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Thoughts about DevOps and automation from a Windows guy


  1. Joining Paths in PowerShell

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    Frequently in PowerShell, you'll be dealing with file paths and programmatically constructing them to either write or read files. There are a few different ways to build up file paths in PowerShell which I'll go over >>


  2. Achievement Unlocked: Becoming a Microsoft MVP

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    A few days, ago I received a pretty awesome email in my inbox. I was becoming an Microsoft MVP! >>


  3. Using a Powershell Azure Function to Send Automated Blog Post Tweets

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    If you follow me on Twitter, you would have probably noticed that I occasionally send out tweets from random previous blog posts. I don’t want to have to remember to send these manually, and after reading how Josh King does it in his automated blog archive tweets article, I thought I’d add my spin on it. For my implementation, I’m going to use an Azure Function as well as a bit of blob storage to keep track of previous tweets. This way, I don’t depend on my local computer being up, and I can keep track of what posts I’ve already tweeted out, so I don’t repeat them. >>


  4. The PowerShell Conference Book

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    On Friday, July 6th, The PowerShell Conference Book as made available for purchase on Leanpub. This 'conference in a book' includes chapters from over 30 PowerShell experts and all royalties are being donated to the OnRamp Scholarship program run by The DevOps Collective. >>


  5. The Operation Validation Framework: Test your infrastructure using Pester

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    Knowing if your IT infrastructure is operating as it should is a fundamental task for any IT administrator. There are a plethora of tools and products available in the market to accomplish this task. I want to talk about another option that is free, simple, and uses PowerShell and Pester to perform the heavy lifting. This simple module is called the Operation Validation Framework. >>