Adding a Graphical Front End to your PowerShell Scripts

Even if you know PowerShell inside and out, there will be those times where you won't be the end user for your script, even within your organisation. You need a straightforward GUI. Thankfully, Jonathan Medd has provided workthoughs for three tools - PowerGUI, PrimalForms, and SQL Scripts Manager - to help apply some GUI goodness to your scripts.… Read more

An Introduction to PowerShell Modules

For PowerShell to provide specialised scripting, especially for administering server technologies, it can have the range of Cmdlets available to it extended by means of Snapins. With version 2 there is an easier and better method of extending PowerShell: the Module. These can be distributed with the application to be administered, and a wide range of Cmdlets are now available to the PowerShell user. PowerShell has grown up.… Read more

10 Steps to Kick-Start Your VMware Automation with PowerCLI

Virtualization is a powerful technology, but it comes with its own host of monotonous and time-consuming tasks, no matter how big or small your organization is. Eliminating these mind-numbing tasks (and the potential for error which they bring with them) is a goal with striving for, and well within your reach. Jonathan Medd explains.… Read more

Using VMware vCenter Update Manager to keep your vSphere Hosts Up-To-Date with Patching

The chore of patching operating systems and applications is taking an increasing proportion of the time of a system administrator, so it is a a relief that at least VMware is keen to make the task easier. VMware provide a tool in vCenter Update Manager to assist in keeping VMware up to date. Jonathan Medd explains all.… Read more

Active Directory Management with PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 R2

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One of the first things you notice with Windows Server 2008 R2 is that PowerShell 2.0 has become central to the admin function There is a powerful Active Directory module for Powershell that contains a provider and cmdlets that are designed to allow you to manage Active Directory from the command line. Now, you can also use versions for previous versions of Windows Server.… Read more
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The Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2

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It has always been a curse as well as a blessing that Active Directory has allowed the rapid removal of whole branches. Until now, administrators have looked in vain for an 'undo' function after having accidentally deleted an entire division of their company. At last, with Windows Server 2008 R2, comes a way to rollback changes, as long as you are handy with Powershell. Jonathan Medd explains...… Read more
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