Posts Tagged ‘scripting’


iPowerShell Changes: New platforms! Now FREE!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Ferdinand Rios
  iPowerShell, our little iOS app, has come a long way over the years. It started out as simply a reference tool for PowerShell cmdlets, about_help and provider help. Over the years, we added YouTube videos, PowerShell Twitter posts, PowerShell Web Access, remote connectivity with PSWA and SSH, and a color coded editor. Today we announce iPowerShell for the Mac! This is a desktop application with most of the major features of its mobile sibling (we have not yet implemented the script editor). With this desktop application, admins can use their Macs to connect to PowerShell either through PSWA or…   More »

Introducing the SAPIEN Information Center

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by June Alane Reif
Over the years, the articles in this blog have grown extensively. There's a lot of valuable information in here, but it's become hard to find because it's mixed in with various tour announcements, special offers, conference recaps, and the like. So, we have decided to pull the important articles and place them—along with information relevant to PowerShell and scripting—in a more organized and easily searchable venue. We are proud to introduce the SAPIEN Information Center. The most recent articles are always highlighted in a list on the left side of the window. The SAPIEN Information Center currently has the following…   More »

Which versions of PowerShell do you run?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by June Blender
The PowerShell team released Windows PowerShell 5.0 on Windows 10 last year and just re-released Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 for earlier versions of Windows. But, we know from years of experience that many people don't upgrade their versions quickly. It takes time to get to know and trust a new version. In a large enterprise, it takes time to do the parallel testing to certify that a new product is secure and compatible with the software that the organization uses. Take the survey: Which version of Windows PowerShell do you use? For those of us who are writing scripts and modules to share, this…   More »

Automation — in Science

Friday, February 19th, 2016 by June Blender
I recently had the great honor of attending my eldest son's Ph.D. thesis defense. It was one of those mommy moments -- you know, "my son the doctor." Jackson Cahn, Ph.D. with his parents, June Blender and Andy Cahn Photo by Ron Rogers Although I'd discussed my son's work with him for years, I didn't expect to understand much of the advanced chemistry or protein engineering parts of his thesis defense presentation. But, I was surprised to see that one element of his talk was exceedingly familiar. He explained something about metabolic pathways and a successful manipulation of an enzyme…   More »

Update-Module 5.0 adds, not updates

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by June Blender
Applies to: -- Windows PowerShell 5.0.10586.63 -- PowerShellGet I'm a huge fan of sharing Windows PowerShell modules and making them easy to find (Find-Module), view (Save-Module), and install (Install-Module). So, I truly love the new PowerShellGet module. However, you really need to understand how it works before you use it. Otherwise, you might end up with commands and modules that don't work correctly (or at all) or don't do what you expect. Or, you might download modules with commands that shadow or hide commands that your scripts run. Update-Module is one of the really useful cmdlets in PowerShellGet, but if you don't know…   More »

Using Prefixes to Prevent Command Name Collision

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by June Blender
In January, I had the honor of presenting to the Mississippi PowerShell User Group (MSPSUG). I've known the organizers, Mike Robbins and Rohn Edwards for years, and truly respect them. The PSUG is online-only, which makes it a challenge for presenters, but they attract a very sophisticated audience, so my talks there are really conversations. This was a perfect venue for my "Avoiding Version Chaos" talk. (More at PowerShell Saturday in Tampa on March 19, 2016.) In one part of the talk, I demonstrated how to use noun prefixes to distinguish among commands with the same names. The demo flopped…   More »

Running PowerShell Scripts: Survey Results

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by June Blender
We're always evaluating the best, easiest, and most efficient ways to write, run, and publish Windows Powershell scripts and modules. But, our starting point is always how people work now. We were curious about how PowerShell scripters, including managers, ran scripts, and how their employees ran scripts written for them.   To gather this information, SAPIEN Technologies, Inc. created an online survey about the ways in which users run PowerShell scripts. We encouraged users to participate in a blog post and several posts on Facebook and Twitter. And, people really responded. We collected 88 responses between 12/16/2015 and 1/05/2016.  …   More »

How do you run scripts?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by June Blender
It's one of those questions that probably divides people into clans, like where you place your curly braces in a script block. Take the survey: How do you run scripts? But, it's an important question for productivity. Those of us who live the PowerShell life run scripts all the time. We might also delegate the task of running scripts to others. If the way that we run our scripts isn't efficient, we (or our delegates) lose at least some of the time we gained from automation. Some of us (okay, me) run scripts from the console. We'll open a console…   More »

Enable WMI Explorer Windows 8 Remote Connection Permissions

Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Devin Leaman
Earlier in October, I posted a blog about remote connection failures that occur when using WMI Explorer on a remote computer running Windows 8. This solution doesn't apply to computers running other versions of Windows. To sum it up, you need to make three changes for WMI Explorer to connect to a Windows 8 remote machine. Allow Remote Administration through the Windows Firewall Give the user the required remote access to COM security Give the user the required remote access to the WMI root namespace and sub-namespaces. For those who have this issue, but don’t have the time to go…   More »

PowerShell Conference Asia 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Ferdinand Rios
PowerShell Conference Asia (#PSConfAsia) held its inaugural sessions on September 18th and 19th, 2015 at Microsoft headquarters in Singapore. SAPIEN was the platinum sponsor of this event. A great set of sessions was kicked off with a State of the Union talk by Jefferey Snover (Technical Fellow at Microsoft and creator of PowerShell). Ferdinand Rios (CEO of SAPIEN) followed up with a talk on Building PowerShell GUI Solutions, where he demonstrated how to build a GUI PowerShellGet application using PowerShell Studio. The rest of the sessions had a concentration on DSC, Sharepoint and DevOps. In particular, there was a lot of…   More »