SQL Saturday #110 Presentation

This weekend was my first SQL Saturday, and I was very happy to have my session on PowerShell remoting selected. The SQL community is an amazing bunch of people, and I’m glad these opportunities for sharing knowledge and making friends exist. I want to thank Pam Shaw and all the other organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and []

Generating Lists of Computer Names with PowerShell

PowerShell is particularly good for automating tasks that need to be performed on multiple computers, and many cmdlets are designed to allow multiple computer names to be specified. In many cases, the most difficult task is getting together a list of computers to use with some of the cmdlets and scripts available. There are several []

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. Building Windows 8 Blog Post Windows 8 Consumer Preview Direct Link to ISO Images Developer []

Quest PowerShell Cmdlet 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

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

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 []

2012 Sarasota IT Pro Camp

I will be presenting my PowerShell Remoting session at the Sarasota IT Pro Camp on February 18th. These events are free, one-day learning conferences for IT Professionals of all backgrounds and experience. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with others. Sarasota IT Pro Camp