PowerShell Not your Father’s Command Line part 4 of 31: Who Ya Gonna Call For Help?

Being able to call for help is important to how you learn PowerShell.  So who do you call?  When you press the universal help key (F1) in a PowerShell session nothing happens (unless you are in the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) more on this in a later when we talk about the GUI enhancements in…


This One Time in a PowerShell Session…Part 3 of 31: Where Did All the Good Cmdlets Go?

In the last post I talked briefly on how to read PowerShell, now lets take a look at how to find out what can you really do with PowerShell.  To start let’s take a look at all cmdlets you can do in your current PowerShell session.  In a PowerShell session run this simple cmdlet:: Get-Command…


This One Time in a PowerShell Session…Part 2 of 31: The Basics on How to Read PowerShell

One of the great things about PowerShell is the language is designed to be read and easy to understand.  PowerShell does not use some esoteric lingo or new words to describe the objects you work with in the shell, it uses common language and terms.  For instance when you look at this PowerShell example: Get-Service…


PowerShell Not your Father’s Command Line Part 1 of 31: Why PowerShell?

Welcome to the inaugural post of 31 posts during the month of May on Windows PowerShell 2.0.  Sarah (my co-author extraordinaire) and I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips and insight to get you started with this fabulous tool PowerShell. So over the next month and beyond you will see…

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Pre-Order NOW: Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0

As many of you may have noticed, I have not been blogging a lot of lately, and probably have wondered where I have been?  Aside from vacation in Disney World for the marathon, I have been heads down finishing my second book!!!!!!  This book is on one of my favorite IT Professional tools, PowerShell!   You…


Introducing Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Technical Training on many topics and yes training on Cloud!

Looking for a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of the opportunity Cloud computing offers IT professionals? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. MVA guides you through the latest cloud computing technologies and tools….


Heartland IT Pro User Groups

One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio,…


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If you are a developer, you’ve probably heard plenty about the cloud. But if you’re and IT professional, what have you heard about it? How does it intersect with the datacenter? How does it make your job easier – or harder? Is it something that your organization is looking at? Is the cloud something your…