Importing a #PowerShell Data File with Code

In a previous post, I demonstrated how pester can be used for writing unit tests checking configuration data for PowerShell Desired State Configuration. I assumed that the data structure for configuration data was already present in memory. In real life, the environment data contained in configuration data is stored in a file. Therefore, I will show you how to load data structures from a file with and without code.

#XenApp 7 Database Migration Made Easy

In XenApp 7, Citrix offers a very comprehensive PowerShell SDK and introduces cmdlets for migrating the database to a new connection string. If the steps for clearing and setting the database connection are not followed very closely, the database connection may not be recoverable using PowerShell. This article describes an alternative to using PowerShell.

Working with #VHD #PowerShell Cmdlets without running #Hyper-V

Microsoft has decided to intertwine the PowerShell cmdlets for managing VHD(X) files and the Hyper-V role. As a consequence, you cannot create, inspect, configure, mount them etc. without the Hyper-V role. There is even an item in Microsoft Connect describing this issue for Convert-VHD. I will present two workarounds, one for environments already implementing Hyper-V as well as environments without using Hyper-V.

#WordPress to #Jekyll Part 5 - Hosting on #Azure Websites

Although hosting your blog in GitHub Pages is very easy to setup, it lacks several features provided by other hosting services like SSL certificates. I have decided to introduce Azure Websites as an alternative because it offers a wide range of hosting options including FTP uploads and server-side code. In addition, Azure Websites can be connected to a source control system to update the hosted content based on changes in the source. This post will demonstrate two important deployment methods.

#WordPress to #Jekyll Part 4 - Hosting on #GitHub Pages

In the previous posts I have concentrated on generating a static site on your workstation and integrating your content from WordPress. Fortunately, the static content can be hosted anywhere but there are some publicly available services that offer a pipeline for continuous delivery like GitHub Pages.

#WordPress to #Jekyll Part 3 - Exporting your Blog Content

After having presented the arguments for a static blog as well as an introduction to Jekyll, this post will be more hands-on.WordPress to Jekyll exporterI will demonstrate how to export all your pages and posts from WordPress to markdown. Most of the work will be done by the WordPress plugin called Jekyll Exporter.

#WordPress to #Jekyll Part 2 - How Jekyll Works

After I have presented arguments for a static site in the first post in this series, I will provide you with an introduction to Jekyll, the static site generator which I am using for this site. Checkout StaticGen for more static site generators and the popularity of Jekyll.

#WordPress to #Jekyll Part 1 - Arguments for a Static Site

I have recently read about static website generators. This got me thinking about my blog which was then hosted on WordPress. I have been quite happy with WordPress but there are several aspects that need to be considered whether WordPress is the optimal platform. The following reasons are very subjective and apply to my situation.

Are Windows Containers a new Deployment Model for End User Applications?

Since the announcement that Microsoft was planning to bring containers to Windows Server 2016, I have had many discussions about how Windows Containers impact end user computing. I have been asked whether containers are a replacement for App-V as well as Server App-V. It all boils down to the question whether Windows containers can be used to deploy end user applications. The short answer is “no” but let me explain in detail why this is the case.

Careful When Using Return in Advanced #PowerShell Functions

What do you expect to happend, when using return in advanced #PowerShell functions? I expected that execution would continue in the calling context. Let’s take a closer look to see why that is not the case.