Automate the deployment of guest virtual machines with PowerShell

02. June 2016 Technical 0
Small businesses often bemoan the cost and complexity of implementing System Center. But who needs System Center when you’ve already got PowerShell?! In the previous post, I shared a series of snippets / scripts that I use to quickly configure a standalone Hyper-V host, including host name & timezone, storage, networking, and so on. To continue that ...

Automate the deployment of a standalone Hyper-V host server using PowerShell

30. May 2016 Technical 0
In this article, I wanted to document a standard, standalone Hyper-V server deployment for a small business using nothing but PowerShell. The best practices for Hyper-V state that the role should be enabled on a server without the GUI (e.g. Core or Nano–although I rarely see this done in a small business setting). Best practices aside, I still enjoy using PowerShell ...

Scripting with ISE: Adding new LUN’s, part 2

12. May 2016 Technical 0
When we left off last time, we had a small script that: Put an offline disk (disk #1) online Initialized the disk Created a new partition on that disk Formatted a new volume from that partition The script looked something like this: But that’s a pretty poor script, because it only runs if the disk ...

Scripting with ISE: Adding New LUNs, part 1

09. May 2016 Technical 0
In this series, we are getting familiar with Windows PowerShell ISE. My hope is that thru working in this application, more IT professionals will come to view PowerShell as a truly accessible (and indispensable) tool. Remember that the point of technology should include making your job easier–to allow you to leverage capabilities that you would otherwise ...

How to teach yourself PowerShell using ISE

There is no reason to be afraid of PowerShell. I know a lot of IT generalists out there have avoided learning it, or, when they do run into a situation where it is required (since not everything is exposed to the GUI interfaces these days), they steal a snippet from the Internet. Well, that’s all well ...