CloudFormation YAML: EC2 Instance with PowerShell UserData

Someone recently was asking for an AWS CloudFormation template, in YAML format as opposed to JSON, that would deploy an EC2 instance running Windows Server, and supported a PowerShell-based UserData script. In response to this, I created the YAML snippet below. Note that the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID is …

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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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Retrieve AWS AccountID using PowerShell

As an AWS customer writing programs against AWS service APIs, using the AWS Tools for PowerShell, you’ll often need to reference your AWS AccountID. For example, some service API calls require passing in an Amazon Resource Name (ARN), which contains your AWS AccountID as one of its parts. Much of …

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Amazon EC2 Instances Will Support Per-Second Billing

In an exciting, new announcement on their blog, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just announced that EC2 Instances running Linux, and “are launched in On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot form,” will support per-second billing. This includes AWS Batch and Elastic Map Reduce (EMR). Since 2006, when EC2 was launched, EC2 Instances were …

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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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Evernote Privacy Warning :: Disable Data Sharing

Evernote has recently come under fire for their new privacy policy that is intended to enable machine learning, with a goal of improving user experience. For some users, who aren’t storing critically sensitive data, this might not mean too much, but certain users have trade secrets that must be kept …

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Add Voice to Your Node.js Application with Amazon Polly

This week has certainly been an exciting one, especially in the cloud IT market! Amazon Web Services (AWS) just recently announced a really cool, new service called Amazon Polly! AWS Polly is a speech synthesis (text-to-speech) service, aimed at software developers and architects, that enables you to generate speech from …

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