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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Use PowerShell to Copy Files over WMI

Scenario Recently, a question came up on StackOverflow, about PowerShell, where someone wanted the ability to copy a file to a remote system via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The question went on to clarify that the individual did not want to have any dependency on SMB (Server Message Block) shares, …

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Run PowerShell Natively on Linux and Docker!

Microsoft just made a huge splash today, by announcing that PowerShell is now available on Linux! I created a launch video that demonstrates how to get PowerShell Core running inside a Docker container! You can see the video over on Microsoft’s MSDN Channel 9. https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/msftazure/Run-PowerShell-Natively-on-Linux-with-Docker Check if PowerShell is Running …

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Change Allocation Method for Azure Network Interface

Update Azure Network Interfaces with PowerShell

Have you already provisioned a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine, with a dynamic private IP address? Do you want to change that dynamically provisioned IP address to a static IP address? If so, you’re in luck! This process is relatively easy using the Microsoft Azure PowerShell module. Install PowerShell 5.0 First, …

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Use PowerShell to Persist Environment Variables

Persistent Environment Variables PowerShell

In PowerShell, you can easily create environment variables using a few different methods. However, these are only scoped to the current PowerShell process, and not to any process running inside the user’s profile, or any process running on the system. Here are a few examples of methods that you can …

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Merge AVHDX Hyper-V Checkpoints

Hyper-V Edit Disk - Merge Action

When you create a snapshot of a virtual machine in Microsoft Hyper-V, a new file is created with the .avhdx file extension. The name of the file begins with the name of its parent VHDX file, but it also has a GUID following that, uniquely representing that checkpoint (sometimes called …

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A Story of PowerShell Quoting Rules

PowerShell Quoting Rules

This will be a fairly brief article that talks about single quotes vs. double quotes in the PowerShell automation language. Single Quotes In PowerShell, single quotes are commonly used to define string literals. If you want to include a single quote inside of a single-quoted string literal, then you simply …

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Designing Command Line Tool User Experience

Linux Terminal Running Docker

Introduction Software developers, infrastructure & DevOps engineers, and operational IT staff are heavy users of the command line. The benefits of the command line are clear: Commands are / should be readable Commands are repeatable Commands can be shared amongst a team (eg. via source control / chat / etc.) …

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Azure PowerShell Extensions Updates

The Azure PowerShell Extensions module (AzureExt) for Windows PowerShell has seen another interesting update! Let’s take a look at some of the high-level changes: External dependencies have been completely removed The module now supports PowerShell ISE Snippets for Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Resources New command: Remove-AzureRmResourceGroupGui New command: Start-AzureRM Check …

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PowerShell Error: Publishing Module to Gallery

I recently tried publishing a very small, simple PowerShell module to the PowerShell Gallery. I ran into a few errors that were rather cryptic. To get more debugging information, I ran Publish-Module with the -Verbose switch parameter. The main errors I noticed were as follows: Invalid URI: The format of the …

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