Scottish Powershell and Devops User Group May 2017 Meetup

Scottish Powershell and Devops User Group May 2017 Meetup

The second meeting of the Scottish PowerShell User Group will take place on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at our virtual meeting home. Please find the agenda below along with a few other group updates. Agenda Group updates and changes (10 minutes); PSConfEU discussion. As some of you know I attended the PSConfEU conference in Germany last week and I’d like to chat about the talks I went to and the information I picked up (20 - 30 minutes); Learn PowerShell In A Month Of Lunches book review.
First Meeting Of The Scottish PowerShell User Group Announced!

First Meeting Of The Scottish PowerShell User Group Announced!

The first meetup of the Scottish PowerShell User Group has been announced as the 12th of April 2017. As I look to be inclusive as possible to allow anybody in Scotland to attend I want to gather opinions on an online or physical meetup. I’ve put together a poll to find out what everybody wants to do and if you are a member of the meetup you will get a message about that shortly.
PowerShell User Group in Scotland? Register your interest!

PowerShell User Group in Scotland? Register your interest!

The Scottish PowerShell User Group was officially born today! After spending some time reading about all the user groups in the US and in England I thought it was about time we got the same coverage here in Scotland. As an off / on user of PowerShell since 2011, I’ve found myself living in the command line more and more and loving it. If you’ve read my bio you’ll know I started out on the command line so coming back feels like coming home.
EMET and Windows 10: Is EMET Still Needed?

EMET and Windows 10: Is EMET Still Needed?

Back in February, Microsoft released version 5.5 of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). This new release gave us official Windows 10 support. But we waited a long time for that support. Windows 10 was available to the masses in July 2015. But Microsoft has suggested that this new EMET is not necessary for everyone: EMET was released in 2009 as a standalone tool to help enterprises better protect their Windows clients by providing an interface to manage built-in Windows security mitigations while also providing additional features meant to disrupt known attack vectors used by prevalent malware.
Reset WSUS Settings And Use Windows Update

Reset WSUS Settings And Use Windows Update

I was recently reminded that my WSUS server is no longer available on the network. The Windows 8.1 tablet couldn’t find it and as a result couldn’t update to Windows 10. This is how I reset WSUS settings on the tablet and used Windows Update for the future. Removing WSUS settings is easy. You have two options to do so using the Registry or using PowerShell. They both achieve the same thing.
Rename Files with PowerShell

Rename Files with PowerShell

If you’re used to renaming files at the command prompt you might be surprised to discover that to rename files with PowerShell requires a few more keystrokes. To rename files with PowerShell we need to use a scriptblock to construct the new filename: # Change the extensions from .bak to .backup Get-Item '*.bak' | Rename-Item -Newname { $_.name -replace '.bak','.backup' } This will change each file with the extension bak to the extension backup.
Convert VMware VMDK to Hyper-V VHDX

Convert VMware VMDK to Hyper-V VHDX

There are tools such as Solarwinds V2V that convert from one virtual disk format to another. However I wanted to see if it was possible to convert disk formats with PowerShell. You can do it. With Microsoft tools. But unfortunately not directly. The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter is Microsoft’s version of the VMware Virtual Machine Converter. However Microsoft’s tool will not allow you to convert VMware Workstation virtual machines directly and instead forces you to convert the hard disk in PowerShell and setup the new virtual machine in Hyper-V directly and attach the newly converted virtual hard disk.
Surface Pro 3 Updates Provide Better Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Support

Surface Pro 3 Updates Provide Better Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Support

In their Surface Pro 3 October firmware update Microsoft have provided support for the new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover. Many people are ditching their Surface Pro 3 type covers in favour of the new one released with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 last month. But if you are outside of the US, beware. The new type cover, according to much internet chatter, is a major upgrade from the old Surface Pro 3 cover providing a much more solid experience with both keyboard and trackpad.
Surface 3 Update Improves Mobile Broadband Stability

Surface 3 Update Improves Mobile Broadband Stability

If you have a Surface 3 you will be receiving a new firmware update from today to help improve the stability of mobile broadband: The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/18/2015” when you view your update history. Surface Modem Firmware Update (v16.50.17.0) improves mobile broadband network stability (for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T)). Surface Modem Firmware Update (v1521.
New Surface Pro 3 Update Improves Power Usage

New Surface Pro 3 Update Improves Power Usage

As I tweeted about yesterday, Microsoft have released a new firmware update for the Surface Pro 3 which improves power usage when an SD card is being used. The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/15/2015” or “System Hardware Update – 9/15/2015” when you view your update history. USB 3.0 Card Reader driver update (v10.0.10240.31217) improves the system power usage when an SD card is inserted.