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.

Using PowerShell Object Methods
Why is time-and-date math syntax so weird in PowerShell? The answer will help you unlock the value of many of the earliest PowerShell 1.0 cmdlets!
Controlling System Restore with PowerShell
Scripting updates, app installs, or device driver installs? Create a System Restore point beforehand so you can easily roll back, should anything go wrong. And do it all with a few PowerShell cmdlets!
More Fine-Tuned Firewall Rules
This article rounds out our coverage of Windows Firewall with two more tools to let you refine your firewall rules: ICMP support and IP address ranges.
Hand-Crafted Firewall Rules with PowerShell
The Windows Firewall we've had since 2008 gives us the power of IPSec but is a bit simpler to set up. With PowerShell, it gets even easier (and automate-able).
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 2
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.”
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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