PowerShell

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 [...]

Understanding AutoSPInstaller: What you need to know

2013-09-27T08:40:20+00:00 September 27th, 2013|

What is AutoSPInstaller? AutoSPInstaller is an open source set of PowerShell scripts that installs and performs a base configuration of SharePoint Server 2010 or 2013.  These scripts were originally authored by Brian Lalancette and Andrew Woodward as well as other community contributors.  It configures a single or multi-server SharePoint farm [...]