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
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.”
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.
Comments
Get Hex Dumps of Files in PowerShell
November 14, 2015

You probably know this, but PoSH 5.0 includes format-hex. Examples:

Format-Hex -path myfile.txt
Get-content myfile.txt | format-hex
$myresult | format-hex...

Getting Started with REST and PowerShell
October 15, 2015

You're right, Dimitrios, I mistyped that!

Reasons Why Windows 10 Might be Downloading on Domain-Joined Computers
August 19, 2015

This is really interesting, as I meet all four criteria that Rod set out -- great sleuthing, by the way! -- and did not get an invite.

That said, in the end analysis...

Harvesting the Web with PowerShell and Invoke-WebRequest
July 15, 2015

Hi Andrew -- great question, not sure I have an answer. :-( I'm guessing that SourceForge does that to block "bots," which is honestly something that every site has to worry...

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. :-)

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