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  • Blog Post: I want to learn PowerShell. Where are the sample scripts?

    “Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples. That’s how I learn best.” You’re in luck! The PowerShell Script Explorer Release Candidate was just, um.. released. Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: Wield the POWER of the SHELL with PowerShell Script Snippets. (Part 11 of 31)

    Today in our " 31 Days of our Favorite Things ", my friend and colleague Matt Hester has posted an article about a little-known improvement in the newest version of PowerShell : Script Snippets “PowerShell Script Snippets? It’s fun to say. But I’ve never heard of these before. What...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Chuck Norris and PowerShell Scripting

    I received this question at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis a few months ago… Can Chuck Norris write PowerShell scripts? Naturally. And only he can run his PowerShell scripts under MS-DOS 6.1 . It’s a little know fact that, after codename “Monad”, rather than...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

    Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Configuring PowerShell for Windows Azure

    So, you’ve got your Windows Azure subscription all set up (and if you don’t you can set up a FREE TRIAL HERE ), and now you want to use PowerShell to work with your Windows Azure-based resources. In case you weren’t aware, Microsoft provides a Windows Azure PowerShell module for scripted management of...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

    Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription , suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: How to Cheaply Backup Virtual Machines (So many questions. So little time. Part 14.)

    At our Kansas City TechNet Event several weeks ago, Chris H. asked: “How do I backup VMs without using Data Protection Manager or Virtual Machine Manager ?” You don’t,  It can’t be done.  You must buy our products.  Resistance is futile. “Oh c’mon.. get serious, Kevin.” Sorry.  Okay...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Auto-Balance your Workloads

    Automated server workload balancing for heterogeneous private clouds. “Wow.  That’s a mouthful.” And it’s also a pretty useful set of functionality. Consider VMware ’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  Those capabilities (available with the vSphere...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

    UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live. Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning;...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 and the shell of POWER! (Part 3 of 31)

    In today’s installment of our " 31 Days of our Favorite Things " in Windows Server 2012 , Matt Hester summarizes the key benefits, plus a couple of really slick improvements available with PowerShell in its newest form. He specifically focuses on just a couple of his favorites: PowerShell History...
  • Blog Post: Our Serieses

    What is the plural of Series? (And how is it pronounced?) Well.. that’s not so important. What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months. You’ve seen many articles, and many links to...
  • Blog Post: Powerful PowerShell Resources (So many questions. So little time. Part 27)

    Thanks for the request, Howard.  Here are some good ones:  Site: Scripting with PowerShell – videos, guides, wiki articles.. a great starting point. Site: PowerShell.com – “The Community for PowerShell People” Book: Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 – co...