PowerShell scripting contest! Win $5000!

July 24, 2008

VMware is challenging the world’s VI administrators to a contest of skill, creativity and raw scripting talent. If you think you have what it takes to be the best and an all expenses paid trip to VMworld Las Vegas is your cup of tea – this is for you.You win $5,000, or a trip to VMworld 2008! Read all about it on the contest announcement page and good luck!
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BGInfo – Custom information

July 22, 2008

  With BGInfo, from SysInternals, you can display various system configuration values on screen, such as the computer name, IP address, operating system version etc. What if you want to display values from other sources, like the registry or from WMI or even from your own custom script? BGInfo is flexible enough to get/set this values for you with a few mouse clicks. For example, on our servers I wanted to add the server model and Serial number. This is the main BGInfo window. You can edit which items to show, just delete the lines you don't need....

Get your Exchange organization name

July 14, 2008

  In Exchange 2007: PS > Get-OrganizationConfig | select name Name ---- First Organization   In Exchange 2003: function Get-ExchangeOrgName{ $domain = ::GetCurrentDomain() $ddn = $domain.GetDirectoryEntry().distinguishedName $config = "LDAP://CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,$ddn" $orgName = $config.psbase.children | where {$_.objectClass -eq 'msExchOrganizationContainer'} $orgName.name } PS > Get-ExchangeOrgName First Organization

Webcast: Operations Manager – PowerShell

July 10, 2008

Operations Manager – PowershellStart Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) The Operations Manager UI is great but many times you want to do things quickly and with some automation – that’s where the Powershell cmdlets of OM come in! During this session we will examine some of the commonly used cmdlets and see how to build out a script which uses the Operations Manager SDK to create a custom subscription.
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Technet Spotlight On Demand Video

July 9, 2008

Ben Pearce - Windows, PowerShell, and Windows Management Instrumentation: Unveiling Microsoft's Best Kept SecretWithout doubt the most underused and underrated technology out there today is Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). Since Windows 2000, Microsoft has included scriptable remote administration in all operating systems. For years people didn't understand WMI, but then Windows PowerShell was born, WMI became accessible, and then WMI became the best kept secret at Microsoft. This session is aimed at giving system administrators ideas, tips, and tricks on how they can use PowerShell to massively reduce their administrative overhead. From reviewing Hotfixes to managing...
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IIS7 PowerShell Provider Tech Preview 2

July 4, 2008

  The second CTP of the IIS7 Powershell provider has released bumping up the total number of cmdlets to 55! After you download and install the provider you can start exploring it with the pre-built PowerShell console file: Click on the Start Menu -> "All Programs" -> "IIS 7.0 Extensions" -> "IIS PowerShell Management Console". The prompt of the new PowerShell command window is set to "IIS:\" - the root of the IIS Provider namespace.   In the example below I'm loading the provider snap-in (manually) into my current PowerShell session. # find...
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2008 Microsoft MVP Award

July 1, 2008

  I got an email from Microsoft regarding the 2008 Microsoft MVP Award. I was chosen for the award in the Admin Frameworks PowerShell category. What a day! What can I say. It feels like walking on the moon. It is an honor to be among the great guys. I would like to thank the people who supported me along the way and to Microsoft for the award. PowerShell ROCKS!