PowerShell: PSReadLine Module

The PSReadLine PowerShell module is a god-send in the world of the PowerShell console host. The console host (powershell.exe) has gotten a lot of flak, over the years, for lacking functionality that most non-Windows users are accustomed to having. Some of the enhancements that you get out-of-box with PSReadLine include: …

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Azure RM: Resource Manager or Service Management?

Introduction If you’ve been working with the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform lately, you might be familiar with the terms “Service Management” and “Resource Manager” (Azure RM). These terms refer to two different REST APIs that enable access to Microsoft Azure cloud services. Cloud Services is an ambiguous term, because …

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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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Check Your PowerShell Version

If you’re wondering what PowerShell version you’re running, you can easily find this out using a built-in, “automatic variable” called $PSversionTable. For more information about automatic variables in PowerShell, run this command: Get-Help -Name about_Automatic_Variables. Depending on what version of PowerShell you’re running, different features may or may not be …

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PowerShell ISE: Jump to Column Feature

If you’re a developer, or even just a frequent user of a text editor, you’re probably familiar with the “Jump to Line” feature of most text editing software. The Microsoft Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Editor (ISE) offers such a feature, which is commonly mapped to the CTRL + G keyboard …

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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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Azure PowerShell 0.9.0 Released with Azure Resource Manager!

During the Microsoft //BUILD 2015 conference in San Francisco, California, they have released the newest version of the Microsoft Azure PowerShell module! The version is 0.9.0, and is dated April 2015. You can download the stand-alone Windows Installer (MSI) package from the GitHub releases page. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) The …

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