Windows 8 Consumer Preview and PowerShell 3.0

Yesterday, the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 was released along with the beta of Windows Management Framework 3.0, which is PowerShell v3 for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Windows Management Framework 3.0 – Beta Building Windows 8 Blog Post Windows 8 Consumer Preview [...]

Quest PowerShell Cmdlet Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet

Getting through the inital learning curve of using PowerShell for administration tasks can be frustrating. This is especially true when someone is on the phone waiting for a password reset and you’re reading through the online help or flipping through a book. I’ve had enough of these situations that I created a quick reference with [...]

List of PowerShell Books

Windows PowerShell In Action, Second Edition

My list of free PowerShell eBooks has been very popular, so I decided to compile a list of paid PowerShell books. I own several of these books myself, and I thought it would be helpful to have links to the publisher page for code examples, bonus chapters and errata. With the release of PowerShell 3 [...]

Presentation from 2012 Sarasota IT Pro Camp

The 2012 Sarasota IT Pro Camp at Keiser University was a great success, mainly due to the hard work from the organizers and volunteers. I want to thank all the attendees for coming out, and especially those that came to my remoting session. Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Slide deck for Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Layman’s [...]

SQL Saturday #110 in Tampa

I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #110 in Tampa, Florida on March 10th. This is a free event for SQL Server professionals and anyone that’s interested in learning about SQL Server.

PowerShell for Desktop Support and Helpdesk Staff

Helpdesk Support Staff

Many of the resources and discussions about PowerShell are geared towards enterprise IT staff responsible for supporting servers. With entire books written about using PowerShell to manage Exchange, vSphere, and other enterprise technologies, it’s easy for end-user support personnel to get the impression that PowerShell isn’t something they need to know. I’m here to tell [...]

Adding Domain Groups to Local Administrators Group with PowerShell

A common way to add domain groups to the local administrators group on a computer is with the net command. This worked well for me until I ran into groups with names longer than 20 characters. That’s right, the NET.EXE /ADD command does not support names longer than 20 characters. If net localgroup /add is [...]

Toggle Smart Card Logon Requirement with Set-ScForceOption

Two-factor authentication with smart cards is becoming more common, but it can be a real pain when the computer is broken and Windows is refusing to allow a local account to logon for troubleshooting. The security setting Interactive logon: Require smart card may prevent console logons, but if the registry can still be accessed over [...]

VMware View Cmdlets and PowerShell Implicit Remoting

Group Policy Setting for "Allow Automatic Configuration of Listeners"

One of the differences between the VMware View cmdlets and PowerCLI is that the View cmdlets can only be run on the connection server itself. Despite the lack of a Connect-VIServer equivalent, with PowerShell Implicit Remoting it’s still possible to use these cmdlets from a workstation. First, PowerShell Remoting needs to be enabled on the [...]

Sessions from the 2012 Orlando IT Pro Camp

Cover of Windows PowerShell in Action by Bruce Payette

Thank you to everyone that attended the Orlando IT Pro Camp. It was a great opportunity to learn and network with other IT Professionals. Here are the slides and resources from my sessions. Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Slide deck for Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 Remoting Ravikanth Chaganti Administrator’s Guide to [...]