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Episode 188- PowerShell MVP Brandon Shell on the Deep Dive, Splunk and Server-Based Computing


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Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Brandon Shell about the PowerShell Deep Dive, Splunk, and server-based computing!

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Guest: Brandon Shell

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Here’s a screenshot from Brandon’s PowerShell Deep Drive Splunk project:

The Question – Favorite Sci-Fi Movie: The Avengers

Chatroom Banter

ScriptingWife: Brandons music is better

Up Next Brandon Shell to talk about Splunk


Brandon Shell (@bsonposh) is our guest this week to talk about Splunk, the PowerShell Deep Dive, and Server-Based Computing.

Please join us WEDNESDAY May 30th(our summer schedule is Wednesday not Thursday) at 9:30 pm EDT (GMT -4) at our new live chat location live.powerscripting.net!

Up Next: Brandon Shell talks about Splunk


This week our guest will be Brandon Shell to tell us about Splunk and their PowerShell Resource Kit. Please join us Thursday November 3rd at 9:30 pm EDT at our new live chat location live.powerscripting.net!

Episode 156 – Brandon Shell on The Cloud, Bunnies and VDI


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Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Brandon Shell about PowerShell, The Cloud and VDI.

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Buzz from the Chatroom:
[22:00] <spidermon> When you talk about VDI not needing to be highly available, how do you quantify the amount of time / productivity lost if ‘something happens’?
Questions:

First PC – TRS-80

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Up Next: Brandon Shell


Tonight we will have our good friend of the show and Powershell MVP Brandon Shell with us. Please join us at 9:30 pm EDT at our new and permanent live chat location which is live.powerscripting.net!

As always, the show is best when we have a lively chat room with you guys asking lots of questions. Come help us kick the tires on the new chat system!

Episode 92 – The BSonPosh Module with MVP Brandon Shell


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Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast we talk to Brandon Shell about virtualization, VDI, and his new BSonPoshPowerShell module.

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Questions

  • AaronHoover: How does management with Hyper-V compare to that with VMware?
  • jeffculb: ##memory overcomit does ok in vmware… vCPU density is the killer
  • aerodevil: ##does hyperv thin provision?
  • glnsize: ##have you used PCoIP
  • sepeck: ## did I miss the difference between this and the activeroles cmdlets or Microsofts R2 release?
  • aerodevil: ##get-RebootTime. What does that provide specifically.
  • jtruman0917: ## so would this also push toward Mobile PoSH

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Tonight’s guest: Brandon Shell


We are continuing what is looking like a series where we dig into PowerShell modules. This time, Brandon Shell, PowerShell MVP and blogger at bsonposh.com, joins us once more to talk about his BSonPosh module.

If you’re near a computer at 9:30pm EST, join the live stream where you can chat with other listeners and contribute questions as we interview Brandon.

Episode 63 – PowerShell MVP Brandon Shell


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Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast we talk to Brandon Shell about Active Directory support in PowerShell V2

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  • EBGreen on the PowerShellCommunity is trying to get a St. Louis Script Club together. If you are in his neck of the woods, get in touch!
  • PowerShell UG meeting on Mar26th
  • Congrats to Jeffrey Snover: Distinguished Engineer !
  • SDM Software has released version 1.3 of the GPMC cmdlets. Free download!
  • You can influence the PowerShell Cookbook V2
  • PowerShell in Action MEAP news:
    • “As with the first edition, the plan for this book is to be a definitive “details” book which means that it will continue to be a bit much for an “absolute beginner” but someone with scripting/programming experience should be fine. (Let me know if I’m getting it wrong.) And again, I will try to include the rationale behind why things are the way they are. I find that this type of elaboration really helps me become comfortable with a topic. Hopefully readers find it likewise helpful.

      As to what I’m covering, I expect to do a *lot* on modules as they have turned out to be rather more complex then I’d really like. Remoting is also an area that I expect to cover in depth (though I think our docs should be pretty good in this area as the writers got reasonable lead time on this stuff.) I’m also thinking it might be useful to cover some more advanced programmer-oriented topics like constrained runspaces and the new hosting APIs. I’ll cover the new WMI stuff, the BITS cmdlets and WSMAN cmdlets and provider which are part of the core OS. What I don’t plan to cover (at least not deeply) are a lot of the new server features that use PowerShell simply because each of these features (AD, IIS, the new Exchange stuff, etc.) will require a book on their own.”

