PowerShell Cmdlets on Bing Visual Search

Bing now has a Visual Search for PowerShell cmdelts! On the left there are Refiners used to narrow down your selection by Category, Verb, Noun, and other groupings.  After clicking on a cmdlet, you get a details “help” pane on the right with example usage and the top web results (typically TechNet or MSDN reference…


List all CustomActions in the Farm

Here’s a great little script that I used to list out all of the Custom Actions available in a farm.  What’s great about the script is that it returns the CustomActions in XML so you can vary the output.  My favorite is using the Out-GridView cmdlet in Windows PowerShell 2.0. From there can you can…


SharePoint 2010 Claims-Based Auth with ADFS v2

I have a really cool 2010 lab environment at home and one of the things I wanted to do was to make sure I was able to demo SharePoint 2010 ‘s claims-based authentication capabilities, especially using ADFS v2. I was amazed at how straight forward the process was.  Just a few lines of PowerShell and…


Backup Documents in SharePoint Using PowerShell

I use SharePoint in my lab at home and recently started organizing all of my personal documents in there as well.  The one thing that always concerns me is the safety of those files living in a lab environment on a Beta/RC product. So, to ease my nerves, I wrote this simple little script which…


Automated SharePoint 2010 Install with PowerShell

In one of my previous posts, I walked through how to provision a SharePoint farm using PowerShell. You can also install SharePoint from a CD using PowerShell as well.  I use this in my lab at home so I don’t have to attend the installs when I am rebuilding my virtual machines. <Update: Product Keys>…


SharePoint 2010 Provisioning A New Farm with PowerShell

<Update 2010.02.23  Re-ordered provisioning steps to fit with supported test cases> NEW!  Looking for a simplified process for working with SharePoint and PowerShell?  Check out:  SPModule. <Update 2009.11.20 Initialize-SPResourceSecurity and Install-SPApplicationContent> This post will take you down the process of configuring your SharePoint farm while introducing the new administrative functionality shipping in the PowerShell provider….


PowerShell 2.0 Released!

Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, has been officially released today.  This down-level release is now supported for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. You can find the release here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151321


Free PowerShell eBook

For those wishing to get started on PowerShell, here is an excellent free eBook by Dr. Tobias Weltner, PowerShell MVP. http://powershell.com/Mastering-PowerShell.pdf


Extending .NET Objects in PowerShell

One of the great features in PowerShell 2.0 is the ability to extend .NET object types to add additional custom properties and methods.  For instance, the type System.String does not have a property called IsANumber that returns whether or not the string is a number.  Typically, you would have to do a TryParse.  By extending…


PowerShell Cmdlets in SharePoint 2010

You may have already heard that SharePoint 2010 will ship with a PowerShell provider that contains over 500 cmdlets for you to administer SharePoint. The killer though, is that these commandlets can be executed remotely with PowerShell 2.0 WinRM.  Awesome!  Don’t worry about STSADM, it will still be around to support existing administration scripts and…