Azure RM: Resource Manager or Service Management?

Introduction If you’ve been working with the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform lately, you might be familiar with the terms “Service Management” and “Resource Manager” (Azure RM). These terms refer to two different REST APIs that enable access to Microsoft Azure cloud services. Cloud Services is an ambiguous term, because there is an Azure platform … Read moreAzure RM: Resource Manager or Service Management?

Compress & Extract ZIP Archives with PowerShell

Introduction PowerShell 5.0 includes a module called Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive, which enables you to compress and extract ZIP files from the command line, or inside your PowerShell scripts. If we use the core PowerShell Get-Command, we can dynamically discover the commands that are available inside this module. You should already be familiar with the Get-Command command if … Read moreCompress & Extract ZIP Archives with PowerShell

Writing Interactive Scripts with PowerShell

If you’re authoring PowerShell scripts that are intended to be interactive, there are a couple of very easy ways to ask your users for input. Typically, user input falls into a couple categories: free-form text input, or a list of pre-defined values. We also might need to prompt the user to type in a secure … Read moreWriting Interactive Scripts with PowerShell

Working with CSV Files in PowerShell

If you’re working with data from PowerShell, you have most likely come across the CSV (Comma Separate Values) format. These files are very easy to work with in PowerShell, thanks to the CSV cmdlets. If this is your first time working with CSV files, it’s easy to discover the CSV-related commands in PowerShell. Create Some … Read moreWorking with CSV Files in PowerShell

Check Your PowerShell Version

If you’re wondering what PowerShell version you’re running, you can easily find this out using a built-in, “automatic variable” called $PSversionTable. For more information about automatic variables in PowerShell, run this command: Get-Help -Name about_Automatic_Variables. Depending on what version of PowerShell you’re running, different features may or may not be available. PowerShell Desired State Configuration … Read moreCheck Your PowerShell Version

Still using PowerGUI? Get on the Visual Studio train!

Are you still using the old Quest / Dell PowerGUI tool to author your PowerShell scripts and modules? If so, you may want to consider getting off the PowerGUI train, and hopping onto the Visual Studio 2015 or PowerShell Integrated Scripting Editor (ISE) train! By doing so, you will improve your PowerShell script & module … Read moreStill using PowerGUI? Get on the Visual Studio train!

PowerShell ISE: Jump to Column Feature

If you’re a developer, or even just a frequent user of a text editor, you’re probably familiar with the “Jump to Line” feature of most text editing software. The Microsoft Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Editor (ISE) offers such a feature, which is commonly mapped to the CTRL + G keyboard shortcut. One of the features … Read morePowerShell ISE: Jump to Column Feature

Import-DscResource Warning Message in WMF 5.0 April 2015 Preview

The latest version of the Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF) Core 5.0 package has some improvements to the PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) experience. One of those improvements is a warning message that will appear, if you do not use the Import-DscResource dynamic keyword to import the PSDesiredStateConfiguration module. The warning message appears when … Read moreImport-DscResource Warning Message in WMF 5.0 April 2015 Preview

Azure PowerShell 0.9.0 Released with Azure Resource Manager!

During the Microsoft //BUILD 2015 conference in San Francisco, California, they have released the newest version of the Microsoft Azure PowerShell module! The version is 0.9.0, and is dated April 2015. You can download the stand-alone Windows Installer (MSI) package from the GitHub releases page. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) The most significant enhancement in the … Read moreAzure PowerShell 0.9.0 Released with Azure Resource Manager!

PowerShell: Resizing Azure Virtual Machines

Background Did you know that you can scale virtual machines in Microsoft Azure? If you’ve been working with the cloud, you’ve most likely heard about that capability before, but did you know that you can automate this function using PowerShell? It’s true! You can streamline many different operations in Microsoft Azure, using the Azure PowerShell … Read morePowerShell: Resizing Azure Virtual Machines