       

       

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  • glnsize : ## what do you think of the move to web services vs the traditional ADSI
  • rfoust: ## how flexible are the new cmdlets?
  • rfoust : ## think we will ever see true dynamic groups in AD? (i dont mean the fake app dynamic groups thing)
  • glnsize : ##do the official cmdlets fill the gaps that quest left out… forest fismo stuff?
  • cerobins : ## Is there a way to force AD replication? A quick look in the current stuff and coming AD cmdlets didn’t tell me anything
  • rfoust : ## will quest cmdlets become irrelevant?
  • glnsize : ## will the new cmdlets work with 2k3?
  • rfoust : ## are the cmdlets just for querying/setting AD stuff, or is dcdiag, etc being rewritten?
  • aleksandar : ## what are the requirements for MS AD cmdlets?
  • rfoust : ## will the ad cmdlets run on 2003/xp?
  • glnsize : ## in yuor opinion is this exchange or IIS (you know what i mean)
  • rfoust : ## so you can’t override defaults by setting something somewhere
  • rfoust : ## expected performance of these cmdlets vs. old utilities?
  • rfoust : ## i guess these cmdlets will work on DC’s back to 2000? (hopefully nobody is still running 2000…but…)
  • mkline : ## 5 years down the road, where do you see those that havne’t embraced powershell
  • rfoust : ## cmdlets will work cross-forest?
  • mkline : ## hopefully not OT, is the powershell university course from Sapien any good?
  • cerobins : http://blogs.msdn.com/adpowershell/archive/2009/02/25/ad-powershell-quick-start-guide.aspx
  • mkline : good quick video over at TechNet Edge on recychle bin http://edge.technet.com/Media/Active-Directory-Recycle-Bin 
  • rfoust : ## are ad cmdlets transactional?

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Tips 

One-Liner

  • On StackOverflow there’s a one-liner to list all COM objects on a system. This was sent in by Steve Murawski from Mind of Root.

 

 

Episode 37 – Brandon is back


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Today on the PowerScripting Podcast we will be speaking with Brandon Shell, PowerShell MVP and all around nice guy.  We also have plenty of news, tips, and resources to cover.  And be sure to listen till the end to hear how to win  free commercial licenses for /n Software’s Net cmdlets!

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Quest Software is sponsoring a PowerShell Scripting contest where you can test your skills and get paid. Just create some cool PowerShell scripts using Quest’s PowerGUI and then post them to our site. You’ll get a score and our celebrity judges will weigh in as well.

Do you have the muscle to bring home the prize? Check out the details here.

  • PrimalScript 2007 Enterprise Edition now comes with PowerShell 101 class-on-disc -if you already own a valid key you can get it by ordering a replacement CD
  • Congratulation to PrimalScript for winning two awards: Redmond Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award (4th year running) for best scripting tool and Windows ITPro Editor’s Best Award (silver) for scripting tools
  • Cool new PoshBoard video (this time in English or French) which shows datagrid tools in PoshBoard
  • SQL Server 2008 has been released.  You can download a 180-day trial now or if you have MSDN you can get the full version that way.

Interview

This segment is brought to you by iTripoli!“Admin Script Editor (which recently received Windows IT Pro’s top award) provides a true integrated scripting environment for PowerShell.  The guys at iTripoli haven’t done a great job getting the word out about Admin Script Editor so to make up for it they are offering a 50% competitive discount.  Go to adminscripteditor.com to find out if you qualify.”

