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PowerShell direct, very cool feature

The last couple of weeks I delivered several custom PowerShell trainings and playing with PowerShell gave me the idea to write something about one om my favorite new features of Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10….. namely PowerShell direct. Actually you can also say that it is a new Hyper-V option… First of all PowerShell is getting more and more important and I experienced that my students got more and more enthusiastic once they saw the possibilities PowerShell offers. Ok, PowerShell direct offers you the option to connect from a Hyper-V host to a VM on that host using for instance PowerShell remoting. There are also other commands you can use that are using PowerShell direct and that are not PSRemoting cmdlets. When you use PSRemoting cmdlets, the WinRM service does not have to run. PowerShell remoting and the possibilities it offers is probably the most powerful feature of PowerShell there is in my opinion. With PowerShell direct…

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Migration to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with migration tool or Powershell?

There are still quite some companies that have to migrate their SCCM 2007 environment to Configuration Manager 2012 R2, even though it is 2015 now. One of the important things during a migration are migration of the software packages. The thing with the inbuilt migration tool is that packages will be migrated to … packages. Not what I would want, because I would like to use applications or better said, the application model. In the trainings that I give I always say that you should use the application model and move away from the legacy packages (unless really not possible). In a migration scenario where you use the inbuilt tool, you first have to migrate your packages to packages in CM 2012 R2 and then convert the packages to applications with a conversion plug-in. Both steps might require extra actions depending on the situation before migration can start. The idea to…

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