Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast: Matt Wrock talks about BoxStarter!

  Tonight we’re excited to be chatting with Matt Wrock, author of the Boxstarter project. It’s described on the website as: Repeatable, reboot resilient windows environment installations made easy using Chocolatey packages. When its time to repave either bare metal or virtualized instances, locally or on a remote machine, Boxstarter can automate both trivial and highly complex installations. Compatible with all WindowsContinue Reading »

Community Brainstorming: PowerShell Security versus malicious code

A couple weeks ago, some malicious PowerShell code was discovered in the wild, dubbed the “Power Worm” in the Trend Micro article that originally publicised the malware. Matt Graeber has done a great analysis of the code on his blog. In the comments for that blog post, we started discussing some options for locking downContinue Reading »

Episode 265 – PowerScripting Podcast – Narayanan Lakshmanan from the PowerShell Team on DSC

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell. Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Narayanan Lakshmanan from the PowerShell team about DSC News The PowerShell Portland User Group is meeting April 15th The Greater Milwaukee Script Club is meeting on April 15th The Tampa PowerShell User Group is meeting on AprilContinue Reading »

Massive Update to All Seven Free eBooks at

We’ve just finished a massive re-do of all 7 free ebooks. First, they’re now hosted in a public OneDrive folder. This means you can quickly and easily view them online, download a DOCX, or download a PDF. Anytime, anywhere. Second, we’ve had folks go through and make the formatting more consistent, using a moreContinue Reading »

ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER: PowerShell Summit N.A. 2014 & Precon

This is a reminder that registration for PowerShell Summit North America, and the Sunday pre-con with Don Jones, will end on April 14th. After that, we will accept registrations on a space-available basis, with payment on-site by credit card or check only (must be a US card of check), with a $50 service fee applying. So, youContinue Reading »

PhillyPoSH 04/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials

Ashley McGlone gave a presentation entitled “Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process”. During his talked Ashley broke down the script creation process by starting with a task and working through the cmdlet discovery process to build a repeatable task into a script. A copy of his presentation materials are available on his blog We then had aContinue Reading »

Episode 264 – PowerScripting Podcast – Eric Williams and Jeff Foster on the Cisco UCS PowerTool

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell. Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Eric Williams and Jeff Foster about the Cisco UCS PowerTool News The Windows Management Framework V5 Preview is out! You still have until April 14th to register for the PowerShell Summit Chicago PowerShell User Group Interview GuestContinue Reading »

Thread Synchronization (lock statement) in PowerShell

While reading today’s “Hey, Scripting Guy!” blog post by Boe Prox, I learned that it is possible to have multiple threads / runspaces accessing the same live objects in a PowerShell session, something I had previously thought was not possible. Seeing that, I decided to write a “lock” statement for PowerShell, which can be necessaryContinue Reading »

Scheduled Site Downtime

Due to Microsoft Azure maintenance, we are expecting to be offline on April 11th from approximately 3:00pm Pacific time. The downtime should last between six and eight hours. During that time, the site may be intermittently or entirely unavailable. Thank you for your understanding. Related posts: Scheduled site downtime Scheduled Maintenance May 17-18Continue Reading »

UCS Power Scripting Contest – Unleash the Power of Cisco UCS

Cisco UCS servers (both managed by UCS Manager and standalone rackmount servers) can be managed with PowerShell scripts. Cisco is running a contest looking for the best PowerShell scripts that manage, automate, monitor, and perform tasks like inventory gathering about UCS Servers and other connected infrastucture, like hypervisors, applications, and operating systems. The Cisco UCSContinue Reading »

Tonight, Nana from the PowerShell team talks DSC and more!

Tonight, we’re pleased to have Narayanan (Nana) Lakshmanan, Senior Development Lead from the PowerShell team at Microsoft on the show! One of our big areas to cover is going to be DSC, and what Microsoft has been doing with the out-of-band releases of DSC resources with the DSC Resource Kit, which is now up toContinue Reading »

Charlotte 4/3/2014 Meeting – Using PowerShell in Websites

The monthly Charlotte PowerShell Users Group meeting will be held tomorrow, April 3rd at 6PM EDT. The meeting is held at the Microsoft Charlotte Office (8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC). This looks to be an awesome meeting with guest speaker Jason Walker. Jason will demonstrate running PowerShell scripts in a cool and novel way –Continue Reading »

Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014

Remember that Summit registration ENDS in just about 10 days. If you’re already registered, here’s some incredibly important information you need to know. First, be sure you’re visiting for full event details. Things may change leading up to the event, and we’re not sending out emails every time.  Most specifically, make sure you’re checking, because anyContinue Reading »

Episode 263 – PowerScripting Podcast – Bala Narasimhan from PernixData on FVP and PowerShell

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell. Listen: In This Episode Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Bala Narasimhan from PernixData about FVP News New MVPs! Teresa Wilson @ScriptingWife Jakub Jareš @nohwnd Trever Sullivan @pcgeek86 Dave Wyatt @MSH_Dave @guitarrapc_tech The PowerShell team as dropped DSC Resource Kit Wave 3! Charlotte PowerShell User’s groupContinue Reading »