ICYMI: PowerShell Week of 16-November-2018

Topics include pie charts, flattening your modules, selecting unique items, the WindowsCompatibility module goes GA, and more...

Curated by Brett Bunker, Robin Dadswell, and Mark Roloff

Convert PowerShell output into a pie chart

by Graham Beer on November 9th

Piping information to CSVs and turning it into pretty tables or charts with Excel seems like a staple of admin work sometimes. Lucky for us, Graham has worked out a function for quickly creating pie charts from PowerShell data. Display them right away for a quick visualization or save them to file for use later, and if you dig into the function a little you might find a way to generate even more chart types.

Azure Blueprint

by Axel Anderson on November 11th

Blueprint is an interesting new tool in the world of Azure; it pretty much works to orchestrate policies, roles, ARM templates, and resource groups across multiple subscriptions. Axel's blog post gives a brief introduction to this service before jumping into a module that he wrote for applying a little automation around it.

Create custom reports using the updated Teams PowerShell module

by Steve Goodman on November 12th

Teams is soon replacing Skype for Business and it's PowerShell module is slowly coming into its own. A recent update added in a little extra functionality and Steve decided to explore that by showing us a handy script to assist with auditing Teams in a tenant.

PowerShell – Single PSM1 file versus multi-file modules

by Przemyslaw Klys on November 16th

Flattening your modules into a single file before deploying to the PowerShell Gallery seems to be trending a bit. Przemyslaw tested the idea on one of his modules that previously took 12 seconds to load. Now? Less than 1 second. To call that impressive would be putting it mildly.

Announcing General Availability of the Windows Compatibility Module 1.0.0

by Steve Lee on November 15th

After a lot of hard work, the WindowsCompatibility module is now GA! This bad boy (slaps module) will let PS Core access Windows PS modules via implicit remoting. If a lack of native support for your favorite modules in Core has been holding you back, give this a shot.

Reddit /r/PowerShell - Popular Weekly Post

Help with CSVs is a pretty common request, so this seems fitting. Want to know how to compare values from two columns? Look no further for a simple solution, plus some other tidbits on working with CSVs.

Youtube: 5 ways to select Unique items in PowerShell

Prateek Singh has put out a nice and short video to demonstrate 5 ways that you can select unique items in PowerShell. All of us learned at least one new technique from this, so hopefully you do too.

About Mark Roloff

Mark Roloff is a delivery engineer at Corus360 in Denver, CO, working with Azure, PowerShell, and whatever else falls in his lap. He enjoys a good craft brew, sci-fi, and solving interesting problems.