5 Reasons SharePoint MinRoles Rock

2017-06-13T13:36:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

If you’ve spent any time on SharePoint you’ll find the server roles and footprint can be quite confusing. I’m a big fan of MinRole v2 in SharePoint 2016 (latest CU or FP2). The new options are even better than what we got at the release of SharePoint 2016, but if [...]

PowerShell Tips: Casting Your Data Types

2015-06-15T09:00:39+00:00 June 15th, 2015|

I recently wrote a blog about importing data from a CSV file to use in PowerShell scripting. I added a little note at the bottom of that blog noting that each item’s value that is imported from a CSV file will be a string data type. Well, what if the [...]

Why the Command Line Interface is Still Relevant Today

2015-05-20T08:30:21+00:00 May 20th, 2015|

Most Administrators Still Prefer Command Line Interface over Graphical User Interface  While faster processors, more RAM, smart phones, and the advent of touch screens has spawned a world of touchable, flashy and graphically stylized GUIs, we often forget that the root of computing is based in text. Pretty pictures are nice, [...]

PowerShell Tips: Working with CSV Files

2015-03-04T08:22:20+00:00 March 4th, 2015|

PowerShell and Your Data Made Easy There comes a time in every Administrator’s life that requires performing some action, multiple times, with some form of data. For example, maybe you have an exported list of user records from Active Directory that need to be imported into another system. Or maybe you have a [...]

How to Build & Test Your Next Web Project with PowerShell

2015-02-06T08:45:34+00:00 February 6th, 2015|

…Umm, how do I work on this project again? I’ve worked on many different software projects. Typically I handle them through the course of my job, but there’s been times where I’ve dug into some existing open source projects. Getting your head around a new project can be daunting. There’s always volumes of [...]

Integrate your PowerShell Scripts with SCOrch

2014-07-02T08:30:32+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|

Understanding SCOrch Runbooks and PowerShell If you’re not familiar with “SCOrch”, it stands for System Center Orchestrator. Orchestrator serves the role as the “automater” in Microsoft’s System Center suite, and it’s used to create “Runbooks” which are basically workflows that are used to complete a series of tasks. […]

PowerShell Tip: Empty SharePoint Site Collection Recycle Bin

2014-05-29T08:30:29+00:00 May 29th, 2014|

Saving time, once again, with PowerShell Have you ever ended up with a very large number of items in your SharePoint Site Collection recycle bin? Sometimes, certain projects that involve migrations or large changes can fill up your bin with all of the items that didn’t make it to the [...]

When SharePoint GUI Fails, Let PowerShell Be Your Guide

2014-05-27T09:44:51+00:00 May 27th, 2014|

During my time of providing SharePoint support, I’ve experienced a number of issues that required PowerShell to resolve. These were situations that for one reason or another, the user was unable to resolve the issue through the Graphic User Interface (GUI). That is, without performing some form of restore from [...]

RDP to Your Server Through PowerShell

2013-12-13T09:30:29+00:00 December 13th, 2013|

And never have to remember random server names again… In the course of maintaining our web apps, I occasionally find I need to remote into one or more of our servers. Since I’m typically already on a PowerShell command line it just makes sense that I’d want to fire up my RDP [...]