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5 more Windows admin tasks made easy with PowerShell

I’ve written a lot about Microsoft PowerShell on this site, but my favorite thing to do is show how to apply the scripting language to various tasks you already have to do as part of your regular role and responsibilities. In a previous article, I demonstrated how to accomplish five common administrative tasks using PowerShell.

In this piece I’ll take five more IT administrative tasks (this time mostly security-related) that with a GUI would be slow and boring and show you how to script them using PowerShell. 

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Meet Project Honolulu, Microsoft’s new Windows Server management GUI

I’m a firm believer that PowerShell knowledge is required if you work in Windows administration. That’s become especially true over the last three to four years as Microsoft has invested a good deal of time and energy into expanding the universe of things that PowerShell commands can accomplish. I’ve been on the PowerShell train for years now — so much so that I wrote a book to help beginners learn it.

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How Windows to Go can protect data for business travelers

Often, Microsoft presents technological solutions to problems experienced by only a tiny percentage of its customer base. Windows to Go was like that — a nice solution to a problem that was virtually non-existent back when it was first released in 2011. Six years later, though, Microsoft is looking prescient, since its solution fits a new problem that a lot more people want solved.

What is Windows to Go? It’s a way to take a Windows installation with you on a USB thumb drive. You pop that thumb drive into any computer, boot from the USB, and your personalized installation of Windows — with all of your applications and files and access to corporate resources — is there. When finished, shut down, unplug the USB thumb drive, and away you go. It’s essentially portable Windows.

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PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

Microsoft PowerShell is a powerful scripting language and administrative framework for Windows, and one of the key elements that makes it so powerful is the pipeline — the assembly line of data and results that moves between and through cmdlets. In this piece, we’re going to talk about how you glue stuff together — or, more specifically, how you take the output or results from one PowerShell cmdlet and send it into another for further processing.

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