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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...
13 Jan 2009
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
15 Jan 2010
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...
7 Jun 2007
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
11 Mar 2011
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...
21 Apr 2011
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...
18 Mar 2011
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...
26 Sep 2008
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
2 Nov 2010
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
22 Mar 2010
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
25 Jun 2010
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...
5 Feb 2009
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...
26 Nov 2008
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...
26 Oct 2010
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...
9 Dec 2008
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...
20 Nov 2008
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...
14 Jul 2008
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...
1 Nov 2007
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
30 Apr 2010
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
7 May 2010
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
26 May 2010
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
19 Oct 2010
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...
22 Aug 2008
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
12 May 2010
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...
12 Oct 2007
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...
22 Oct 2008
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