Episode 30 – TechEd Report

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

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We have a ton of stuff for you today.  Our interview is with Thorbjörn Sjövold from Special Operations Software.  Also on tap: news (yes we have some today), resources, tips and even a gotcha.

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Gotcha

  • This is from a longtime Citrix expert Brian Madden (brianmadden.com).  The article is from April, but I just came across it the other day.  The key part of the article is this quote:  "a student in our 5-day Citrix Master class in Ausralia a few weeks ago told of doing the "right" thing. He said that he had taken the time to learn PowerShell and rewrote all of his VBS Citrix login scripts in PowerShell. The result? Login times went from about 2.5 seconds to over 15 seconds per user!"
    • What's the lesson here?  Don't use PowerShell for login scripts? I would say it is a non-issue for single-user workstations, but may be something to consider for your Citrix or Termainl Server app servers.  Hopefully we'll see this improve for V2.
    • There's some amusing commentary on the article, you may want to check that out.

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    About the Author

    Jonathan Walz

    Since March 2007, Jonathan Walz has been the co-host and technical brains for the PowerScripting Podcast. Conceived as a radio show for the PowerShell community, the podcast is the longest-lived PowerShell show in existence, and has featured dozens of weekly guests.