On Tuesday I talked about how to control Virtual Server from PowerShell. Since then I have come up with a couple of simple tweaks to make interacting with Virtual Server easier.
- Load the interop DLL as part of your profile.
You can create your own personal profile script that gets run for all PowerShell instances by creating the file ‘profile.ps1’ in a ‘PSConfiguration’ directory under your ‘My Documents’ folder. I have created this and added the command to load the Virtual Server interop DLL: [System.Reflection.Assembly]::loadfrom(“C:\Documents\PSConfiguration\VSWrapperForPSH.dll”) > $null (note that I am redirecting to $null so I do not see any of the output each time).
- Create a script for setting COM security.
I have created a script called ‘SetSecurity.ps1’ with the following contents:
Note that in order to run scripts you will need to ‘set-executionpolicy’ appropriately.
- If you are running Vista and need to run PowerShell as administrator – you can do this by manually creating a new shortcut and checking this option under the compatibility tab
With these three steps – interacting with Virtual Server is quite easy: