-0-community-technology-preview-ctp-1-available-for-download.aspx Download here:  Windows Management Framework 3.0 – Community Technology Preview (CTP) #1 Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP1 makes some updated…

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Getting Started with PowerShell Core on Windows, Mac, and Linux

This is deeper than Coke vs. Pepsi or Ford vs. Chevy. We are breaking down the barriers. Cats and dogs living together. Are you ready for this? This month I posted over on the PowerShell team blog about my recent experiences with PowerShell on Linux and Mac. It is a ton of fun. Check out…

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Don’t miss the first PowerShell Saturday event

On March 10th the Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is coming to Columbus, Ohio to kick off the first ever PowerShell Saturday community event.  These events have been very popular with SQL and SharePoint user groups all over the US, and we are launching the first one for PowerShell on Saturday, March 10th.  There will be…

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PowerShell Module for Active Directory SID History Now Faster

It has been a while since I’ve released any updates to the Active Directory SID History PowerShell Module.  Today’s release leverages improvements in PowerShell v3.0 for faster and better results. “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.” Before Stone Cold Steve Austin there was the real Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man. This…

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Gnarly Innards: How to live debug PowerShell DSC configurations without using Enable-DSCDebug

The Problem Have you ever needed to debug a PowerShell Desired State Configuration that appeared to be hanging when it was applying? At that point it’s a little too late to run Enable-DscDebug. Here’s how to debug it anyway… The Solution On the box applying the active configuration you can see the LCM is busy….

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The 2011 Scripting Games Begin on April 4th!

Find all the details here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2011/02/19/2011-scripting-games-all-links-on-one-page.aspx Go ahead.  You can’t win if you don’t play.  This is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills for fun even if you chose not to compete. Grab this badge here!

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Configuring Active Directory with PowerShell DSC and the New xADRecycleBin Resource

Active Directory and PowerShell DSC Today’s post is the second in a series on using PowerShell DSC with Active Directory. We will demonstrate configuring the AD Recycle Bin and domain trusts with PowerShell Desired State Configuration. As a bonus we will throw in a registry key for some special logging on the domain controller. Continuing…

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Surprise! Windows 8 & Server 2012 Release Preview Is Here!

Fresh off the press today!  Here are the links you need: Server announced here:http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/05/31/windows-server-2012-release-candidate-available-now.aspx Client announced here:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/31/delivering-the-windows-8-release-preview.aspx Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Downloadhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx?ocid=&wt.mc_id=TEC_108_1_33 Windows 8 Release Preview Downloadhttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso?ocid=W_OFF_W8P_TechCenter_ISO_EN-US Mine are downloading right now.  What are you waiting for? Enjoy!

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Using Credentials with PsDscAllowPlainTextPassword and PsDscAllowDomainUser in PowerShell DSC Configuration Data

Warnings and errors, oh my! If you have written a DSC configuration containing a credential, then you have likely seen error messages about plain text passwords. And recently a warning was added when using domain credentials. In today's post we explain how to handle these appropriately using DSC configuration data. Where is the documentation for…

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Let's meet up in North Carolina Monday evening (8/10)

This is a quick announcement that I'll be in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina this coming Monday night, August 10th. I'll be speaking on one of my favorite topics (Active Directory PowerShell) at the Research Triangle PowerShell User Group. Find out more information here. Hope to see you there!

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