Email Reminders for PowerShell Tasks

I’ve published a new version of the myTasks module to the PowerShell Gallery and its GitHub repository. The big change is that the current version has a feature to send you a daily email with tasks that are due in the next three days. I’ve added a command called Enable-EmailReminder that will create a scheduled PowerShell job to send you an email using the Send-MailMessage cmdlet. The default is to send an email daily at 8:00AM but you can change the time. The default is to also send a plain text message but you have an option to send an HTML email which will include some color coding.

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There are also commands to remove the scheduled job, as well as get the job information. There’s no provision for modifying an existing email reminder job. I figured if you make a mistake it is just as easy to disable (remove) the old run and re-create it. This is also documented in the help about topic.

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According to the PowerShell Gallery at least a few of you have downloaded the module. I use it every day to keep track of what I should be working on. If you have any comments, issues or suggestions, I welcome them in the Issues section of the project’s Github repo.

New PowerShell Projects Published

Last week I published a few of the recent PowerShell modules I’ve been working on to the PowerShell Gallery. These projects had been in a beta phase while I worked out some last minute features. I was also waiting to see if there were any issues reported by you that I might need to address. Nothing came up so I think we’re good to go. Here’s the new projects you can install from the PowerShell Gallery.

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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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Friday Fun: Timing is Everything

For today’s fun I want to introduce you to a PowerShell project I’ve been working on. As with many of these Friday Fun projects this is something that is hardly groundbreaking but it could be fun to use and hopefully serves an educational purpose.  What I have is a module called MyTimer that contains several commands designed to work with a very simple timer. In fact it is so simple you’ll probably think I’m joking.

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Compare PowerShell Modules

One of the attractive features in PowerShell v5 is PowerShellGet. This module includes commands which makes it easy to discover and install PowerShell modules from the Internet, or even your network. The modules are stored in online repositories. Microsoft maintains one called PSGallery. Typically you will use PowerShell commands to find and install modules. As a quick side note, while Microsoft appears to do some degree of review using the PowerShell Script Analyzer, there is no guarantee that modules you find online will work in your environment. That’s why the repository is untrusted by default. You can still download and install but you are accepting the potential risks. But that’s not the point here. It is pretty easy to download new modules, which includes DSC resources. However, new versions can be published to the online repository. As far as I know there is no notification mechanism. So you might have to periodically check to see if there are new versions available. Which means I wrote a tool.

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