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SharePoint PowerShell Forum

Now that SharePoint 2010 is available for download you are probably getting started with all the PowerShell goodness shipped with it, and I bet once you go beyond the first few commands you can easily get stuck with something not so obvious.

To help you get the most out of your SharePoint Server, we have set up a new discussison forum at PowerGUI.org specifically around PowerShell and SharePoint. Get all you SharePoint PowerShell questions answered here!

PowerGUI surpasses 500K downloads

The most popular free PowerShell tool (or a set of two tools: PowerShell Script Editor/Debugger and Graphical Administrative Console) got downloaded more than half a million times. Wow…

You can actually track the download counter yourself when you go to PowerGUI downloads page:

PowerGUI-download-counter

Now, 500,000 downloads is not equal to 500,000 users. Someone could have tried it and may not be using it today (although I would recommend that you give it another try – we are getting better with each new release!) and this is total downloads number of all releases starting the first beta we made available in early 2007. So if you have been with us all these years we have probably counted you quite a few times here! 😉

But even with this disclaimer, 500,000 is a huge number! Thanks to everyone using the tool, participating in our online PowerShell community, submitting your PowerPacks to the add-on library, and just helping others on the discussion forum! It is a big day for all of us!

Opening up PowerGUI.org

PowerGUI_BlogrollWe have made a change in the blog post webpart at our community site – PowerGUI.org: now it can provide links to blogs more than one blog. Specifically, it now features posts by myself, Kirk Munro, and Shay Levy.

For historical reasons, up to now the webpart only had posts from my blog. Which was obviously a really selfish and outdated thing to have. Shay and Kirk are these days more active on the site forums than I am, and their blogs are well worth following.

Hopefully, this makes staying in touch with the PowerGUI community even easier.

By now means this is limited to just three blogs. If you are active at PowerGUI.org and blog at least once or twice a week about PowerGUI or QAD cmdlets – please contact me and I will happily add your feed in there.

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@PowerGUIorg: Now with about_ topics

Want to learn PowerShell in small easy chunks? I have just updated our @PowerGUIorg twitter bot so in addition to PowerShell cmdlet tips and forum threads, it tweets tips from PowerShell about_ topics – like this one tweeted a few hours ago:

about_tip

I personally am following @PowerGUIorg myself and every now and then find myself clicking the link at the end of the message to learn something new about PowerShell. Hope you find it useful too!

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3 cmdlets a day keep the trouble away

There’s yet another reason to follow @PowerGUIorg on Twitter.

Our friendly community site ghost now 3 times a day tweets a random PowerShell cmdlet with the cmdlet name, synopsis, and link to the cmdlet page which has detailed cmdlet information: full description, parameters, examples, and so on.

sample-powershell-tweet

This should be a great way to learn cmdlets shipped with PowerShell v2 (some are obviously present in v1 as well) in small easy chunks. 🙂

@PowerGUIorg also tweets each time a new discussion is started at PowerGUI.org forums – so you can easily get involved in any topic which you find interesting or perhaps help somebody out if you know the answer.

Follow @PowerGUIorg and let us know what you think. Any ideas on making this feed even more useful are welcome!

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Interactive PowerGUI Blog Badges

This is part two of the PowerGUI.org blog badges instructions. In part one we learned how to add a PowerGUI graphics widget.

Today I will show how to add a widget dynamically showing your latest threads or messages at our PowerShell discussion forums.

As you can see I have one in the right-hand column of this blog and it looks like:

Thread_Widget

To add such a widget in wordpress, go to Dashboard/Appearance/Widgets, add an RSS gadget and paste the following RSS feed link (make sure you change my name to your PowerGUI.org name and replace space with %20):

http://www.powergui.org/rss/rssmessages.jspa?categoryID=55&RssUsername=Dmitry%20Sotnikov

For wordpress, the widget will then look like:

RSS_Widget

Type something like “My recent posts at PowerGUI.org” to the feed title, and select the number of items to show.

Then save the changes and you are good to go!

If you want the widget to display recent threads(rather than posts) use this RSS feed instead:

http://www.powergui.org/rss/rssthreads.jspa?categoryID=55

That’s it. If you want to add graphics – see my previous post.

If you are on platforms other than wordpress or have other ideas of PowerGUI widgets – please post them on your blog and add the link in your comments to this post. Please help us spread the news of PowerShell, PowerGUI and PowerGUI.org to a wider community!

