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Speaking at PowerShell Saturday, Singapore – Windows PowerShell 4.0 First Look

I will be speaking at the PowerShell Singapore User Group’s PowerShell Saturday event on 20th July, 2013. Although this event is an in-person event, I will be doing an online session from India. The timings below are Singapore time. My online session is on Windows PowerShell 4.0. I will showing the new features of PowerShell 4.0 including Desired State Configuration. My session will start at 1.25PM IST on July 20th. You can register for the online session at: You will receive the online meeting details 3hours before the event.

10 Days of Microsoft SQL Server, Silverlight and SharePoint Books – PacktPub

Packt Publishers are celebrating the publication of new Microsoft books and are offering an exclusive discount for all Microsoft (SQL Server, SharePoint, Silverlight) books during September 2011. There are several books of interest and I am sure you will find a huge set of helpful ones in that list. Go and grab the discount! Here is the link which explains it in detail: 10 Days of Microsoft SQL Server, Silverlight and SharePoint Books. The campaign for the SQL Server books will be for the first 10 days of the month.

Coming soon: 2011 Scripting Games

The 2011 Scripting Games begin on April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. What is the Scripting Games, you may ask? Well simply put, the Scripting Games are the premier learning event of the year for IT Pro’s and others who wish to master Windows PowerShell. Comprising 10 events, a registered contestant has seven days to create a solution to a scenario driven problem and post their code to a MVP maintained script repository for evaluation by a panel of internationally recognized judges. Daily leaderboards and prize drawings help to maintain the suspense throughout the two-week international event. During the 2011 Scripting Games hundreds of contestants will submit thousands of scripts that will be reviewed by dozens of judges. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all around the world will view the games themselves. Last year, participants from more than 100 countries participated in the Scripting Games. With an emphasis on real world scripting scenarios and problems, the scripts will be of immediate value to both the participants and to the spectators. Preparation …

Get-DefaultBrowserPath from PowerShell prompt

Update: I removed the old content about using PowerShell to open a URL in the default browser. There is no need for a long script to do that. We could just do Start “URL” to open the default browser and open the specified URL. So, I updated this post to show a function that can get you the default browser’s exe path. Update: @ShayLevy suggested a one-liner @ and that one-liner is (New-Object -com Shell.Application).Open( Nice..! I did not think about this. LL: Always look around for better ways 🙂 Update: The method I had posted earlier is meaningless since we can open a URL using start-Process or just start. Refer to the comments below. While experimenting with one of my PowerShell libraries, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to open a URL from a cmdlet or script or even command line. However, I did not want to hard code any browser details (path/image name/etc) in the script. The idea is to find out the default browser setting and then invoke …

Bye bye 2009

This year started — for me — with the birth of my son, Kaustubh. He is now 11 months old, started to walk and talk. It is a pleasure watching the kid grow. While being busy with him all the time, I did quite a things on professional front too. BITPro user community I became an active member of BITPro user community and started contributing at user group meets and other events. In total, I delivered thse four sessions. Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 at Windows 7 install fest Windows Server 2008 R2 – A technical overview at Microsoft TechEd on the road, Bangalore Introduction to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in R2 SharePoint 2010 beta 2 Technical overview And, yes — I was the BITPro community star for 2009. I am looking forward to increase my contributions to BITPro community. Blogging / Writing First, I changed the look of my blog some N number of times and ended up purchasing Thesis theme. I am sure I won’t change this now since I paid money for this 🙂 …

Blog migration complete

I have completed the blog migration with the name server changes this morning. It feels so good now. I have not been writing anything for a while just to make sure I don’t have to do another MySQL DB restore. I have now moved this blog to FatCow after lot of issues — including hacking — with my old provider. Also, now I have a paid theme for this blog — Thesis. This is one of the best themes I found on Internet. In fact, this is not a theme. This is a WordPress framework. With thesis, I have just 9 plugins and all other customizations were achieved just by adding few lines of code to custom-functions.php. I have learnt quite a bit about Thesis customizations in last one week and did customizations myself. I will post all of that here. Now that the migration is complete and I am a happy man (again.!), I will start posting all the back log. I have lot of Hyper-V content in pipe. Keep watching this space and …

Web site update

This site has been facing lot of downtime since past two weeks due to various reasons. I am in the process of replacing the current “inefficient” web hosting provider to a better one. This should be complete in a few days. Please bear with any downtime you may see during this transition.