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How to Set Up Hyper-V VM Groups with PowerShell

This guide shows you how to create VM groups with PowerShell cmdlet, how to add group members, retrieving groups and members, and potential obstacles Read the post here: How to Set Up Hyper-V VM Groups with PowerShell … [Read more...]

How to Provide IaaS Images with Azure Stack

Providing images is a vital step after deploying Azure Stack in your environment as it enables the ability to deploy virtual machines in an IaaS scenario Read the post here: How to Provide IaaS Images with Azure Stack … [Read more...]

How to Build an Azure Custom Build/Release Task

Creating a Custom Pipeline Task Azure DevOps, the Microsoft solution providing a comprehensive development environment, has the ability to create custom pipeline tasks. These tasks are built using NodeJS and developed using Typescript, which is a superset language of JavaScript originally developed by Microsoft. Keep in mind that this article, and some code examples within, assume you are using … [Read more...]

What Exacty is PowerShell Core, Anyway?

Once upon a time back in 2006, PowerShell was introduced to the world. The scripting language thought up by Jeffrey Snover and distributed by Microsoft with Windows would soon turn into a ubiquitous part of IT automation and scripting, replacing the aging VBScript as the scripting language of choice. … [Read more...]

How to Create an Azure File Share with PowerShell

One of the nice things about having a simple Windows file share on a local file server is that the support to transfer files to/from it is built into Windows. Since the share is created for SMB, you can map Windows drives to it, navigate to it’s UNC path and so on. When the Microsoft Azure and other cloud offerings first came around, storage options were greatly increased allowing you to store … [Read more...]

3 Awesome Uses for the Get-VMHostStatus PowerShell Function

PowerShell master Jeff Hicks dishes up 3 ways to use the same custom command that gets status details of your Hyper-V Hosts. Lots of code for you to try! Read the post here: 3 Awesome Uses for the Get-VMHostStatus PowerShell Function … [Read more...]

How to Set up Azure File Sync

Azure File Sync is a fairly new service that allows users to sync on-premises files to Azure Storage. Think of this service as DropBox for business. Now, we can simply drop files into a folder on an on-prem server and automatically upload those files to Azure! … [Read more...]

How to Validate Infrastructure Changes Using PowerShell Pester Tests

Changes can make infrastructure better or can bring it to its knees. Change management is a crucial part of managing infrastructure in an IT pro’s world. When you do make changes, are you sure you changed the right setting? Are you sure that change you made didn’t affect something else you’re unaware of? … [Read more...]

How to Build a Hyper-V Performance Monitoring Tool with PowerShell

PowerShell master Jeff Hicks wraps up Hyper-V performance counters by building monitoring tools using nothing but native PowerShell commands and scripts. Read the post here: How to Build a Hyper-V Performance Monitoring Tool with PowerShell … [Read more...]

Managing Active Directory Fine-Grained Password Policies with PowerShell

Before Windows Server 2008, Active Directory password policies were done with default domain group policy, and there could only be one policy for an entire Active Directory domain. This is very limiting if users would like to give different policies to different users, which is a fairly common task to do. … [Read more...]