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Book review: PowerShell for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrators

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 includes 500+ PowerShell cmdlets to manage the SharePoint products and features. It could be quite intimidating to even think about so many cmdlets and figuring out where to start. This is where this new book by Niklas Goude and Mattias Karlsson comes handy. This is probably the only book available on this topic and I don’t think anything else is in development on the same lines as this book. @Ngoude was kind enough to send a copy of this book. Rating 10/10 Recommendation A must read, task-based guide to using PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 Administration Coming to what is there in the book, this book is divided in to 3 parts. Part 1 gives an introduction to SharePoint 2010, what is new in SharePoint 2010 and then talks about different tools/interfaces available to manage a SharePoint 2010 deployment. Part 2 is where PowerShell for SharePoint gets an introduction. It won’t simply dive in to SharePoint 2010 cmdlets. Instead, the authors take us through some basics of PowerShell scripting and then introduce the …

SharePoint 2010 – Quick snack

This is a slide deck showing a quick overview of what’s new in SharePoint 2010. This information is based on my understanding from various resources on Internet. As it is mentioned in the deck, I still don’t have access to SharePoint 2010 bits and the information in the deck may not be completely accurate. Don’t hesitate to provide your feedback on the content.

SharePoint 2010 ITPro and developer resources

As you may already know, SharePoint 2010 beta is fast approaching. It will be out in November 2009 and I am really looking forward to get my hands dirty with it. I started collecting a few resources for my own learning and wanted to share all those links here. I will update this post as I see more and more new resources on the net. Microsoft Resources SharePoint 2010 product page: SharePoint 2010 on TechNet: SharePoint 2010 on MSDN: SharePoint Development Team on Twitter: SharePoint Developer Courses on Channel 9: SharePoint Experts blogs & Twitter links SharePoint Joel Blog: SharePoint Joel on Twitter: Michael T Noel on Twitter: Andrew Connell’s blog: My Twitter SharePoint list: There are many more SharePoint experts out there. I am listing only a few I follow.  And finally, you can pre-register for SharePoint 2010 beta @ I am really excited about this release and will start posting content here as soon as the public beta is out. Keep watching this …

R2: Remote Desktop Services – quick reference links

I have been working on remote desktop services (formerly known as Terminal Services) in Windows Server 2008 R2 and collected quite a few resources on the web. Posting a few interesting ones here. Part 1: RDS Session Host – Initial Installation & Configuration Part 2: RDS Web Portal- Initial Installation & Configuration Part 3: RDS Connection Broker- Initial Installation & Configuration Part 4: RDS Gateway – Initial Installation & Configuration Part 5: RDP7 Deep Dive & User Experience Remote desktop services step-by-step guides I will start posting a few PowerShell scripts to manage RDS from command-line. There are few already on PowerShell MSDN blog. Technorati Tags: Remote Desktop Services,Windows Server 2008 R2,Hyper-V R2,PowerShell,RDS

Shell Extentions for VHD files – release 1.6

I just made another release of VHDShellExt.vbs. This will be the final release unless there are any bugs with the script. This release contains an IE based progress window and a few bug fixes. I tried various other options to represent the progress of any given task but I felt using IE instance was the easiest and most efficient way to represent progress. Here is how it looks       This IE progress window will appear only when you directly use the context menu to perform an action on the VHD or when you use WScript as the scripting engine to run VHDShellExt.vbs. Otherwise, you will see the progress in terms of a few dots on the screen and a message (success/fail) at the end. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t really planning to complete this feature addition this week. But thanks to my 5 months old son. He has been really cooperative today 🙂 Let me know your thoughts on this tool. Technorati Tags: Hyper-V VHD,VHD right-Click,VHD Shell Extensions,VHD Mount,VHD …

eBook: Windows Server Virtualization – Virtual Storage

In this release — Chapter 4: Virtual Storage — I wrote quite a bit on what all is supported under Hyper-V and talked about some best practices when using various types of virtual storage. This chapter focuses on how to create and manage virtual storage using various methods available. These methods include Hyper-V MMC, Diskpart.exe, Diskmgmt.msc and Hyper-V WMI interfaces. I have tested all the scripts on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system with Hyper-V role.