Windows PowerShell Remoting

Just in case you have a computer or two that isn’t located in your office.   According to the old joke, the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. And in Windows PowerShell 2.0 the three most important things are –   Well, to tell, you the truth, we don’t actually…

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Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting

Need to perform the same Windows PowerShell task over and over and over again? Ever thought about put­ting the commands for carrying out this task into a script? In this world there’s always something to be glad about. (Hey, it’s true – just ask Pollyanna.) For example, system administration can occasionally be a complicated job…

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Windows PowerShell Profiles

It’s like an Autoexec.bat file for Windows PowerShell. Although your Windows PowerShell profile can do things Autoexec.bat could only dream of doing.  You must admit, Windows PowerShell has a great profile. You hadn’t noticed? Start Windows PowerShell and stand to the side of your monitor. See it now? True, you can’t see much of anything…

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Windows PowerShell Aliases

So, would you rather type something like Get-AuthenticodeSignature or would you rather type something like gas? We had a feeling you’d say that.   Samuel Clemens. Archibald Leach. Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez. William Sydney Porter. The list goes on…. And exactly what is this a list of? Well, as you might have figured out it’s…

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Customizing the Windows PowerShell Console

When it came to automobiles, Henry Ford once said that customers could have “… any color they want. As long as it’s black.” That’s why Henry Ford wasn’t allowed to design the console window for Windows PowerShell.   Many of you will find this hard to believe, but there was a time – long, long…

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Windows PowerShell Shortcut Keys

Yes, we know: everybody loves to spend their entire day sitting at the keyboard, typing. But, just in case, here are some shortcut keys that can make your Windows PowerShell life much, much easier.   Like all good command shells, Windows PowerShell includes a number of shortcut keys that can lessen the amount of typing…

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Windows PowerShell Tab Expansion

So you think it’s pretty nice that Cmd.exe uses tab expansion for file paths? Just wait until you see what Windows PowerShell does with tab expansion.  One of the big advantages of using Windows PowerShell is that you can just sit at the command prompt and type everything; there’s no need to mess around with…

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Piping and the Pipeline

Quick: What one feature truly separates Windows PowerShell from other scripting/shell languages? How many of you said “the pipeline?” Really? That many of you, huh?  It’s inevitable: no sooner do you get Windows PowerShell installed then you start hearing about “piping” and “the pipeline.” In turn, that leads to two questions: 1) What’s a pipeline?;…

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Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

Can’t figure out how to get started in Windows PowerShell? Hmmm, if only we could find an article titled Getting Started ….  First you put the key in the ignition… No, wait, that’s really not the best place to start. That’s not the first thing you should do when you’re learning about your car, and…

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