PowerShell: Build Windows 10 Server Technical Preview VM in Azure

You’ve probably heard about Windows 10 and the Windows Server Technical Preview, right? You can download the Windows 10 Client operating system from https://insider.windows.com, and you can download the Windows Server Technical Preview from your MSDN account, if you have one. A lot of people have stated that the download …

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Use PowerShell DSC to Install DSC Resources

IMPORTANT: This post was authored in August 2014, and is out of date. At this point, you should be installing PowerShell DSC resources from the PowerShell Gallery, using the PowerShellGet\Install-Module command. Introduction A lot of the functionality provided by Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) comes, not from the core …

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Automating the Lync Client with PowerShell

You love PowerShell, right? And you love the Microsoft .NET Framework? Are you setting out to automate the Microsoft Office 2013 Lync Client with PowerShell? If you answered “yes” to the last three questions, then you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to take a look at how to …

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PLA Blog Entries

Over the past eight months or so, I’ve posted some articles over at the Project Leadership Associates (PLA) blog. This post is a listing of them, and direct links to each post. Microsoft Windows General Fixing Windows Remote Management on Domain Controllers Windows 8.1: Disable SkyDrive (now known as Microsoft …

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PowerShell: A first-timer’s perspective of PowerCLI

This blog post is a description of my first experience playing around with PowerCLI, which is VMware’s PowerShell module for managing vSphere servers. I haven’t really dealt with VMware much in my past, other than VMware Workstation, so I thought it was exciting to get the chance to play around …

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PowerShell: Creating Active Directory Managed Service Accounts

Hey folks, I’ve recently been trying to learn more about Active Directory Managed Service Accounts (MSAs), which are basically self-managing service accounts. You don’t have to manage the Service Principal Name (SPN) or password for MSAs, which makes them very good choices for running applications. You can read more about …

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PowerShell: Measuring Download Speeds

Have you ever downloaded a file from the Internet? Probably. Have you ever downloaded a file with PowerShell? Maybe. Have you ever wondered how fast your download was going? Sure. Have you ever wondered how to get that information when you’re downloading a file with PowerShell? Maybe, but you didn’t …

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PowerShell: Updating an Azure Service Display Name

If you’re like me, you probably like clarity, consistency, and conciseness. Given that, I like to ensure that names of hosted services in Windows Azure are named appropriately. Sometimes developers will give a service a quick name that they understand, but may not relay enough information to other team members, …

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