David Aiken

Management, Building Manageable Applications, Design for Operations, WMI, DSI, MMC, VSMMD and of course Windows Powershell

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  • Blog Post: How much do you love PowerShell?

    Here is someone who possibly loves Windows PowerShell more than I do. Check out http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=MWWzrp3xkYY . THIS POSTING IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES, AND CONFERS NO RIGHTS SO THERE
  • Blog Post: Cooking with powerShell

    Oh My! I just received a copy of Lee Holmes Windows PowerShell Cookbook. The book is 429 pages of juicy mouth-watering recipes for anything from how to write loops, to accessing remote registry access. There are then 90 pages of reference including Regular expressions and WMI. A great book. I suggest...
  • Blog Post: Windows Powershell and Windows Mobile SDK?

    Had the pleasure of demonstrating the Windows Mobile part of DinnerNow to a Windows Mobile PM. During the demo, I loaded up Visual Studio 2008, and started the emulator ready for the mobile app. It turns out you don't need to launch VS to start the emulator, in fact you can do it using the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Windows PowerShell Part 3 - The Revenge of the MMC

    I've just posted the final screencast on hosting Windows PowerShell to Channel 9 . In the final part, I show how you can build an administration GUI using MMC, which calls into PowerShell Cmdlets. In the video, I show Get-Service and Stop-Service - but they could have easily been your own Cmdlets. ...
  • Blog Post: More Hosting PowerShell on Channel9

    I've just posted the 2nd of 3 screeencasts to channel 9 on hosting Windows PowerShell . This time I show you how to get at the typed base objects returned from an invoke, then how to create a custom host to allow full GUI interaction. Reminder, you can find the code to all 3 parts in the previous blog...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Windows PowerShell Sample Code

    Having posted the first of three screencasts to channel 9 on Hosting Windows PowerShell, I thought i would make the code available. (attached) Enjoy THIS POSTING IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES, AND CONFERS NO RIGHTS
  • Blog Post: Building Administration User Interfaces

    Do you build GUI's for your application administrators? Do you provide a consistent familiar interface? Do you provide scripting capabilities? Sometimes I get mistaken for the Windows PowerShell evangelist. Whilst that is fun, its not my whole story. This is (well its at least more of it...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell and Microsoft Management Console 3.0 Quick Start Labs

    I'm pleased to announce the Hands On Labs that were used in the Windows PowerShell and MMC Confernce in April are now available for download at http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/b/0/9b0238c3-f191-42ed-9cdb-9212995cbe72/PSMMCLabs.msi The labs are available in both C# and VB.NET! THIS POSTING...
  • Blog Post: Hanselman, Snover, Corillian, PowerShell, Channel 9

    Jeffrey and Scott talk again about how Corillian has been infested by PowerShell, and how they use it to do some pretty amazing stuff, including a remote runspace! I love the way they can put together a fully working system from a base machine with OS, PS and the remote runspace with just 2 cmdlets....
  • Blog Post: Top 5 PowerShell Questions at TechEd

    Ben Pearce, the guy on the PowerShell booth at TechEd this week, has blogged the answers to the top 5 questions on his blog . Also check out the screencasts and interviews on channel 9 . THIS POSTING IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES, AND CONFERS NO RIGHTS
  • Blog Post: Love for the VSMMD @ TechEd

    For me, TechEd 07 is almost over - I've finished my speaking duties, now its just networking, hanging out at the TLC and attending some sessions. (and catching up with emails). Some good news appeared in my mailbox this morning, after our session DEV 311, which you can see a recording of here . Scott...
  • Blog Post: /n software. Netcmdlets and a PowerShell Sticker

    Thanks to our friends at N Software - I now have a nice shiney PowerShell sticker on my laptop. N Software have a cool product for Powershell called NetCmdlets - which gives you cool cmdlets such as get-rss, get-http, read-zip. There is a free trial and they are working on some cool remoting features...
  • Blog Post: Scripting XML Configuration Files

    Those .NET XML Configuration files, you know the ones - web.config - app.config - thingy.exe.config - well i've never been happy with them. First, XML is not very forgiving, miss a bracket or slash and your application does terrible things. Second, when your application is in production, administrators...
  • Blog Post: Finding airports with PowerShell and Local.Live

    So a few weeks back i came across this puzzle in an internal discussion list. There is a comma separated text file at AirportsGDM.txt containing all the airports and the codes, along with the Lang and Long Co-ordinates. The puzzle was to see how few lines of code you needed to write a program that would...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell in the Longhorn Server box

    I know, i know. It was announced 2 days ago at MMS Windows PowerShell will be in the box on Longhorn Server . (I sometimes do things that have nothing to do with Powershell). Rejoice and be merry. THIS POSTING IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES, AND CONFERS NO RIGHTS
  • Blog Post: Compress Files with Windows PowerShell then package a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget

    Somedays I feel like the Windows PowerShell Evangelist. Anyway, Johnny Halife and I were working on a script that would package up the files for a windows sidebar gadget as a post build event. Turns out you can do this with Windows PowerShell (surprise, surprise). Once we got this working, I thought...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Windows PowerShell CmdLet using the Visual Studio Windows PowerShell Templates

    1st grab the Visual Studio Templates from http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=256835 . There are VB.NET and C# ones. (yes i did say VB.NET) Now thats downloading i'm going to walk through building, installing and running a Windows PowerShell CmdLet. The steps are simple: Download and install...
  • Blog Post: What have you got on Your Box?

    Do you know what software you have installed on your box? We've been working over the last few months on a completely awesome demo called DinnerNow.NET . The Demo showcases many newly released Microsoft technologies including Cardspace, WCF, WF and Windows PowerShell. One problem we constantly faced...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell met CAPICOM

    Part of what I do at Microsoft is build demos. The latest demo our team is working on, DinnerNow.NET, makes use of several certificates for cardspace, which need to be installed in the certificate store. Furthermore the NETWORKSERVICE account needs to have read permission to the private key. This is...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a Visual Studio 2005 Environment for Windows PowerShell

    In an attempt to live inside the Windows Powershell shell as much as possible, i figured i would need a way to use powershell to do .NET Framework command line things such as "InstallUtil" and "MSBuild". After very little digging, it was clear i needed to create a Windows PowerShell profile and update...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Launches

    Windows PowerShell launched today in a keynote at IT Forum conference in Barcelona, Spain. Windows PowerShell is the new command shell and scripting language that will make administration and automation much easier and faster. If you have not tried Windows Powershell yet, why not? You can get the...
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