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  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine February 2009 Is Now Available Online

    The February 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Discover how you can use Excel and SharePoint to provide Business Intelligence in your organization, learn about logging and recovery in SQL Server and learn how to maintain a better database, see how you can automate the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Use Windows PowerShell to Monitor System Performance

    A new feature in Windows 7 is the ability to use Windows PowerShell to gather performance data. Learn how to use the three new cmdlets that make this possible. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Don Jones @ TechEd

    We're very excited that so many of the best sessions from TechEd this year are showing up over at Virtual TechEd . I'm sure you all know Don Jones from his Windows PowerShell column in TechNet Magazine . Well, Don has had one of the most popular sessions here at TechEd this week, and you can watch...
  • Blog Post: Video: Use Batch Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

    Batch Cmdlets: Forget loops. Don Jones steps you through the easier and preferred way to work with multiple items in Windows PowerShell . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Video: Splatting in Windows PowerShell 2.0

    In Windows PowerShell 2.0, splatting refers to a way in which you can bundle parameters to send to a command. Don Jones wrote about this in the March 2011 issue of TechNet Magazine . In this companion video, he steps you through Splatting in Windows PowerShell 2.0 . And while you're there, become...
  • Blog Post: Video: Configure More Sophisticated Formatting in Windows PowerShell

    Get an overview of how the formatting system works in Windows PowerShell and learn how you can manipulate its formatting settings for more sophisticated, customized output . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Follow our...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: The Power of Profiles

    Have you ever wished Windows PowerShell would launch with a work environment tailored to your specific needs? This is actually pretty easy to do. In the latest issue of TechNet Magazine , which is available online, Don Jones demonstrates how you can use profiles to customize the Windows PowerShell shell...
  • Blog Post: Remote Active Directory Administration with Windows PowerShell

    Get an overview of how to start administering Active Directory from a remote system using Windows PowerShell and Active Directory Administrative Center. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Install the PowerShell Graphical Environment on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 offers a handy graphical scripting environment, but it isn’t installed by default. Here’s how you can install the graphical environment on Windows Server 2008 R2. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Manage Active Directory with Administrative Center and Windows PowerShell

    Here’s an overview of how to get started using Active Directory Administrative Center and Windows PowerShell to manage Active Directory in your organization. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Browsing Active Directory

    "Where can I get the Active Directory Browser?" This may be the number one quest ion we hear—and we’ve never even see the Active Directory Browser! Does it exist? Did it ever exist? This installment attempts to clear up the confusion and, in doing so, the Scripting Guy creates a Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Build a Better Inventory Tool

    In the previous installment of the Windows PowerShell column ( Windows PowerShell: Building Your Own Software Inventory Tool ), Don Jones demonstrated a Windows PowerShell-based inventory tool. Continuing on with that discussion in the December 2008 installment (which is now available online), Don Jones...
  • Blog Post: Start Using Cmdlets to Manage Active Directory

    The Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell contains 90 cmdlets that can save you a lot of time and avoid tedious work. Here’s a short primer to help you start using cmdlets to manage Active Directory . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine January 2009 Issue Available Online

    The January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Learn about Identity Lifecycle Manager 2, delve into Group Policy Preferences, get an overview of advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with Extended Events, discover a handy free utility for managing USB flash drives, and more. FEATURE...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Calculating Server Uptime

    Up is up and down is down, right? Maybe so, but sometimes the two are not as separate as you’d think. That’s definitely the case when it comes to server uptime: if you want to report on server uptime, you need to be able to calculate server downtime. The Microsoft Scripting Guys present   a Windows...
  • Blog Post: August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. FEATURE ARTICLES Far too often, people who are not trained database administrators end up responsible for managing one or more databases. In the latest issue of TechNet Magazine , Paul Randal offers a crash course for all those involuntary...
  • Blog Post: Writing regular expressions with Windows PowerShell

    While we intuitively recognize character patterns within a string like IP addresses, dates, UNC paths, and zip codes, computers have to work a bit harder in order to "understand" complicated formats like these. That's where regular expressions come into play. In the November issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Use a Type Constraint in Windows PowerShell

    Learn how to use a type constraint to ensure a function receives the correct type of data. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Customize the Windows PowerShell Console

    Windows PowerShell allows you to customize a number of properties. Here’s a look at how to change the console to work how you want it to . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Enable and Use Remote Commands in Windows PowerShell

    Find out how to configure systems to support remoting so you can start managing systems remotely with Windows PowerShell . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: How to use Windows PowerShell to Manage SQL Server

    Get an overview of how you can use Windows PowerShell to manage SQL Server 2008 and learn the basic syntax you’ll need to know. Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: String Theory

    Don Jones has been known to proclaim that "If you're parsing a string in Windows PowerShell, you're doing something wrong." Unfortunately, you sometimes have no choice but to work with strings. The good news is that w hile Windows PowerShell is an object oriented tool, it is also able to parse...
  • Blog Post: Create a Transcript of What You Do in Windows PowerShell

    Learn how to record everything you do at the Windows PowerShell prompt . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Working without a Script

    Are you waiting to learn Windows PowerShell because you just don't have time to learn scripting right now? You may be surprised to learn that you can do some truly amazing things using Windows PowerShell without writing a lick of code. In the October 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, Don Jones demonstrates...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Building Your Own Software Inventory Tool

    In the November 2008 installment of our Windows PowerShell column (which is available online ), Don Jones demonstrates how to create a tool that will inventory the operating system build number (this is one of the best ways to determine the OS version) and service pack version number from a list of computers...