Mark Minasi

Mark
Minasi

Mark Minasi is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro, an MCSE, and the author of more than 30 books, including Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 (Sybex). He writes and speaks around the world about Windows networking.

Articles
Controlling Windows Firewall with PowerShell, Part 2
You might have shut off Windows Firewall because you don’t understand its intricacies. Bad idea.
Controlling Windows Firewall with PowerShell
One of the most important (and overlooked) parts of Windows Server setup is configuring Windows Firewall. Instead of (gasp!) just turning the silly thing off, learn how to configure it automatically.
Automated Server Setup in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Part 2 4
Here are three useful commands that maximize server power, enable Remote Desktop, and help you avoid a stale Sysvol.
Automated Server Setup in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Part 1
Mark has updated his server-automation toolkit for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, adding some essential PowerShell functionality.
Get to Know Hash Tables for PowerShell
Although hash tables have a bad name, they can be quite useful in your PowerShell endeavors. Here are the basics.
Making More Complex Decisions with PowerShell, Part 1
You already know a simple way to use PowerShell to tackle some tedious AD housekeeping. Here’s a more complex script, and an introduction to a very useful statement.
Make PowerShell Clever With Decision-Making
Building a complete DisplayName requires one more step, and it involves the user’s middle initial.
Cryptic PowerShell One-Liner to Clarified Script, Part 2
Mark finishes last month's discussion about converting useful but cryptic one-liners into something prettier. Here are some more tips, and another example.
Cryptic PowerShell One-Liner to Clarified Script, Part 1
We've been talking about PowerShell one-liners and how to simplify them. But merely requiring less typing isn't enough justification for making these script text files. Here are some more reasons why you'd want to do so.
From PowerShell One-Liner to Script
Rebuild your PowerShell one-liners into something more readable and more easily modified and improved by converting it into a PowerShell “script.”
Going Further with ForEach
For improved flexibility, make your PowerShell one-liners ForEach-friendly.
From One-Liner to ForEach One-Liner
Learn how to start combining the pipeline and ForEach to build some potent one-liner AD PowerShell comdlets.
Introducing the Pipeline and ForEach
ForEach lets you traverse items in a collection. Here's what's happening under the hood.
Where-Object and the Pipeline
As a warmup to a discussion about ForEach, Mark looks at the Powershell pipeline by way of a great tool named Where-Object.
Comments
Microsoft Fixes Bug That Dates Back to Windows 95
November 13, 2014

So THIS is how the Chinese have been hacking us for years. Now it's all clear. :-)

Automated Server Setup in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Part 2
November 11, 2014

Hi Muraty -- to your questions:
1) Remember, the DC was kinda old and had some iffy items in the log. If the automatic FSMO transfer goes wrong in DCPROMO, then, well...

Automated PowerShell Reports Delivered to Your Inbox
March 1, 2014

Tony, you're right on the reference to the text file but I'm afraid you're mistaken on the rest -- I tested this before writing the column. You do indeed schedule powershell....

Managing Printers Gets Easier in Windows 8
August 29, 2013

Thanks, Keith, I actually tried that but didn't have any luck. I know about the dism command -- I've covered it in past columns -- and so did not mention it, as my goal was...

Bye-Bye Diskpart: PowerShell Is Moving In!
June 18, 2013

Hmmm... I must just be lucky, I seem to have gotten the fast and easily-deciphered version of PowerShell. Seriously... first of all, you'll probably soon find that you'll...

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