Cloud operating system deployment: WinPE in Azure

Jason Ryberg is a Consultant for Microsoft, where he writes PowerShell code and provides DevOps support.  Have you ever wanted to boot to WinPE in Azure and select an Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Task Sequence?  As part of an informal cloud-readiness evaluation, I was asked to deploy a server image to Azure. The image that…


Debugging PowerShell script in Visual Studio Code – Part 1

Summary: Here’s a look at the many features of the PowerShell debugger for Visual Studio Code. In previous blog posts, we covered how to get started with PowerShell development in Visual Studio Code and the editing features of Visual Studio Code and the PowerShell extension.  If you don’t already have Visual Studio Code configured with the…


Nearly everything has changed for SQL Server PowerShell

2016 was the best year in SQL PowerShell history! I guess I should have mentioned that here sooner. Wired® Magazine recently said that Microsoft SQL Server was the surprise hit of the year. The primary cited reason is the SQL Server port to Linux, but there are several other reasons to be really excited about…


View passwords of wireless profiles without using netsh.exe

Ever since the GUI lost the ability to view the password of a wireless profile, I wanted to provide this functionality in PowerShell. A search of the Internet for how to view the password of a Wi-Fi profile returns numerous examples of how to use netsh.exe to accomplish this. I wrote a previous blog post…


Visual Studio Code editing features for PowerShell development – Part 2

Summary: Editing features for Visual Studio Code that use the PowerShell extension. Welcome to Part 2 about editing features of Visual Studio Code. Everything that we  examined in Part 1 of this series is about Visual Studio Code editing features that are available without the PowerShell extension installed! They apply to your markdown, JSON, XML,…


Visual Studio Code editing features for PowerShell development – Part 1

Summary: The editing features of Visual Studio Code come in handy as you develop your PowerShell scripts. Note: This post includes animated gifs. For best results, view the post in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. In the previous blog post, we explained how to get started with PowerShell development in Visual Studio Code. If you…


SharePoint Online cmdlets to help your migration

Summary: Use these PowerShell cmdlets to migrate to SharePoint Online. Today’s post is from Christopher Weaver, who is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) and focuses on SharePoint and Office 365 solutions for large enterprise Premier customers. He has been doing PowerShell and SharePoint with Microsoft for nine years. In his spare time, he enjoys…


Where[-Object] clauses for people who use SQL Server

Summary: Learn about the power of the Where[-Object] cmdlet in PowerShell. Can I do a WHERE clause with an IN, in PowerShell?  Yes! Today’s post is from Aaron Nelson ( blog | twitter ), who is a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server (Data Platform), leads the PowerShell Virtual Chapters of PASS, volunteers for the local PASS Chapter…


Make Visual Studio Code more like the integrated scripting environment

Summary: Learn some handy tips to make Visual Studio Code work more like the ISE. I was very intrigued with the release of Visual Studio Code last year. An editor that is light-weight and integrated with Git is something worth considering. Well, any new tool that could be added to the tool box is worth…