Charting with PowerShell

You may be aware that there are some 3-rd party add-ins for PowerShell that allow you to create charts and graphs from your PowerShell scripts.  What you may not be aware of is that there is a free download from Microsoft that will allow you to do the same.  The Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft…

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Programming Hyper-V with WMI and C# – Getting Started

You may have seen from a recent post that I received a new laptop that was capable of running Hyper-V.  Well, it’s all fully installed and working, so I thought I might blog about it a bit.  There are plenty of existing blogs on Hyper-V, so I thought I might take a slightly different tack…

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Vista, Server 2008 and the Case of the Bitlocker Dual Boot

This week, I received my shiny new work laptop, which I’d been anticipating for some time.  Normally, I’m not much of a hardware geek and don’t get overly excited with new kit, but I was really looking forward to this as it is 64-bit and finally allows me to install Server 2008 and Hyper-V for…

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Forcing Theme Settings in Windows Vista

Recently I was working with a customer to find a way to automate forcing a specific Aero theme in Windows Vista.  The idea was to have the Vista clients "colour-coded" according to their use; so whenever a user logs on the window border colour would indicate the type of system (which was actually based on…

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(Re-)Start Me Up …

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m currently working on a Windows Vista workshop. As part of that, I’ve created a simple application that demonstrates the basic interaction of the Windows Installer with Vista’s new Restart Manager (RM). I thought I’d post some information on how easy this was to do, which you might…

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