Introducing the DscLcm utility for PowerShell

Summary: Desired State Configuration is a great deployment tool to meet your organization’s infrastructure-as-code goals. I recently came across a situation for a project that uses the Push Service (as opposed to the Pull Service). It required me to be able to apply a new partial configuration to a node, without any knowledge of what…


PowerTip: Build simple HTML with PowerShell

Summary: Here’s how to use the ConvertTo-HTML cmdlet to build basic HTML content.   Hey, Scripting Guy! Occasionally I need to build basic HTML documents. I heard there was a way to do that with Windows PowerShell.   There most certainly is! Just use the ConvertTo-HTML cmdlet to save the day! For example:    …


Windows PowerShell and the Text-to-Speech REST API (Part 2)

Summary: You can use Windows PowerShell to authenticate to the Text-to-Speech REST API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I was reading up on the REST API for the Text-to-Speech component of Cognitive Services. I’m just starting to learn how to use REST and PowerShell. Could you spend a little bit of time and show me how…


PowerTip: Create new authentication keys for AzureRM Cognitive Services

Summary: Change the keys to authenticate to Azure RM Cognitive Services, by using Windows PowerShell.   Hey, Scripting Guy! I created the keys for my Rest API. I know I can change them in the web portal, but is there a faster way of doing it through Windows PowerShell?   There absolutely is! Just use…


Windows PowerShell and the Azure Text-to-Speech Rest API (Part 1)

Summary: You can use Windows PowerShell to authenticate to the Microsoft Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech component through the Rest API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I heard about the cool Microsoft Cognitive Services, and had heard they have a REST API. Does that mean I can use PowerShell to consume them? Could you show me how to…


PowerTip: Use PowerShell to read an RSS feed

Summary: “Hey, Scripting Guy!” shows you how to use Invoke-RestMethod to read a list of entries from an RSS feed.  How can I use Windows PowerShell to see the list of articles from an RSS feed?       Just use the Invoke-RestMethod and provide the full path to the link to the RSS feed….


PowerShell and the REST API for the IT pro

Summary: This post provides a quick introduction to what the REST API is, and how it applies to Windows PowerShell. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I can see there is this cool cmdlet called Invoke-RestMethod. I’ve been told REST API’s are all around, and this allows me to consume that data. Could you give me a…


Cross-platform PowerShell remoting in action

Summary: Learn how to configure and use cross-platform PowerShell remoting in PowerShell Core. I’m Christoph Bergmeister, a London-based full stack .NET software developer with a passion for DevOps. To enable product testing of .NET Core apps across non-Windows machines in CI, I was one of the first people to use the new cross-platform remoting capabilities…


Script Wars: The Farce Awakens (part V)

Summary: Rey is skilled in PowerShell, and new to Contoso Holly Jolly Hat Company. Already she has been a great boon to her new co-workers and had her sneakers become the subject of a hungry trash robot. She was just about to walk out to the hall with Ben Kerberosie, when suddenly an dominant figure…


Script Wars: The Farce Awakens (part IV)

Summary: A quick recap shall we? Newly graduated from IT training and future guru in the world of Windows PowerShell, Rey Skyworker has been hired on by her mentor, Ben Kerberosie. Already, she has helped peers from her team improve their PowerShell code to do some basic error trapping and cleanup of the data upon…