PowerShell for Admins

  • DevOps: A Career Changer

    Once upon a time, there was this woman at a TechMentor conference a few years ago, sitting in the front of the room during the “Don and Jason” show, a not-quite-scripted discussion on various “lightning” topics.  The topic at that moment was DevOps, and this woman was asking for advice on being an advocate for […]

  • PowerShell Gotchas

    You can certainly find a number of articles around that present PowerShell pitfalls that can easily trip you up if you are not careful. I took a different approach in my three-part series, A Plethora of PowerShell Pitfalls. The first two parts are presented in quiz format, together covering the top 10 “gotchas”. They will […]

  • The Flavors of Windows Containers

    I had a wonderful conversation with some team members around Windows Containers generally, and they had some very cool analogies that I don't think have been publicized enough. There's some good technical detail, too, which I think is worth understanding as we move into this brave new world of containerization.

  • PowerShell Conference Europe 2017 Call For Speakers

    Guys and Gals, do you want to have the opportunity to speak at one of the biggest PowerShell conferences in the world? Now you have it! Read my post here for the details and to sign up. Hurry up, because we will close the registration for speakers at the end of November. Also our site […]

  • Pitfalls of the Pipeline

    Pipelining is an important concept in PowerShell. Though the idea did not originate with PowerShell (you can find it used decades earlier in Unix, for example), PowerShell does provide the unique advantage of being able to pipeline not just text, but first-class .NET objects. Pipelining has several advantages: It helps to conserve memory resources. Say […]

  • No "Easy" Button for Configuration Management

    A discussion in one of my Slack channels caught my eye today around someone’s reflections in a github repo regarding DSC. The posted comment that introduced the link was titled “DSC from a newbie perspective”, and I thought “Oh? I’m a newbie too, I wonder if we’re thinking the same things.” A little history is […]

  • DSC ConfigurationData Blocks in a World of Cattle

    As you may know, Jeffrey Snover and I have, for some time, been on a “servers are cattle, not pets” kick. Meaning, servers shouldn’t be special, individualized snowflakes. They should be, in many regards, appliances. One dies, you eat it and make another. They don’t have names – that you know of. They don’t have […]

  • PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2017 Preview

    As a quick reminder, our Call for Topics is still open for a few more days! Summ. Summit is very much intended to be a kind of mega-user group, not a “conference,” so don’t assume all the “professional” speakers have taken up all the speaking slots. We want you to participate! In the meantime, while we’re […]