Don Jones

Tech | Career | Musings

My latest book, Instructional Design for Mortals, is now available on Amazon. Previously available on Leanpub, it’s now exclusive to Amazon in order to make it available to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited. There are paperback and Kindle versions available. If you previously purchased it on Leanpub, you can still download the final version in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI from them.

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This past Monday, I asked you to collect the news headlines – just the headlines – that you spent time reading/listening to/watching this week. On Wednesday, I asked you to continue, but to also add some kind of mark indicating whether each headline made you happy or sad, or whether you agreed or disagreed, or something like that. By now, you should have a list of those right in front of you. Ready to wrap up the game?

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Nadine writes:

I’ve been an Exchange administrator for over a decade, but my company’s now moving to Office 365. I have two colleagues who help me manage Exchange and we’ve been told they’re only keeping one of us. How do I pick something new to focus on? How do you handle it when a technology you’ve managed for ever basically goes away and you’ve got nothing?

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This past Monday, I asked you to make a note of the news headlines you “consumed” so far this week. If you’ve not done so, there’s still time – continue collecting the news headlines that you read until Friday this week. If you’re viewing or listening to news instead of reading, that’s fine – just note the topic in a way that’ll make it memorable to you. And encourage friends and colleagues to join in! But there’s a bit more to do in order to make this fun:

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Javier writes:

Suppose I have a Windows service in a productive environment that does some kind of work. It’s secured and everything, and I have a very limited way of interact with it to maybe adjust its configuration or perform a maintenance work on it.

I thought it would be awesome if I could use Powershell to tap into that services and be able to check for internal objects and maybe change some configuration on the fly.

The idea would be to host a Powershell inside the service, easy job, create a runspace and a pipeline in which specific objects are exposed in the form of variables, no problem, and then be able to run Powershell code in that pipeline.

Easy done if the service had a GUI or if it was interactive in some way so it would just ask for an input, and I could push that input into the pipeline and maybe display the info from the returned PSObject. But, no GUI at all and neither I would like for it to have it. I made a proof of concept using a REST kind of interface to pass along the powershell code and execute it in the pipeline, and the look of it was really promising.

Now, since Powershell is built thinking of remoting, I was wondering if there could be some way of creating a remote session to invoke commands but not on the Powershell environment of the computer, but in the pipeline of the Powershell hosted inside my windows service.

There are tons of examples of Powershell self hosting applications but none takes remoting into consideration, from the server perspective. I’m not sure what was the intention in being able to host a powershell engine on a .NET application, but I think it would only be natural if I could initiate a remote connection to that engine, don’t you?

I don’t know if I’m terribly misguided. If that would be the case, what would be in your opinion the best way to use Powershell to interact with a windows service? Something like the way we use powershell to interact and configure Exchange for example.

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From the PowerShell Facebook group.

I think everyone views “blogging” as “writing a book” and it doesn’t need to be. It’s electronic. It’s short-form. I often use blog posts as a way of getting my thoughts in order and gathering feedback, prior to writing something more “permanent” like a book.

Rodney, thanks for posting that on Facebook ;). I hope lots of folks realize that they can “give back” without it needing to be a major weeks-long effort. Just share the process!