Finding Windows and Amazon Linux AMIs with PowerShell

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides some built-in parameters in the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store service, which expose pointers to the latest version of Amazon Machine Images (AMI) for Windows Server and Amazon Linux. These special parameters are called “public parameters” in the Parameter Store services; for more information, check …

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[Video] Improving Randomness in the Get-Random PowerShell Command

Although it may seem like the Get-Random command in PowerShell provides random data, it actually returns data that is more predictable than you think. If you’re looking to generate some truly “interesting” data for your project, then you’ll want a better approach. In this video, we’ll explore the limited randomness …

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PowerShell Intellisense: ScriptBlock Handler Parameters

I keep forgetting the names of the parameters that are passed into the ScriptBlock handlers for PowerShell Intellisense (aka. tab-completion / auto-completion). Hence, I’m posting the list of parameters here, along with a simple example. $commandName – the name of the PowerShell command that Intellisense was invoked for. $parameterName – …

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Restore Default PowerShell Gallery Repository

If you’ve accidentally deleted the PowerShell Gallery (PSGallery) repository from your system, you can restore it using the following command. Register-PSRepository -Default In fact, if you try to re-register the PowerShell Gallery using the same method that you’d register a custom repository (see below) … $Repository = @{ Name = …

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Change VSCode Integrated Terminal to PowerShell

Visual Studio Code :: Integrated Terminal Setting

Visual Studio Code is an excellent developer tool for PowerShell projects. However, regardless of which type of project you’re developing (C#, Node.js, Python, etc.), you can benefit from changing your default shell to the powerful, object-oriented PowerShell shell. Now, you may not want to change your default shell for the …

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Why I use Visual Studio Code to write PowerShell

Visual Studio Code - PowerShell Extension

A Little History on PowerShell Editors Since 2009, PowerShell users have been rewarded with an improvement over Notepad, for authoring PowerShell scripts and modules. That tool is called the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Editor (ISE), which was originally included out-of-box with Windows 7 and PowerShell version 2.0. Over the years, PowerShell …

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Write PowerShell Modules, not Scripts

Write PowerShell Modules, Not Scripts

When you think of PowerShell, is writing a PowerShell “script” one of the first things you think of? If so, I implore you to read on and think about the next time you write any PowerShell code. During the rest of this article, I’ll attempt to describe a gap I’ve …

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