PowerShell with a Purpose Blog

Aug 21, 2011
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Meet the Community: Places to Get PowerShell Answers

A roundup of the most popular online forums and Q&A sites that cater to PowerShell...More
Aug 17, 2011
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Meet the Community: The Quest Guys

Two blogs from members of Quest's PowerGUI team provide more tips and knowledge than a bucketful of Snover....More
Aug 15, 2011
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A History of Microsoft's Scripting Guys, Part 2

Ed Wilson spent five years as a member of Microsoft's Premier organization, delivering workshops on scripting. He traveled all over the world, wrote books, and generally spread the good word of scripting and automation. His first year was mainly VBScript, then WMI, then advanced VBScript. In year four he focused on PowerShell, and moved on to advanced PowerShell. He was working on a PowerShell Best Practices book when he got the call....More
Aug 14, 2011
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Meet the Community: Free PowerShell Videos

Here's a roundup of short PowerShell tutorial videos - all free - that you can use to supplement your summer viewing pleasure....More
Aug 12, 2011
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Meet the Community: More Blogs You Shouldn't Miss

Here are some blogs that, while I don't read them daily, I still visit once a month or so to catch up on the cool things people figure out with PowerShell...More
Aug 11, 2011
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A History of Microsoft's Scripting Guys, Part 1

If you're a Windows admin engaged in any kind of scripting, odds are you've been to the TechNet Script Center and met The Scripting Guys. Originally an informal effort within Microsoft, the Scripting Guys have become… well, legends isn't an inaccurate term. But who are they, and where did they come from?...More
Aug 10, 2011
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Meet the Community: The PowerShell Team Blog

Here's where you get the Official Word on all things PowerShell - and killer examples and techniques, to boot!...More
Aug 3, 2011
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My 12 PowerShell Best Practices

Here are my top 12 practices to always follow when you're using PowerShell....More
Jul 28, 2011
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What To Do / Not to Do in PowerShell: Part 12 1

Here's the CORRECT way to output information from a PowerShell script or function....More
Jul 26, 2011
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What To Do / Not to Do in PowerShell: Part 11

It can be tempting to modify the global scope to store things like configuration variables. Please do so with great caution....More
Jul 21, 2011
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What To Do / Not to Do in PowerShell: Part 10 1

Here's why it's important to give your scripts and functions the same kinds of names as a native cmdlet....More
Jul 19, 2011
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What To Do / Not to Do in PowerShell: Part 9 4

Let's clear up some of the confusion over code-signing in Windows PowerShell....More
Jul 15, 2011
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Guest Article: I just wanna go home, so I use PowerShell Remoting! 2

As an IT Admin or Engineer in a large enterprise, every second counts. As good ol' Ben Franklin once said “a penny saved, is a penny earned”. I’m all about saving time at every opportunity so I can spend that time with my family, or the more serious business of playing games with PowerShell....More
Jul 14, 2011
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What To Do / Not to Do in PowerShell: Part 8

Using source control helps do more than just protect your scripts; it helps them get taken more seriously....More
Jul 12, 2011
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Stop Running Get-Help. Seriously.

Running Get-Help is pretty common, and it's something I see students do in class all the time. After bashing them in the head with the whole "verb-noun" cmdlet naming thing for a few hours, it's easy to understand why you'd want to run Get-Help. Please don't....More
Jul 11, 2011
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PowerShell's Common Parameters

Have you ever noticed the in PowerShell's help files? They're on every cmdlet - and here's what the key ones do....More
Jul 8, 2011
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Guest Column: Dude, Where's my Profile?

So, you've finally got your PowerShell profile setup the way you want it, and you've probably added a number of custom functions, variables, and aliases to it. You've figured out that you can also use a profile to automatically load modules and snap-ins, and having all of this done for you every time you start the shell has proven to be a real time saver....More
Jul 6, 2011
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Inbox: Expanding Properties in PowerShell

I received a great question via e-mail about accessing the contents of a property. I'd used Select-Object -expand property in an example the reader had seen, but he wondered why another way wouldn't work. Here's why....More
Jul 5, 2011
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Asking Script Users for a Choice

How to use PowerShell's built-in prompting system to ask users for a decision....More
Jun 29, 2011
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Cool Trick if You Use Sequential Server Names 1

The range operator in PowerShell can be the key to some really cool tricks....More
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