Web Testing with PowerShell

I run a self-hosted WordPress blog here as part of a hosted package.  I run this on a very tight budget so I’m pretty sure I share resources with other tenants. This means that sometimes the server is unavailable, usually for only a brief period of time. I have the JetPack WordPress plugin configured to monitor when the site is up or down. But I thought I’d add another layer of testing using PowerShell.

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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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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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