Are You My Nano?

I’ve been diving a bit deeper into the Nano waters now that Windows Server 2016 is out the door. As I deployed a few servers I realized there was a potential long-term management issue. During the technical preview, Nano installations were recognized by their Tuva designation. But now, a Nano server is just another Windows Server 2016 installation. So how can I tell if a server is a Nano installation? Here’s the solution I came up with.

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Managing LMHosts with PowerShell

I’ve been in IT for a long time. It has been exciting to see how the industry has changed and how it as adapted to new technologies. Even so, I appreciate situations where sometimes the “old ways” are still the best ways. For example, we no longer really need the ancient lmhosts file to help resolve NETBIOS names to IP addresses.  However, there may be a few cases where lmhosts solves a problem and then wouldn’t it be nice to manage it with PowerShell?

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Download your Ignite schedule with PowerShell


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So I’m starting to get ready for Ignite next week. This year my attendance is down to a single day so I wanted to make sure I got the most out of it. I used the Scheduled Builder to pick some sessions to see on Tuesday.  Once that was done I thought I’d export the events to my calendar. However, I don’t use Microsoft Outlook or a Windows Phone. I couldn’t get the link to save an .ICS file or otherwise export my schedule. Then I remembered I know how to use PowerShell.

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Register Early for Live! 360 and Techmentor

LSPK36.jpgA reminder for you that I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 Orlando, December 5-9. Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Live! 360 provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce. Plus you’ll have a lot of fun. I know Techmentor attendees who have come for years.

I’ll be presenting the following sessions:

  • Creating Class-Based PowerShell Tools
  • Creating WPF-Based Graphical PowerShell Tools
  • Getting Started with Nano Server

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package but I think you need to sign up before October 5th. Register here: http://bit.ly/LSPK36_Home

All roads lead to Live! 360: the ultimate education destination! Bring the issues that keep you up at night and prepare to leave this event with the answers, guidance and training you need.  Register now: http://bit.ly/LSPK36_REG

 

Another PowerShell ToDo Tool

Recently a reader, Matt Penny, shared a tip in a comment on one of my articles. He had a short and simple PowerShell function that he used to insert ToDo commands into his Pester test scripts. Although you could easily use it for other PowerShell work. Of course, I am always on the look out for inspiration so I took Matt’s idea and overworked it.

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