Monitor AWS Auto Scaling Activities with PowerShell

Recently, I needed to monitor my auto scaling groups in AWS, to see why they weren’t scaling up properly. Although I can use the AWS management console to monitor these activity messages, it isn’t very efficient to continuously click the refresh button. Hence, I wanted to automate the process of …

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Create AWS DynamoDB Tables with PowerShell

You can use the AWS PowerShell module to create DynamoDB tables. If you need help setting up the AWS PowerShell module, start by watching this video. There’s a helper function called New-DDBSchema, which creates a .NET TableSchema object. Start by assigning the output from this command to a variable; you …

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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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PowerShell Splatting: Overview

Have you ever been writing a PowerShell script, and looked at how wordy and long the command becomes? If so, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the concept of PowerShell Splatting. This technique allows you to declare your PowerShell cmdlet parameters in a HashTable (aka. dictionary or key-value pairs), and …

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Microsoft Visual Studio as a Python IDE

If you’re running the Windows operating system, and doing any type of software development work in VB.NET, C#, PowerShell, MVC, JavaScript, or anything else, you’re most likely familiar with the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Visual Studio has been known for a long time, as an enterprise-class, reliable, and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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