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    Behind PowerShell Installer (for Windows XP / Windows Server 2003):

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    The information here relates to Windows PowerShell 1.0 installer on downlevel platforms (XP SP2, W2K3 SP1 and above). The job of installers is to create an environment on a user’s machine, so that the underlying software works seamlessly on the machine...
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    2 + 2 equals "Monday Evening"

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    I wanted to follow up on Jeffrey's post and one of the comments. It has to do with this example: PS> [int]1/2 0.5 The reason that we get a double rather than an int is because of precedence. The conversion has a higher precedence than the division...
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    Two plus two equals "Monday" ?

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    In PowerShell, two plus two does not always equal four. Why? Because there are twos and there are twos. Let me explain. PowerShell does a ton of work on your behalf so you can think about what you want to do and not how to do it. Think about the...
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    Windows PowerShell for Testers

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    The PowerShell team is very much into unit testing so, when I ran into this blog by Adam Geras today, I found it very interesting. All its entries are on using PowerShell for testing. I especially liked this entry on using PowerShell and Excel for data...
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    "PowerShell ... is there anything it CAN'T do?"

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    This weekend my wife was searching for some stuff and came across the following photo on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/windbag/167080724/ Apparently someone had taken a photo of the one of the slides during my TechEd talk. I just loved the...
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    Yet Another Freakishly PowerFul PowerShell One-liner

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    MOW has done it again. Check out http://thepowershellguy.com/blogs/posh/archive/2007/01/06/it-is-to-me.aspx for another one of MOW's freakishly powerful PowerShell one-liners. It is so powerful and pithy that makes my head spin. Enjoy! Jeffrey...
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    Cliff Notes of ConvertTo-Html & Other Language Blogs

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    I just saw a PowerShell blog entry on spaces ( http://hung-yuwu.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!744FB258BF8C8020!1291.entry ) but it was in a language I don't read (I think it was Japanese)*. I thought I would check it out for yucks and was delighted to realizes...
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    Hyphens in Command Names

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    In my previous blog entry , I talked about how Michael Fisher had blogged his intial impressions about PowerShell . One of the things that Michael did not like was the hyphenated command names. A discussion about the Pros/Cons of hyphens isn't actionable...
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    Blog Your Initial PowerShell Experiences

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    Michael Fisher has just started using PowerShell and is blogging his impressions. You can see them at http://fastdad.wordpress.com/2007/01/05/windows-powershell-10/ . 10,000 thanks Michael! I can't tell you how valuable we find it when people do this...
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    Cliff Notes for PowerShell Functions

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    A PowerShell User (BS) has started a new blog with a very nice,pithy set of examples showing the range of capabilities of PowerShell Functions. Think of this as the Cliff Notes for PowerShell Functions. Check it out at: http://mybsinfo.blogspot.com/2007...
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    More PowerShell Training Available

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    Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks (co-authors of the Windows PowerShell: TFM book) will be offering PowerShell Training in the following cities: Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL Dallas, TX Las Vegas, NV Omaha, NE Philadelphia, PA Toronto, ON...
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    On Scripting Languages

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    There is an interesting blog entry On Scripting Languages over an the AdminSpotting site . One statement was so absolutely spot-on that I plan on stealing it and using it often, "What the Programmers call 'Dynamic Languages', the Admins call 'Scripting...
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    The Admin Development Model and Send-Snippet

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    One of the things that motivated us to develop PowerShell was the belief that we (Microsoft) had been doing a poor job supporting the Admin Development Model. All the effort seemed to have gone into treating Admins as GUI-only users or as though they...
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    Sad State of Blogging Software

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    The state of blogging software is pretty sad. I must be a harder problem than I can imagine (of course there are other explainations but I'll be gracious and go with that one for now.) I started a entry, got distracted and posted another blog entry...
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    DIY: Ternary operator

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    <Changed DYI => DIY. jps> At Microsoft, "to ship is to choose". One of the things we were very disappointed in not being able to ship in V1.0 is a ternary operator . Here is a description of a ternary operator from Wikipedia: Many programming...
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    Use Copy-Property to Make it Easier to Write, Read,and Review Scripts

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    <Updated script on 1/1/2007 to reflect fixes suggested by James Manning> Dennis Verwiej is doing some great PowerShell work over at his blog Just PowerShell It at http://dverweij.spaces.live.com/ . Recently he posted a blog entry Import Citrix...
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    Documenting TRAP and THROW

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    We pride ourselves about being a bit overboard when it comes to Error handling. That is why our sparse (non-existing?) documentation of THROW and TRAP handling is both ironic and sad. 10,000 apologizes for that, we'll fix it in the next release. In...
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    Mandelbrot One-liner

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    WaiKin Wong sent me a Mandelbrot one-liner: $i=$j=$r=$x=$y=[float]-16; while(($y++) -lt 15) {for($x=0; ($x++) -lt 84; write-host (" .:-;!/>`)|&IH%*#"[$k -band 15]) -nonewline){$i=$k=$r=[float]0;do{$j=$r*$r-$i*$i-2+$x/25;$i=2*$r*$i+$y/10;$r=...
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    Editing your Profile file

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    $hay has a new scripting blog at http://scriptolog.blogspot.com/ . His first blog entry Restart your engine - The PowerShell Way , talks about how he frequently edits his PowerShell profile file and then restarts his session. In his directions he says...
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    PowerShell Essentials Package

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    A number of people have asked me about PowerShell IDEs and about how to get started with PowerShell. Here is something to consider - Sapien is offering a special price on a package of components focused on PowerShell. The package includes Tools (PrimalScript...
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    Resolve to blog your automation

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    In response to my entry Philosophy of Automation , Tim Long blogged a response where he advanced the idea that people should make a New Year's Resolution to start a blog (if you have already). That is a great idea. I would follow on and further encourage...
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    Send-SignatureToClipBoard

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    In my previous blog about the Philosophy of Automation , I encouraged everyone to share their automation even when it was small. Here I'll follow that advice. I find myself doing quite a bit of blogging and commenting on other people's blogs. I am...
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    Philosophy of Automation

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    In my previous post about Boolean Values And Operators I made the following point: " PowerShell has a rich notion of TRUE/FALSE because it dramatically reduces the overhead and junk that you need to deal with when doing your work. " This philosophy flows...
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    Boolean Values and Operators

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    John Smith asked what TRUE and FALSE were in PowerShell on our newsgroup Microsoft.Public.Windows.PowerShell. The simple answer to this is $TRUE and $FALSE but the complete answer is a richer. PowerShell has a very rich notion of TRUE and FALSE. The best...
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    Jingle

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    As an attempt to spread some holiday joy, Satish Mathew and I wrote the following script. Hope you enjoy it! - Marcel Ortiz ######################################################################################## $notes = write-output ` 4A4 4A4...
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