Tag: Scripting

PowerShell Profile

Posted by on August 31, 2018 | No comments

Not a lot of people make use of this fantastic feature of PowerShell.

Did you ever with that when you started PowerShell a bunch of modules were loaded, and some stuff you have to run every time was already run and configured?

This is where the power of the PowerShell profile comes in handy. You can read more about profiles and how to differentiate profiles for users or between PowerShell CLI/ISE here. This information is still reasonably current.

A few months ago, inspired by a conversation on Twitter about profiles, I finally setup a few comment aliases and handy functional shortcuts in my profile.

I’ve since tidied it up and modularised it a fair bit, and decided to release it publicly. This has also been a bit of an experiment with using Git for version control as in years gone by I was a devout user of Subversion. I’ve used git before, but only in terms of Visual Studio, where a lot of it’s functionality is hidden.

So, where can you get your hands on a copy? You can head over to the Github project I’ve created and there are some simple install commands over there if you don’t want to go to the hassle of downloading and extracting a zip file.

https://github.com/arricc/PSProfile

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Upgrading Office from 2010 to 2013 using SCCM

Posted by on January 2, 2015 | 4 comments

New year – new drive to try and keep updating my blog…

I’ve recently been exploring the challenges in our environment around upgrading from Office 2010 to Office 2013 using System Center Configuration Manager and thought it would make a good blog post.

I’m NOT going to cover creating a 2013 package/application for SCCM deployment as this has been done extensively elsewhere.

What I am going to cover is the install script for Office 2013 taking into account some of the specific environmental issues I face.

We have over 100 sites spread all over the global. The majority of these are small (<10 machines), with no onsite servers, connected via VSAT and so suffer from low bandwidth and high latency connectivity. As such, the prospect of re-copying my Office 2010 install package AND my Office 2013 package was not attractive. Especially as once all of the updates, SP1 and language packages had been included in the base install it exceeded 5Gb in size…
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