To master PowerShell, you must know how to use XML. XML is an essential data interchange format because it remains the most reliable way of ensuring that an object's data is preserved. Fortunately, PowerShell makes it all easy, as Michael Sorens demonstrates.… Read more
One of the frustrations of anyone beginning with PowerShell is the simple task of getting data in and out. To help out with this, Michael Sorens begins a series that shows you how to import data from most of the common file formats and sources. He also shows how to export data in a range of formats.… Read more
For the busy administrator of a windows domain, any regular task or housekeeping process should be automated, and the Cmdlets that are now provided with Active Directory have improved to the point that there is no serious contender to PowerShell for the task. Joseph Moody shows how to do it, with examples.… Read more
PowerShell provides comment-based help for functions and scripts with Get-Help, but when you want to document modules or generate a complete indexed API in HTML format, just as you can with Sandcastle for .NET or javadoc for Java, then stronger magic is required. Michael Sorens shows you how it is done, with source code.… Read more
Active Directory has more uses than it is usually credited with. The 'Active Directory Users and Computers' console can even be extended with whatever PowerShell tasks you need to make routine administrative tasks easier. … Read more
A combination of PowerShell and HTML can provide the basis of an easily-scanned report on the basic state of a whole group of servers. Sean combined a range of routine health-checks to provide himself a useful range of information about his servers to his in-box.
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Sean Duffy recently had an unwelcome encounter with Exchange Server Back Pressure, which cut off his message flow due to a lack of space on the server. To make sure it didn't happen again, he found a way to automatically monitor all his servers from afar, with a little PowerShell magic.… Read more
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
Running Profiler traces against multiple servers becomes a painful process when it's time to collate and filter all that data. It would be time-consuming, frustrating and messy if Laerte hadn't written this handy PowerShell script (complete with examples) to help you out.… Read more
Eager to quell misinformation, Jonathan Medd points why PowerShell 2.0 is so much more than just super-charged SSH. He describes some new commands with full remoting functionality, and then explains persistent sessions, and how they give you that much sought-after power: administration automation.… Read more
PowerShell makes a lot of sense as a means of gathering information, and automating large sections of your administration tasks. It is not just for the latest version of Exchange, though. Powershell can be used on previous versions too. Jonathan Medd gets you started! … Read more
The use of PowerShell with Exchange Server 2007 can do a great deal to ease the task of managing mailbox quotas. You can, for example, use scripts to customize quota messages, retrieve mailbox sizes, and set the quotas. Ben shows you how, in the 2nd installment of his Top Tips for SysAdmins.… Read more
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