TechNet Magazine: Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell: The Drop Box
Don Jones - July 2008
Don Jones discusses filtering functions, the pipeline, custom objects, and how ping-pong balls hold the secret to understanding Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell: Looking Good
Don Jones - June 2008
Discover how the object-oriented nature of Windows PowerShell allows you to apply formatting to its output.
Windows PowerShell: Automating Directory Management
Don Jones - May 2008
Version 1 of Windows PowerShell offers less than impressive Active Directory management capabilities. Find out how you can use add-ins to get more powerful ways to work with Active Directory objects from within Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell: Sign Here, Please
Don Jones - April 2008
An overview of signing your scripts for improved security.
Windows PowerShell: Progress Report
Don Jones - March 2008
For your users with attention span issues—and even those without—providing status feedback in your scripts is a good idea. Here's all you need to know to provide status in Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell: Shell Permissions
Don Jones - February 2008
Permissions in Windows are, unfortunately, innately complicated. But Windows PowerShell can help. Get a quick overview of how permissions in Windows work and find out how you can simplify the task of working with them.
Windows PowerShell: Heading Off Malicious Code
Don Jones - January 2008
When designing Windows PowerShell, a lot of thought was put into security. But, as with any software, Windows PowerShell can still be exposed to malicious code. Here are some recommendations for choosing an Execution Policy that will keep your systems more secure.
Windows PowerShell: Digging Deeper
Don Jones - December 2007
Windows PowerShell provides many features that often get overlooked. By taking a methodical approach to exploring Windows PowerShell cmdlets, you will unearth some powerful capabilities that you haven't yet noticed.
Windows PowerShell: Writing Regular Expressions
Don Jones - November 2007
With a well-written regular expression, a Windows PowerShell script can determine whether or not data conforms to a valid format. Get an overview of how you can use Regular Expressions in Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell: Working Without a Script
Don Jones - October 2007
Have you put off using Windows PowerShell because you don't have time to learn how to script. Don't worry. Here's a look at how you can start using Windows PowerShell immediately, without writing a lick of code.
Windows PowerShell: Securing the Shell
Don Jones - September 2007
When designing Windows PowerShell, Microsoft gave security a leading role. And it shows. Take a look at some of the key security features and settings, such as credential handling and execution policies, that ensure Windows PowerShell won’t fall game to the same problems that VBScript enabled.
Windows PowerShell: The Power of Filtering
Don Jones - August 2007
The pipeline isn't just for cmdlets. Take a look at how you can use the Windows PowerShell pipeline to add handy filtering capabilities to your scripts.
Windows PowerShell: Rethinking the Pipeline
Don Jones - July 2007
Don't mistake the pipeline in Windows PowerShell for the UNIX pipeline. The Windows PowerShell pipeline is responsible for far different and far more powerful functionality.
Windows PowerShell: Working with Active Directory
Don Jones - June 2007
Windows PowerShell doesn't provide a Get-ADSIObject cmdlet, but that doesn't prevent it from ogffering strong ADSI support. Get an introduction to type adapters and learn how you can use Windows PowerShell to work with directiory objects.
Windows PowerShell: The WMI Connection
Don Jones - May 2007
Windows Management Instrumentation is an incredibly useful technology for exposing system information. Find out how Windows PowerShell can make WMI infinitely easier to learn and use.
Windows PowerShell: Filtering and Formatting Data
Don Jones - April 2007
Windows PowerShell provides easy access to a wide range of data. In its raw state, however, this data isn’t ready for typical business purposes. Learn how to customize the data you gather by filtering, specifying properties, and applying formatting.
Windows PowerShell: The Power of Variables
Don Jones - March 2007
In Windows PowerShell, variables are mapped to underlying classes in the .NET Framework, providing more powerful capabilities than are possible in previous scripting languages. Explore the inner-workings of how these variables work, and learn how to use them.
Windows PowerShell: Scripting One Line at a Time
Don Jones - February 2007
Windows PowerShell: Windows PowerShell Constructs
Don Jones - January 2007
Windows PowerShell: Simple Commands. Powerful Administration
Don Jones - December 2006
Windows PowerShell is about to launch, offering Windows administrators the easiest and most flexible way to automate a wide variety of administrative tasks. Discover what you need to know to start performing administrative tasks more effectively using this powerful command-shell tool.