Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast: Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit

Join us tonight at 9:30 PM as Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about how to Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit.   Related posts: Episode 254 – PowerScripting Podcast – Symon Perriman and Rick Claus from Microsoft on the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit Up Next: Steve Roberts from Amazon talking about the AWS Tools Up Next: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson talking PSSAT007 and his new book


Script for Setting Up and Demoing a DSC Pull Server

DSC Setup and Demo Scripts I recently set up a virtual machine to use for Desired State Configuration (DSC) demos. I wanted to make the demo-ing fairly brainless, as DSC requires a number of setup steps to get a pull server running. So I took some demo scripts Microsoft offered from TechEd 2013, updated them to work with Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM, and thought I’d offer them to you. SetupDSC.ps1 is the main script. Now, because I didn’t want to use good ol’ Start-Demo, there’s a who crapload of kinda ugly Write-Debug statements. That way I can get an […]


IndyPoSh – Desired State Configuration in Server 2012 R2

Location: Apparatus, 1401 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis Indiana 46202 | Speaker will be joining remotely via Video Conference. Description: Desired State Configuration (DSC) in Windows Server 2012 R2 PowerShell enables you to ensure the components of your data center have the correct configuration. DSC is a declarative model that leverages Cmdlets and your experience with PowerShell to enable autonomous, idempotent (repeatable) and transparent Deployment, Configuration, and Compliance of Windows resources. Learn how Desired State Configuration in PowerShell enables an IT Pro, Developer, or a fabric controller to define the exact configuration of target nodes (computers or devices) and prevent “configuration drift.” […]


Notes for Event 6

When I read the instructions for event 6, I thought that here’s a tough one. A lot of competitors won’t have access to a test environment with Windows Server 2012 and Virtual Machines that they can actually work with. So, I expected that many of the entries wouldn’t get tested and intended to forgive minor errors that would have shown up in testing. Well, there was one thing that really surprised me. The instructions were quite clear about minimizing “Are You Sure” queries to the user, but you can count on one hand the number of entries that included -Confirm:$false. This is just […]


Microsoft announces PowerShell v4, DSC

Yesterday at TechEd North America, Jeffrey Snover and Kenneth Hansen began describing features to be delivered with PowerShell v4 in Windows Server 2012 R2 (the company has not yet announced availability dates for either). In particular, a new feature called Desired State Configuration promises to become the foundation for some pretty serious expansion. Essentially, DSC lets administrators write a declarative “script” that describes what a computer should look like. PowerShell takes that, matches the declarative components with underlying modules, and ensures that the computer does, in fact, look like that. Nearly anything can be checked and controlled: roles, features, files, […]


Use the AD DS Module to Find Computers with PowerShell

Summary: The Scripting Wife learns about querying Active Directory Domain Services with Windows PowerShell in prep for the 2013 Scripting Games.
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well yesterday I gave my first presentation (of three) at the …


Windows Server Backup

Windows Server 2012 has a PowerShell enabled backup utility. When you enable the feature you get a module called WindowsServerBackup.  It has the cmldets you would expect for creating and managing backups. No surprise you may say as this was … Continue reading


TechDays San Francisco

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be presenting at TechDays San Francisco this year. The event runs May 2nd and 3rd. You can find the schedule here. Registration will be forthcoming. Seating will be limited so you won’t want to delay once it opens up. As you might expect I’ll be talking PowerShell, plus […]


Updatable Help speaks only English! What’s up with that?

Our customers have certainly not been shy about their interest in multiple languages of Windows PowerShell Updatable Help, and we’re grateful to hear how much they would value localized Help. Our challenge is this: Updatable Help is a new feature for t…


Updatable Help speaks only English! What’s up with that?

Our customers have certainly not been shy about their interest in multiple languages of Windows PowerShell Updatable Help, and we’re grateful to hear how much they would value localized Help. Our challenge is this: Updatable Help is a new feature for t…


Hands-on Workshop at the 2013 PowerShell Summit

In my last post I hinted about more news coming soon for the 2013 PowerShell Summit.  In addition to the fantastic list of sessions that attendees will be able to attend, we also have a special event lined up for the last day of the event.  On Wednesday, April 24th, for the entire afternoon attendees […]


Hands-on Workshop at the 2013 PowerShell Summit

In my last post I hinted about more news coming soon for the 2013 PowerShell Summit.  In addition to the fantastic list of sessions that attendees will be able to attend, we also have a special event lined up for the last day of the event.  On Wednesday, April 24th, for the entire afternoon attendees […]


Special PowerShell Team Workshop to be Held at PowerShell Summit N.A. 2013

To cap off the 2013 PowerShell Summit the PowerShell Team is going to host a half day Windows PowerShell scenario walkthrough. This is designed to not only familiarize folks with specific PowerShell features, but also to help the team see how you interact with these features. The event will take place on April 24 from 1pm – 5pm.  During this time we will collectively solve a problem from the ground up using many of the new features in Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Windows Server 2012. Starting from base Windows Server 2012 images, we will walk you through: Writing a PowerShell […]


Windows Management Framework 3.0 Available for Download

We hope that you’ve been enjoying all of the great new Windows PowerShell 3.0 features in Windows Server 2012. We wanted to make sure that everyone knows the final release of Windows Management Framework 3.0 is also available for download from th…


Windows Management Framework 3.0 Available for Download

We hope that you’ve been enjoying all of the great new Windows PowerShell 3.0 features in Windows Server 2012. We wanted to make sure that everyone knows the final release of Windows Management Framework 3.0 is also available for download from th…