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PowerGUI Blog Badges

The easiest way to promote your favorite PowerShell tool on your blog or website is add one of our PowerGUI.org badges to it. You can borrow the images which Susan posted here or copy/paste the html code from below:

My examples below are for wordpress – this is the platform which I am using and for which I tested these. (Please post your instructions for other platforms.)

Static Images

To add these, add Text widget in your wordpress Dashboard/Appearance/Widgets and paste the corresponding html code:

For PowerShell, I love PowerGUI

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="For PowerShell, I love PowerGUI">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29383-3688/bn1-powergui-200x75.gif" alt="For PowerShell, I love PowerGUI" height="75" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell IDE is PowerGUI

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell IDE is PowerGUI">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29383-3689/bn2-powergui-200x100.gif" alt="My PowerShell IDE is PowerGUI" height="100" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29384-3690/bn1-powergui-200x100.gif" alt="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org" height="100" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29384-3691/bn2-powergui-200x75.gif" alt="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org" height="75" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29388-3695/bn5-powergui-200x75.gif" alt="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org" height="75" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29388-3694/bn3-powergui-200x75.gif" alt="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org" height="75" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org

<p>
<a href="http://powergui.org" title="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org">
<img src="http://powergui.org/servlet/JiveServlet/download/118-9270-29391-3697/bn4-powergui-200x75.gif" alt="My PowerShell community is PowerGUI.org" height="75" width="200" />
</a>
</p>

Instead of PowerGUI.org you can obviously link to a specific forum or even your profile page at PowerGUI.org – just click your username next to your post there to get link to that page. You profile contains whatever information you supplied and links to your latest messages.

Tomorrow I will show how you can create interactive widgets automatically showing your latest messages or threads in our forums.

If you are on platforms other than wordpress or have other ideas of PowerGUI widgets – please post them on your blog and add the link in your comments to this post. Please help us spread the news of PowerShell, PowerGUI and PowerGUI.org to a wider community!

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PowerGUI.org on Twitter

PowerGUI has long been a Twitter tool, but today we got to the next level – its community site PowerGUI.org has started tweeting.

Each time a new question gets posted to any of its major 4 discussion forums: Active Directory and PowerShell, Virtualization and PowerShell, Request a Script, or PowerGUI user discussions – there’s a tweet with a link posted by @PowerGUIorg.

Forums at PowerGUI.org are very active and there is a great community of enthusiasts there helping other every day. I hope that publishing new threads on Twitter will help people get answers even faster – which is what everyone really appreciates when he or she gets stuck with a script. 😉

Please follow @PowerGUIorg and spend a few minutes helping others each time you see a topic which you know well.

AD cmdlets reference updated

I have just updated QAD cmdlets online reference with the help data from version 1.2.

The following new articles got added:

The following parameters got added to existing articles:

PARAMETERS ADDED ON
• Tombstone
• LastKnownParent
• Get-QADComputer
• Get-QADGroup
• Get-QADObject
• Get-QADPasswordSettingsObject
• Get-QADUser
• CreatedOn
• CreatedAfter
• CreatedBefore
• LastChangedOn
• LastChangedAfter
• LastChangedBefore
• Get-QADComputer
• Get-QADGroup
• Get-QADObject
• Get-QADPasswordSettingsObject
• Get-QADUser
• Get-QARSAccessTemplate
• Get-QARSAccessTemplateLink
• Type
• ObjectAttributes
• Name
• DisplayName
• Description
• Anr
• Get-QADGroupMember
• MemberOf
• IndirectMemberOf
• NotMemberOf
• NotIndirectMemberOf
• Get-QADComputer
• Get-QADGroup
• Get-QADObject
• Get-QADUser
• ContainsMember
• ContainsIndirectMember
• NotContainsMember
• NotContainsIndirectMember
• Get-QADGroup

P.S. For those interested: I have used my old out-wiki script and created another one – post-wiki – which actually posts the files to the wiki site. This was incredibly cool to watch but I probably won’t publish it so I don’t help someone do something stupid against our wiki or any other MediaWiki site such as Wikipedia.

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Impoved PowerGUI.org site search

powergui.org-site-searchFinally the last big item from last year’s community feedback got satisfied. We’ve finished integrating PowerGUI.org web site with a search appliance and now you will hopefully have much easier time locating information on the website.

The search works across the whole site: including the forums, wiki, and even PowerPacks. And if you select the “PowerGUI.org and blogs” option the results will include this blog and poshoholic.com – the two PowerGUI-related blogs out there.

I hope this makes PowerGUI.org an even more useful community site. And if you have any other site-related requests – just keep them coming.

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