Episode 37 - Brandon is back

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In This Episode

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!

News

Today's interview is brought to you by Quest.

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate script warrior? Find out with Quest’s PowerPack Challenge ’08.

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.
  • 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.)

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.