Some of the topics covered:

 

  • Performance considerations with regards to Foreach vs. Foreach-Object
  • Performance considerations of ADSI v. S.DS.P
  • When NOT to use one-liners
  • Custom Objects – don’t make 380,000 of them
  • .NET Reflector
  • Citrix stuff incl. their Provisioning Server, Xen Server

Resources

  • We found a couple of cool PowerGUI Power Packs we wanted to highlight which people have submitted for Quest’s contest.
    • Advanced file management PowerPack – Includes cool features like: browse folders seeing their total size, total volume of files by owner, largest files, temporary files, old files, compressed files
    • PowerShell Disk Defragmenter – This additional action for the “volumes” power pack will spawn defrag for you.
  • Be sure to check out blog.sapien.com if you have not seen it before. Jeffrey Hicks and Alex Reidel from SAPIEN Technologies must have been upping their caffiene intake lately because the blog posts have been coming fast and furious lately.  Lots of good stuff on the site.
  • Ying Li brings us a PowerShell script to schedule a task
  • Here’s an Exchange tip and a story from a guy who took a co-worker’s 220-line VBscript as an opportunity to, as he says, “flex the powershell”.

 

Tips

  • Hal’s blog post: Access TSclient Mapped Drives with PowerShell
  • Marco Shaw sends us this tip he found recently on the Technet Forums.  Try “ii .” sometime.  This is an alias to Invoke-Item cmdlet.  Simply giving it a single period as a parameter and hitting enter will open Windows Explorer to your current working directory. 

Contest

We have two copies of Netcmdlets to give away this week.  Prizes will be awarded on Episode 38.  All you have to do to win is be one of the first two people to send in a script that uses the Netcmdlets OR a PowerShellASP page.  You can use their “hobbyist” license to get the job done.  And don’t send in a little single statement one-liner–give us a few lines of code at least.  :)  All entries become the property of the PowerScripting Podcast, some rights reserved, do not taunt happy fun ball.  (Just kidding, we’ll publish all entries on the website.  But seriously–don’t taunt happy fun ball.)

Episode 35 – Community Roundtable #2


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We have a great show lined up for you today.  We’ll be talking with Brandon Shell (PowerShell MVP) and Steve Murawski (Mind of Root podcast co-host) in a roundtable discussion.  And of course we have news, tips, resources, and more!

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Roundtable

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Quest Software is sponsoring a PowerShell Scripting contest where you can test your skills and get paid. Just create some cool PowerShell scripts using Quest’s PowerGUI and then post them to our site. You’ll get a score and our celebrity judges will weigh in as well.

Do you have the muscle to bring home the prize? Check out the details here.

We are speaking tonight to to Brandon Shell from bsonposh.com and Steve Murawski from Mind of Root podcast.

Here are a few notes from the panel discussion:

  1. “How to help the IT firefighter learn a new scripting language”
    1. how to make time?
    2. WMI classes
      1. win32_operatingsystem
      2. win32_computersystem
      3. win32_process
      4. win32_services
    3. AD
    4. training classes
  2. Covering too much V2?  <sepeck> well, more thaqt there is this whole world of people who still are just discovering that there are basics to cover.
  3. XML?
  4. Polymon

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Episode 12 – Our first guest, Brandon Shell


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Introduction

  • Jam-packed show today! We ran so long, we had to skip the cmdlet-of-the-week segment!
  • We have a Special Guest, and in fact our first guest, Brandon Shell, an MVP in Automation and author of the BSonPosh blog.

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  • CTP!
  • Citrix “Gets it”
    • As pointed out by Dmitry and others, “From a management standpoint, Citrix is getting high on PowerShell and intend to rewrite the APIs to make everything available from Powershell scripting.
  • Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting #2
    • Time: December 4th, 2007 at 12PM (noon) EST (New York time)
    • Registration site:http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=122431
      Event Code: 122431
    • Guests: Don Jones (MVP), Dmitry Sotnikov (MVP), Oisin Grehan and Jeffrey Snover (Microsoft)

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Tips

  • More VMWare scripting: Invoke-VmCommand.ps1from Brandon
    • List VMs and processes, execute arbitrary commands.
  • Talk about Switch -regex and Brandon’s perfect exampleof a useful custom object
    • Why write a wrapper for this existing utility? (hbainfo)
    • Using Switch -regex to process text
  • Marcus asks (and he blogged about it),
    • “How can I fix formatting on a free-form street address field stored in my AD? Can posh help with an output where … for example, address is split into multiple lines? Like this:
      “400 crap rd,
      suite 150″
    • Ended up using calculated properties to get the results into a table easily:
      $a | format-table displayname,samaccountname, @{
      Label =”Street Address” ; Expression = {
      $_.streetaddress -replace”`n”,” ” } }

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