Power to the People

If you read this blog, you know about the TechNet Wiki I helped start a while ago. The wiki represents many kinds of awesome. The best of which is the people who care enough about technology, and the wiki, to contribute content. The wiki has been nominated for an internal Microsoft Engineering Excellence Award. More…

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Script Explorer RC

Folks, Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell RC has released. Script Explorer helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. With RC you get: Community and Microsoft resources integrated in search to help you unlock…

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Another Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today

Use your phone camera to translate printed text, voice recognition to translate spoken text, or the keyboard to enter text that you want to translate.Use your phone’s camera to make translating signs, menus, newspapers, or any printed text a snap. Just aim the camera at the text and see the translation in seconds. Download languages and…

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IT Pro Secret Weapon

Increasingly, you don’t need a GUI to get your IT Pro job done. Everything you can do in the GUI, you can do in PowerShell. This is even more true in Windows Server “8” Beta. Not just because there are >2300 cmdlets. Now, you don’t even need mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection) anymore. You can make…

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Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 8 Demo Video

Hyper-V PM Eric Bahna recently recorded a video demo of the new Hyper-V Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server “8* Beta.  The complete demo is about 21 minutes long. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo Uncut [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_UwlE9YDTw] For convenience, I also made three shorter versions currently available on YouTube Windows Server 8 Hyper-V PowerShell Demo…

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Learn Windows PowerShell 3.0 Now

I am reading a great book for IT Pros who want to learn PowerShell: Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches. Why do I have PowerShell on the brain right now? Don puts it this way: “…your choice is, Learn PowerShell,  or would you like fries with that?” The book is excellent for IT…

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The Case of the Pending VM Snapshot Merge

The case of the pending merge. Guest post from reader Jeremy Hagan Recently I had a virtual machine stop responding. Upon investigation I noticed that the machine was paused. This usually happens when the underlying disk has run out of space and it was the case in this instance as well. I thought this was…

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How to Tell if you are in a VM Using Script

Sometimes you need to identify if something is running inside a virtual machine before you take action. This sample VBScript uses the same logic found in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to show if a deployment is running in a VM. If IsVM Then     WScript.Quit 1 Else     WScript.Quit 0 End If Function IsVM    …

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What is the Deal with PowerShell?

What’s the deal with PowerShell? Here is the VBScript code to list services: strComputer = "." Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2") Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Service") For Each objService in colServiceList wscript.echo objService.name Next Here is the script to do the same thing in PowerShell:  Get-Service Which would…

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New TechNet Video Aggregation Pages

Check them out, for example this page of PowerShell Vids called Script Center Videos for some reason not immediately obvious… http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/dd334524.aspx TechNet Videos Deployment Videos TechNet Exchange Videos ForeFront Videos TechNet IE Videos Microsoft Online Services Videos TechNet Office Videos Script Center Videos TechNet Security Videos TechNet SharePoint Videos TechNet SQL Server Videos System Center…

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