Set up an SMTP Replay (or smarthost) in Windows 2012 R2 with PowerShell

I just set up for our servers that need to send mail, we have a smart host relay to sendgrid. Part of the setup is done via PowerShell, part through the GUI. If you can direct me on how to configure the additional steps via PowerShell I would be keenly interested and would update this […]

Install SQL Express 2014 or 2016 from PowerShell

This may be useful for some folks out there. While the documentation on SQL Books online for command line installs is extensive, the examples there are limited, and the troubleshooting steps are not described clearly. You will need to download the SQL installer iso or files and mount or extract them, and locate the setup.exe. […]

My first book review! SQL Server 2014 with PowerShell v5 Cookbook

Has been a very busy year for me, haven’t posted lately, but was very excited to share this. I’ve had the opportunity to be a technical reviewer for three PowerShell books this year! One that I’ve really enjoyed reviewing has just been released, and the publisher Packt is offering an end of year sale for $5 eBook […]

Get your Public IP and Geographic Data with PowerShell

  Always fascinated by what can be done very tersely with PowerShell. I saw an interesting tip on that gives the geopraphic info on a given public IP. They had a post I dug up a couple years back that determines your public IP dynamically, so I connected the Lego blocks… here is a […]

PowerShell brain teaser

I’ve been following the buzz about the PowerShell Scripting Games on Twitter, and came across this PowerShell brain teaser from beefycode. Here’s my answer, wish me luck! In PowerShell, when is the following statement true? Explain why.        ( $a -eq $b ) -ne ( $b -eq $a )   The key to this puzzle can […]

Great time at Florida .Net UG in West Palm

Whew! Presentation on PowerShell for Developers to the Florida .Net user group went well, and it was a very lively group. I went in expecting to dig deep into applying PowerShell for GUI application development, deployment and the like. But we had a lot of folks very new to PowerShell, and we had a very […]

Presenting PowerShell for Developers to UG in West Palm

I’ve been asked to present to the Florida.Net user group in West Palm this week, and chose to present on PowerShell for Developers, and here’s why. There are incredible possibilities and utility in PowerShell, most of the marketing and discussion on the web is for I.T. administrators, rather than developers (though there are some signs […]

My First PowerShell Script

Presenting tonight for Florida PowerShell User Group.  “A DBA’s first PowerShell script: lessons learned” Edit* It went great! Slides here Would love any feedback or questions.

SQL 2012 and PowerShell 3 talk at Florida.Net UG

After some tuning I re-presented my talk on SQL 2012 and PowerShell 3 for the Florida.Net user group. They let me ramble on much longer, so I had the chance to do more demos and step through the code more thoroughly. Recieved some really great feedback, and saw more than a few people may have […]




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