Windows Server 8 Marks Shift Towards GUI-Less Future

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 03, 2011 7

Microsoft has alerted Windows Server developers and administrators that the platform's future will be one in which the traditional GUI applications will no longer be supported. The Server Core installation option, originally debuting in Windows Server 2008, will become the preferred installation option for Windows Server 8.

Use SOAP to Remotely Manage Windows Machines

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 02, 2009

Windows Remote Management, part of the larger Windows Management Framework, offers a standards-based way to remotely manage computers running Windows XP or later. Also known as WinRM, is based on several important standards and technologies.

Simple Build Automation with psake

by Abel Avram on  Oct 15, 2009

psake is a build automation tool integrated with PowerShell (PS). Version 2.01 works with PowerShell 2.0. Ayende Rahien is using it to build Rhino Tools.

Introducing PowerShell 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 12, 2009 2

PowerShell 2 has been in the works for a long time with the first technical preview dating back nearly two years. Here is a small taste of the numerous features they have added since then.

Presentation: Behind the Scenes at

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2009 5

In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talked about administering thousands of web servers from a system’s architect viewpoint. He mostly detailed the performance counter monitoring used by MySpace, the system profiler and the system administration site demoing the tools for the audience to see how it works.

Interview: Dan Farino About MySpace’s Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2008 5

In this interview taken by InfoQ’s Ryan Slobojan, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talks about the system architecture and the challenges faced when building a very large online community. Because MySpace is built almost entirely on the .NET Framework, Dan explains how a .NET product scales on hundreds of servers.

PowerShell for IIS

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2008

The push for making Windows configurable from the command line continues with the IIS 7 PowerShell Provider.

Using Windows PowerShell from VBScript, JScript

by Abel Avram on  Jul 29, 2008

Sapien Technologies has made available ActiveX PowerShell (ActiveXPosh), a free scripting tool which allows calling the Windows PowerShell from any COM compatible scripting language like VBScript or JScript. ActiveXPosh is useful to enhance existing scripts to make use of the PowerShell functionality.

ASP.NET Programming Using Windows PowerShell

by Abel Avram on  Jul 22, 2008 1

In an attempt to fill in an existing gap, NSoftware has made available a power shell toy, named PowerShellASP, which allows ASP.NET programmers to access the functionality of Windows PowerShell from inside ASP pages.

PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Posted on CodePlex

by Abel Avram on  Jul 10, 2008

James O'Neill from Microsoft has posted the PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Beta 0.9 on CodePlex. The library currently contains 66 functions used to manage the virtual machines running in Hyper-V.

Gallio .NET Test Automation Platform

by Al Tenhundfeld on  Jul 01, 2008

Gallio is an automation platform targeting .NET test frameworks. Instead of each test framework creating its own toolset, including an automation API and test runner, Gallio seeks to provide a neutral, extensible platform with tools and automation services that can be leveraged by any test framework.

Manipulate Office Documents from the Command Line

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 24, 2008

PowerTools for Open XML is a PowerShell extension that makes it easy to create and manipulate MS Office documents from the command line.

SQL Server PowerShell Extensions

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 19, 2008

PowerShell is quite possibly going to be the most important language for Windows administrators over the next few years. This is all the more evident when you look at the extensive PowerShell support being added to Microsoft server products such as SQL Server.

IBM Adds PowerShell Support for WebSphere MQ

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 17, 2007

PowerShell is starting to gain acceptance with major players. IBM has announced that WebSphere MQ can now be managed using PowerShell. WebSphere objects such as Channels, Listeners, Queues, and Services can be created, examined, and modified from the command line. IBM's WMQ blog has posted a series on how to perform these actions.

PowerShell Scripting Added to SQL Server 2008

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 20, 2007 1

Francois Ajenstat has recently announced that SQL Server is the next to pick up PowerShell scripting in the next CTP.

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