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.Net is Open Source. Why do I care?

If you're a .Net developer and an Open Source enthusiast, these past couple of weeks have been really exciting for you. .Net CLR and core libraries have been relicensed under the MIT license, and they've announced a forthcoming .Net CoreRT that will be truly cross platform: Windows, Linux, OSX. All these projects have been moved under the .Net Foundation with a patent promise and code hosted on Github. This is real Open Source, not just an Open Source component that you can only run on a closed platform; you can run commercially supported .Net on a fully open stack. That is awesome!

Setting AD Group Managers with PowerShell

From time to time you may want to deligate control of an AD security group to an unprivileged user. Business people like this because it allows them to be in control of resources they consume, IT people like this because we don't have to handle support tickets to add people to a group. Ok, we can all agree that this may be a good idea; now lets say you want to automate this process. PowerShell has great AD integration and if that doesn't work it's just LDAP right? Well kind of, I'll show you what I mean by that.

Leaky PowerShell

When writing a Powershell script that will be running for an extended period of time, you should be aware of how to scope your variables to be garbage collection friendly. PowerShell itself is written on the .Net framework butits GC is a bit different.

Roy Underhill's Opinion of Power Tools

On the MWA Podcast when asked about a Unisaw (power saw) his response was, "Real men use alcohol powered tools."

DFS links with PowerShell/.Net Native Interop

So as a follow up to my previous post about enumerating DFS namespaces with C#, here's a PowerShell wrapper around that function. It's implemented as a PowerShell advanced function with some Get-Help documentation. I hope you find it useful. (If you don't see any code below, try refreshing, Github can be hit or miss)