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  • Blog Post: PowerShell Cmdlets on Bing Visual Search

    Bing now has a Visual Search for PowerShell cmdelts! On the left there are Refiners used to narrow down your selection by Category, Verb, Noun, and other groupings.  After clicking on a cmdlet, you get a details “help” pane on the right with example usage and the top web results (typically TechNet...
  • Blog Post: List all CustomActions in the Farm

    Here’s a great little script that I used to list out all of the Custom Actions available in a farm.  What’s great about the script is that it returns the CustomActions in XML so you can vary the output.  My favorite is using the Out-GridView cmdlet in Windows PowerShell 2.0. From there can...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Claims-Based Auth with ADFS v2

    I have a really cool 2010 lab environment at home and one of the things I wanted to do was to make sure I was able to demo SharePoint 2010 ‘s claims-based authentication capabilities, especially using ADFS v2. I was amazed at how straight forward the process was.  Just a few lines of PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Backup Documents in SharePoint Using PowerShell

    I use SharePoint in my lab at home and recently started organizing all of my personal documents in there as well. The one thing that always concerns me is the safety of those files living in a lab environment on a Beta/RC product. So, to ease my nerves, I wrote this simple little script which runs through...
  • Blog Post: Automated SharePoint 2010 Install with PowerShell

    In one of my previous posts , I walked through how to provision a SharePoint farm using PowerShell. You can also install SharePoint from a CD using PowerShell as well. I use this in my lab at home so I don’t have to attend the installs when I am rebuilding my virtual machines. <Update: Product Keys>...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Provisioning A New Farm with PowerShell

    < Update 2010.02.23 Re-ordered provisioning steps to fit with supported test cases> NEW! Looking for a simplified process for working with SharePoint and PowerShell? Check out: SPModule . <Update 2009.11.20 Initialize-SPResourceSecurity and Install-SPApplicationContent> This post will...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell 2.0 Released!

    Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, has been officially released today.  This down-level release is now supported for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Free PowerShell eBook

    For those wishing to get started on PowerShell, here is an excellent free eBook by Dr. Tobias Weltner, PowerShell MVP. http://powershell.com/Mastering-PowerShell.pdf
  • Blog Post: Extending .NET Objects in PowerShell

    One of the great features in PowerShell 2.0 is the ability to extend .NET object types to add additional custom properties and methods.  For instance, the type System.String does not have a property called IsANumber that returns whether or not the string is a number.  Typically, you would have...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Cmdlets in SharePoint 2010

    You may have already heard that SharePoint 2010 will ship with a PowerShell provider that contains over 500 cmdlets for you to administer SharePoint. The killer though, is that these commandlets can be executed remotely with PowerShell 2.0 WinRM.  Awesome!  Don’t worry about STSADM, it will...
  • Blog Post: Twin Cities SharePoint Camp v3

    Here’s a great (FREE) opportunity to attend a day-long workshop completely dedicated to SharePoint.  Come learn from developers, IT Pros, consultants, and local companies who have implemented SharePoint and have a story to share. I will be presenting again this year on one of my favorite topics...
  • Blog Post: Packing up My Documents: A PowerShell Story

    I am frequently asked by colleagues and customers for a dump of all of my SharePoint content (presentations, white papers, etc.)  While I continue to add files like these to my hard drive in various different locations, it has started to take me a while to aggregate them all forward.  It dawned...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Shortcuts

    I’m all about shortcuts when it comes to development and there’s no exception for PowerShell. Browsing around this morning, I found two useful shortcuts that I didn’t know existed. F7  “History” -  Pressing the F7 key will show a dialog window in PowerShell with a list of commands from your...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Administration with PowerShell

    Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at Boston’s SharePoint Saturday .  I met some great people, enjoyed some EXCELLENT food, and talked A LOT of SharePoint. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a link to the slide deck from my session: SharePoint Administration with PowerShell View more...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint + PowerShell Memory Leak

    It’s very important that anyone working with SharePoint object model be concerned with the appropriate management of memory.  Most developers are aware of the need to dispose objects properly, but we some times get sloppy when it comes to things like PowerShell. Zach Rosenfield just posted a very...
  • Blog Post: Filter SharePoint Event Log Entries

    I’ve posted this under my 101 Uses for PowerShell , but I thought it was so helpful that it deserved it’s own post. The script below uses PowerShell to get a collection of event entries from the “Application” Event Log.  It passes a wildcard filter for any source like  ‘*sharepoint*’ and returns...
  • Blog Post: 101 Uses for PowerShell

    I’ve had a request to consolidate all of my little script examples into a single blog post. While I’m not starting out with all 101 examples, I will continually update this post with scripts ideas and examples. Enjoy. Active Directory Using Quest’s FREE PowerShell Commands For Active Directory (free...
  • Blog Post: A look into PowerShell 2.0 CTP3 Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)

    I’ve been using PowerShell 1.0 for many things SharePoint lately… including a community project with a collection of useful functions and scripts.  (Community Project:  PowerShell Pack for SharePoint can be found here ).  PowerShell provides a lot of great value.  However, scripting...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Using PowerShell to Support SharePoint

    Podcast on basic techniques of using PowerShell to support your SharePoint environment: To download the video above, right-click and choose Save Target As: Using PowerShell to Support SharePoint
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Features Exposed

    I've been in some rather deep discussions on Enterprise features, so I thought I would share some findings on what they are, where they are, and what they do. First, there are three different Enterprise features that can be enabled within a farm. They are: -Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Web application...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint PowerShell Power Pack

    Using PowerShell to support SharePoint has saved me quite a bit of time. I can do just about everything I would do in .NET, only without firing up Visual Studio just to check a property of a SPWeb object. I have compiled a collection of PowerShell functions and methods that I commonly use. It's in...
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