[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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Microsoft MVP Renewal: Third Consecutive Year

This morning, I received the coveted, diamond-like e-mail that most people anticipate with fervor. For the third year in a row, I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP award for contributions to the community. I very much enjoy, and am passionate, about being involved in various IT communities, locally, nationally, …

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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. …

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Secunia Webinar Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended my recent webcast with Secunia’s “We Speak Geek” series! The topic of discussion was deploying a lab for System Center Configuration Manager in Microsoft Azure, and automating the majority of the process in PowerShell. Want to deploy a #ConfigMgr lab in #Microsoft #Azure using #PowerShell? …

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Implementing a .NET Class in PowerShell v5

Introduction You might have heard that PowerShell version 5.0 has introduced support for building .NET classes. Indeed, this is a powerful, new capability that has not previously existed in native PowerShell syntax. Before the new class-building syntax existed, if you wanted to build custom objects in PowerShell, you generally would …

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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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Fix for Service Unavailable in PowerShell DSC Pull Server

Introduction I recently tried to setup a Microsoft Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) Pull Server, and was receiving an error from IIS. I used the xDscWebService DSC Resource, from the xPSDesiredStateConfiguration PowerShell module, to configure the DSC Pull Server. When I tried to browse to the IIS Web Service …

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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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PowerShell: Get the Windows Azure Certificate

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If you’re automating Windows Azure using Windows PowerShell, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that you need a management certificate to connect to the Windows Azure subscription that you’re attempting to view or modify. Management certificates are associated to a Windows Azure subscription inside the Management Portal, …

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