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Another Look at PowerShell Core Version Information

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:45:43 +0000

As PowerShell Core begins to spread into our world, and as we start thinking about working and scripting cross-platform, it will be useful to know what type of platform you are running on. The built in $PSVersionTable is an obvious place to start. On PowerShell Core there are also some new built-in variables you can […](image)



Email Reminders for PowerShell Tasks

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:34:49 +0000

I’ve published a new version of the myTasks module to the PowerShell Gallery and its GitHub repository. The big change is that the current version has a feature to send you a daily email with tasks that are due in the next three days. I’ve added a command called Enable-EmailReminder that will create a scheduled […](image)



A PowerShell DNS Suffix Tool

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:49:40 +0000

The other day my good friend Greg Shields asked for a little assistance with a PowerShell problem. He was trying to use PowerShell to set the primary DNS suffix for a computer. This  is different than the DNS suffix you can set on a network adapter configuration. Instead, he was looking at the dialog box […](image)



Extending PowerShell DateTime Objects

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:43:07 +0000

I’ve been experimenting more with my PSTypeExtensionTools module, finding more objects to enhance.  You can check out the project on Github and install the module from the PowerShell Gallery. My current fun has been with the DateTime object – specifically converting a value into another culture.  Apparently those of us in North America don’t know […](image)



New PowerShell Projects Published

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:20:37 +0000

Last week I published a few of the recent PowerShell modules I’ve been working on to the PowerShell Gallery. These projects had been in a beta phase while I worked out some last minute features. I was also waiting to see if there were any issues reported by you that I might need to address. […](image)



A PowerShell Input Tool

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:11:24 +0000

In PowerShell, the primary means to get interactive input from a user is with the Read-Host cmdlet. There’s nothing wrong with it but sometimes if you are using it in a graphical tool like the PowerShell ISE or VS Code you may not realize you are being prompted. Or perhaps you are building some other […](image)



A PowerShell Countdown Timer

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:56:46 +0000

The other day, during one of the monthly #PSTweetChat sessions, I exchanged some tweets with Joshua King. We got on the topic of countdown timers and he shared some code he uses for his YouTube channel. The command creates a progress bar and counts down, displaying some humorous messages along the way. There’s absolutely nothing […](image)



Friday Fun: A Long Time Ago in a PowerShell Universe Far, Far Away

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:56:17 +0000

With the upcoming release of the next Star Wars movie, I thought I would revisit my PowerShell script that generates your Star Wars universe name. Sure, it is contrived and completely impractical, but I’m betting you are curious nonetheless. My previous version as a simple script with hard coded values which meant you had to […](image)



Who is Running Your PowerShell Script?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:12:03 +0000

I’ve often talked about the benefit of including Verbose output in your PowerShell scripts and functions from the very beginning. This is especially helpful when someone else is running your command but encounters a problem. You can have them start a transcript, run your command with –Verbose, close the transcript and send it to you. […](image)



A PowerShell Module for your Type Extensions

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:02:32 +0000

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you’ve read about my fun with PowerShell type extensions. This technique lets you make PowerShell give you the information you want without a lot of work on your part. Well, there is some work but you only have to do it once. To make it even easier, I […](image)