Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My favorite Windows PowerShell ISE add-ons

Today, I will introduce to my favorite PowerShell ISE add-ons: Script Browser, Module Browser, and ISE Geek. At the end of the post, I'll leave you with a hand-selected list of some other ISE add-ins.

Source : 4sysops

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Analyzing website performance with the Windows Performance Toolkit

To build fast sites, developers need powerful tools to analyze the performance of their sites and debug issues. In-browser tools like the F12 Developer Tools are a great start and the primary tools for analyzing what’s happening behind the scenes when a page slows down. However, some scenarios require measuring performance characteristics in the context of other applications and the operating system itself. For these scenarios, we use the Windows Performance Toolkit.

Source : Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Microsoft IIS Administration API - Introducing the IIS Administration API

IIS is a mature technology with a large amount of configuration available. Historically the configuration of IIS has been done through WMI, Appcmd, PowerShell, and graphically through IIS Manager. All of these technologies have continued to serve their purpose, allowing users to configure the web server to meet their needs. Recently the IIS team has been working on a project to open up IIS configuration even more by creating a REST API that exposes the configuration system. This API is not meant to replace any of the existing configuration access mechanisms, but stand beside them and offer an open method for interacting with IIS. The REST API communicates with HTTPS making it accessible from any device that knows how to send a web request. This allows IIS to be configured more freely and opens the door for configuration clients that were not possible before, such as mobile applications.
Today we want to not only let everyone know that we are working on a REST API for IIS, we also want to let you see it. The API that we have created has a built in tool called the API Explorer that allows those with access to the API to browse the entire API surface. This means once you have a link to the root URL of the API you can navigate to this tool and browse all of the API that is available. Here is a picture of the API Explorer in action displaying an application pool resource.


Source : blogs.iis.net

Script ADMirror PowerShell Module


A set of functions to dump OUs, Users, Groups and GPOs from one Active Directory and mirror them to another, test Active Directory. Perfect for creating a test environment.

Source : gallery.technet.microsoft.com

Friday, May 06, 2016

Recommendation: Asus SOHO Wi-Fi Router RT-AC66U

I’ve lost count of the number of Wi-Fi routers I’ve been through over the last ten years, most ranging from just OK to the plain terrible. When I started experiencing problems with WI-FI connectivity a few months ago, I decided once again it was time to replace my router, and after lots of research, I picked the Asus RT-AC66U.

SOurce : Petri

WSUS : The long-term fix for KB3148812 issues


A new update is available for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. This update requires manual steps in order to complete the installation. While the KB itself covers those steps, this post provides additional details on the release.

Source : WSUS Product Team Blog