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…


Announcing the 2016 Honorary Scripting Guys

Summary: The Honorary Scripting Guys for 2016 are announced. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, it has been an awesome year for Windows PowerShell and for the community. The Scripting Wife and I had the opportunity to speak at lots of user groups and conferences last year. This involved many, many miles of…


PowerTip: Get a list of security patches installed in the last 90 days

Summary: Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Thomas Rayner, shows how to get a list of all the security patches installed in the last three months. How can I list all the security patches that I’ve installed in the last 90 days? There’s a class for that! Just use Get-CimInstance, and you can retrieve this information….


PSScriptAnalyzer deep dive – Part 4 of 4

Summary: Thomas Rayner, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, shows how to write a custom PSScriptAnalyzer rule. Hello! I’m Thomas Rayner, a Cloud and Datacenter Management Microsoft MVP, filling in for The Scripting Guy this week. You can find me on Twitter (@MrThomasRayner), or posting on my blog, workingsysadmin.com. This week, I’m presenting a four-part…


PowerTip: Get a list of suspended Azure Automation jobs

Summary: Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Thomas Rayner, shows how get a list of all your suspended Azure Automation jobs. I think I have an Azure Automation job that is getting suspended for running too long. How can I verify this? You can use the Get-AzureRmAutomationJob cmdlet and its -Status flag to get this information….


PSScriptAnalyzer deep dive – Part 3 of 4

Summary: Thomas Rayner, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, shows how to use Pester to get nUnit formatted results out of PSScriptAnalyzer. Hello! I’m Thomas Rayner, a Cloud and Datacenter Management Microsoft MVP, filling in for The Scripting Guy this week. You can find me on Twitter (@MrThomasRayner), or posting on my blog, workingsysadmin.com. This…


PowerTip: Convert from UTC to my local time zone

Summary: Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Thomas Rayner, shows how write a function to convert from UTC to your local time zone. I have a time that I’d like to convert from UTC to my local time zone. How can I do this? You can write your own function to do this, and use the…


PSScriptAnalyzer deep dive – Part 2 of 4

Summary: Thomas Rayner, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, shows how to suppress, include, and exclude PSScriptAnalyzer rules. Hello! I’m Thomas Rayner, a Cloud and Datacenter Management Microsoft MVP, filling in for The Scripting Guy this week. You can find me on Twitter (@MrThomasRayner), or posting on my blog, workingsysadmin.com. This week, I’m presenting a…


PSScriptAnalyzer deep dive – Part 1 of 4

Summary: Thomas Rayner, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, shows the basics about how to use PSScriptAnalyzer. Hello! I’m Thomas Rayner, a Cloud and Datacenter Management Microsoft MVP, filling in for The Scripting Guy this week. You can find me on Twitter (@MrThomasRayner), or posting on my blog, workingsysadmin.com. This week, I’m presenting a four-part…