How to Parse ARM Output Variables in Azure DevOps Pipelines

In this article, you're to learn one of the most troublesome aspects of using ARM templates in AzDo pipelines - managing output variables.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

7 min. read

Concatenate, Expand, Formate and All Things PowerShell Strings

Strings in PowerShell are probably the most used data type in PowerShell. From displaying messages, prompting for input, or sending data to files, it is almost impossible to write scripts without strings being involved.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

14 min. read

Using PowerShell to Delete Files [All the Ways]

Maintaining free disk space is crucial when managing servers and systems. As admins, you wouldn't want to get caught unaware of a 'disk full' situation. We all know where that situation leads - dismounted database, stopped services, inaccessible website, and the list goes on.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

11 min. read

Back to Basics: Understanding the PowerShell Switch Statement

The concept of conditional logic in programming is not anything new. Conditional logic is a fancy term for first checking for a condition (if something happened) and then doing something as a result of that condition.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

10 min. read

How to Up your Game with PowerShell Try Catch Blocks

Have you ever run a script or a PowerShell cmdlet and get confronted with a screaming wall of text - in red - like the one shown below?

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

9 min. read

Resolve-DnsName: Resolving DNS Records with PowerShell

If you're managing web or mail servers, you know how heavily these servers rely on adequately configured DNS records. Missing DNS records can cause all sorts of problems, including users not being able to find your website or non-delivery of emails. It is a good thing that the PowerShell Resolve-DnsName cmdlet exists, and with it, monitoring DNS records can be automated through scripting.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

7 min. read

Infrastructure as Code: Where Continuous Delivery All Begins

If you've ever created kind of cloud or virtual infrastructure on-prem manually, you'd know there's either a lot of clicking or a lot of typing going on. Infrastructure as Code (Iac) takes care of that.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

3 min. read

Building Your First AWS Lambda Python Function

Learn how to create a working Lambda function and how to write the Python code necessary to make the Lambda function work.

Michael Levan Avatar Michael Levan

10 min. read

Getting Started using SSH with PowerShell

Know how to set up Windows' SSH client and get both Windows 10 and Windows Server set up to use SSH with PowerShell Remoting.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

5 min. read

Back to Basics: Conditional Logic with PowerShell If-Else

Scripts can make decisions. How? By using a concept called conditional logic. This concept is important to understand clearly when writing PowerShell scripts.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

9 min. read

Deploying Infrastructure with AWS CLI and CloudFormation

Learn how to deploy AWS CLI and cloudformation and know its advantages over manual provisioning of infrastructure.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

5 min. read

Back to Basics: The PowerShell For Loop

When you use PowerShell scripts to manage systems or process bulk tasks, you'll undoubtedly encounter the need to use a loop construct as part of your scripts. There are many types of loops available in PowerShell, and one of them is the for loop.  The PowerShell for loop can make running the same set of commands on multiple items quickly and produce consistent results.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

8 min. read

How to Create Descriptive PowerShell Comments

When a newcomer to PowerShell begins to write scripts, they typically focus on the code. After all, the code is what makes things happen! Executable code is obviously important, but what happens when you write so much code, you forget what it does? This is when PowerShell comments can come in.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

8 min. read

How to Apply Azure DSC Configurations in Azure ARM Templates

If you're deploying Azure Windows virtual machines (VMs) via ARM templates and need to configure Windows, this article is for you. In this tutorial, you're going to learn how to use the Desired State Configuration (DSC) extension for ARM templates to seamlessly deploy and configure an Azure VM Scale Set with a single template.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

6 min. read

Managing Your Exchange Database to Be in Tip Top Shape

Any system administrator responsible for a Microsoft Exchange environment will, most likely, at some point need to manage Exchange databases. Instead of using the Exchange Admin Center admins can use the Get-MailboxDatabase, New-MailboxRepairRequest, and Move-DatabasePath PowerShell cmdlets to make it happen.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

4 min. read

Publishing Artifacts in an Azure DevOps Release Pipeline

So you've got an Azure DevOps release pipeline created. You've automated the build and all of the tests. Now comes the time to publish a build artifact somewhere. Stick around to learn how to add a NuGet Azure Artifacts feed to Azure DevOps!

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

9 min. read

Understanding Import-Csv and the ForEach Loop

Have you ever had to do the same task multiple times? Like, creating multiple Active Directory users one user at a time using the GUI? Or how about logging in to a server to delete old logs from some selected folders? If your answer is yes, then know you're not alone. Most admins have gone through the same laborious process.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

10 min. read

PowerShell and DevOps: Building a CI/CD Pipeline for a Module

You can build just about anything with PowerShell from teeny scripts to multi-hundred-line behemoths. But once you grow tired of creating PS1 script after PS1 script, you tend to start thinking of reusable tools via modules and combining PowerShell and DevOps.

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

10 min. read

How to Build a User Onboarding Automation Routine with Power Automate

Do you have a clunky, old onboard automation workflow with a confusing interface and probably requires Java that your HR team hates to use? If so, it's time to learn how to rid yourself of your "onboarding solution" altogether with Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow).

Adam Bertram Avatar Adam Bertram

9 min. read

Back to Basics: The PowerShell Foreach Loop

Learn the different types of foreach loops available in PowerShell, and what to consider as to which one to use.

June Castillote Avatar June Castillote

9 min. read

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