Yearly Archive: 2011

A workflow is a sequence of automated steps or activities that execute tasks on or retrieve data from one or more managed nodes (computers or devices). These activities can include individual commands or scripts. Windows PowerShell Workflow enables, IT pros and developers alike, to author sequences of multi-computer management activities — that are either long-running, […]

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So I’m sitting here building a bunch of virtual machines using PowerCLI. I decided to start with a spreadsheet into which I’ve collected many of the important things about a virtual machine: Since I don’t actually build VMs every day, and I haven’t focused on a build process (like I should, I know!) yet, this […]

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Run, don’t walk to vmware.com/go/powercli to grab the latest version of the world’s best PowerShell snapin. That’s right, v5 is out and you can grab it now! And the coolest part is that while nobody will have vSphere 5 in production on day one (ok, there’s a couple of you out there), PowerCLI v5 is […]

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The Atlanta VMUG is gearing up for its huge annual event at the Georgia World Congress Center this October 24th! You can register for the one-day event at myvmug.org. They have not yet posted the agenda, but one thing that I know they will be have there is me talking about PowerCLI. I haven’t yet […]

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Been using this for work email for over a week and I still really like it. Has a couple minor bugs, is missing a few features that I had in Touchdown. But overall, it is really very good. It is much better than the stock Android Exchange client, that is clear. It does folder management […]

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Here’s a quick bit of code to change the color of PowerShell ISE’s output pane to match the colors used in the powershell.exe console: $psise.Options.OutputPaneBackgroundColor = "#012456" $psise.Options.OutputPaneTextBackgroundColor = "#012456" $psise.Options.OutputPaneForegroundColor = "#eeedf0" You can paste these lines into the editor pane and click the run botton to see how it looks. If you like […]

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Just wanted to vent a bit of frustration with System Center Operations Manager this morning. As you can see from the task manager shot below, SCOM (showing its Microsoft Operations Manager roots with the process name) likes to eat memory. I left it running over the weekend on my work PC. Bad idea. P.S. Mom, […]

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If you have a server that needs to have the same Windows Server features and roles as another system, here’s an easy way to quickly get that done using PowerShell. I did this logged into each server locally, but you could easily use PowerShell remoting to do the same thing. Step 1: Run PowerShell with […]

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I was only able to attend one full day of the show, but it was a pretty productive day for me. I gave a “birds of a feather” session to a packed room on Tuesday that was really well received. That was followed up with meeting with folks from Train Signal, Sapien, Cisco, amd several […]

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I’m not speaking this year, but I was really impressed when I spoke at TM Orlando a couple of years ago. You should check it out, and here’s a discount! You’re not too late for TechMentor Orlando (http://www.techmentorevents.com/orlando2011), March 14 – 18, 2011 at Disney’s Yacht Club. TechMentor is offering you the best discount so […]

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