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Powershell GUI System Hardware Information

After publishing a project Create an interactive HTML report with PowerShell data, few people gave me feedback, They implemented this and found it very useful that it shows the serial number of server/desktop hardware parts without opening the system and doesn't require downtime, All happens remotel…

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Running Your First PowerShell Scripts With Jenkins and Git

Jenkins is the the top and leading open source automation server, It offers hundreds of plugins to help building (develop), deploying and automating any project. It is a great orchestration tool for automation. In this article I will use it to schedule a simple Job for PowerShell script using Git. 

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Send Email using PowerShell with .net object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage

I have written this article to understand how email can be sent using System.Net.Mail.MailMessage .net object with PowerShell. Below is the complete documentation regarding this object https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/system.net.mail.mailmessage?view=net-7.0. Although you can use simp…

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Send system disk space utilization HTML report Email using PowerShell

This script generates system disk drive usage HTML reports using PowerShell. This is very handy for sending weekly or daily reports of servers in html or host it on web server for monitoring. In my case VDI team contacted me for creating a system Disk HTML reports for VDI and sending them to concern…

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Executing PowerShell script from PHP HTML web server

Recently I was reading some Advanced Python coding books, I was especially fascinated by the Flask module. This project is an outcome of the same, If similar can be achieved with PowerShell and HTML, I wrote some code in HTML, PHP and PowerShell and it is working well after testing. Here in this pro…

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Find and use Azure Marketplace VM images with Azure PowerShell

You can use this write up to find Azure Virtual Machine images available on the Azure Marketplace using PowerShell Module Az (Azure) commands. Before proceeding you need to know a few jargon vocabulary related to Azure cloud VM Images. You can use below properties to find VM templates on Azure cloud…

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Active Directory User Account Password Expiry Email Notification using PowerShell

While working and setting up a new project from scratch, the Helpdesk team wanted a solution to automatically send alert notification to Users about their Accounts password expiring. The notification email format looks like below once password is near defined days in the PowerShell Script. This Powe…

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Azure add create a Subnet to existing Virtual Network using PowerShell

This is second part of the earlier written article Create a Azure Virtual Network with Subnet using PowerShell. Here in this blog I will create subnet in already created Azure vNET (Virtual Network). I have defined Azure vNET and subnets in Powershell variables. I am creating a Azure vNET without a…

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Remove Azure Virtual Network Subnet using PowerShell

This PowerShell script will help you to remove subnet from Microsoft Azure Virtual Network (vNET). You can follow my earlier articles regarding the another topic related to Azure networking here on Azure add create a Subnet to existing Virtual Network using PowerShell and  Create a Azure Virtual…

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Powershell Add multiple bulk DNS records from csv file

This script is very handy when creating multiple bulk  DNS records in the Microsoft DNS server. It is very plain instructions how to use. At the core of this script Add-DnsServerResourceRecordA is the PowerShell cmdlet which is doing the task of creating DNS records.

To use this script create…

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Create List or Remove VMware VM Snapshots with PowerCLi

This is very handy and useful PowerCLI script, when I do my labs or production deployment changes on VMware environment. Whenever I have multiple servers to make changes and wants to ensure no problem should occur after changes, I take temporary VMware snapshots. But working with snapshot manually i…

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Quickstart How to authenticate Ansible with Microsoft Azure

This article is first part of Deploy create Virtual Network vNET in Azure cloud using Ansible Here I am going to show multiple ways to authenticate Ansible with Microsoft Azure cloud. Very first method is very simple using azure az cli. Make sure you have installed azure cli application on linux wh…

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Create a Azure Virtual Network with Subnet using PowerShell

Azure VNet (Virtual Network) is the essential element for your private network in the Azure Cloud. Virtual Network allows various kinds of Azure resources, such as Azure Virtual Machines (VM), to securely connect with each other, the internet, and on-premises networks. In this article I will be crea…

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Azure PowerShell Get-AzStorageShare Could not get the storage context

While working with Azure Storage Account Shares report, while running below Azure az PowerShell command to get shares list, it was throwing error.

Get-AzStorageShare -Name testbackup
Get-AzStorageShare: could not get the storage context. Please pass in a storage context or set the current stor…

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VMware.PowerCLI install update error - Install-Package: Authenticode issuer

I had a project to automate and upgrade VMware infrastructure. I had given few of the basic tasks to my fellow juniors to update VMware.PowerCLI modules on few servers and run script on the systems. But while upgrading VMware PowerCLI they were receiving below errors. 

PackageManagement\In…

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Building basic simple Web Server using PowerShell

While writing few solutions for html code I wanted to test basic html web pages, which I required to check with web server, here PowerShell can be handy to create simple and basic web server to serve html web page for testing purpose.

Microsoft powershell web server httplistener http listener simple web server basic web server context response port url new-object.png

Download this code basic_webserver_httplistener.ps1 here…

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Gather Azure Virtual Network inventory information using PowerShell

I am huge fan of PowerShell when gathering inventory report information. Before disabling few of my subscriptions in my Azure accounts, I wanted to gather Virtual Network inventory in the CSV file so It can be used later to see the information quickly to share in table format. Below is the screensho…

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Microsoft Azure PowerShell cmdlet 'this.Client.SubscriptionId' cannot be null

While working on one of my expired and disabled Microsoft Azure subscription with PowerShell, I was receiving error (Get-AzVirtualNetwork: 'this.Client.SubscriptionId' cannot be null) when trying to get information from Azure Virtual Network. Although I was receiving error for all the resources when…

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Powershell Animation ANSI FileInfo color support for ANSI escape sequences | ASCII Art

Microsoft has released a new version of PowerShell 7.2. After installation of latest Microsoft PowerShell I was reading release notes and what's new document on https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/scripting/whats-new/what-s-new-in-powershell-72?view=powershell-7.2. While reading, there is a…

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Resolved PowerShell Visual studio code stuck with 'Starting up PowerShell' in status bar

On one of the my colleagues new laptop we were setting up Visual Studio Code environment. After installing Microsoft PowerShell extension on VSCode when executing PowerShell ps1 script, it was getting stuck/freeze/hang with message "Starting up PowerShell" at the bottom-right side, and it was showin…

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