A Classy Christmas PowerShell Module

Yesterday I showed you a class-based PowerShell script. My intention was to have a little bit of fun and teach you the basics of using a class. But what I gave you was really just the first step. If you wanted to create an actual tool around a class, you will most likely want to package it into a module. I’ve done that with my Christmas class. Let me explain why and the changes I made.

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A Classy PowerShell Christmas

Well it’s that time of year again to have some holiday fun with PowerShell. This year I thought I’d give you a classy present. Or more accurately, a class-based PowerShell toy. Classes were introduced in PowerShell 5.0, primarily with DSC resources in mind, but you can use classes for all sorts of things. Continue reading

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Demos

I had a great time in Las Vegas a few weeks ago presenting at IT/Dev Connections. If you attended one of my sessions, thanks for taking the time. I hope found it time well spent. I tend to offer more demo-intensive presentations with minimal PowerPoint, which no one has complained about yet!

In some of my sessions I included a link to a zip file with the relevant demos and sample code but in case you missed it, or I didn’t provide a link during the event, here is a one-stop shop for all of my material. Continue reading

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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