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PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code August 2022 Update

We are excited to announce that the August update to the PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available on the extension marketplace. This release adds a walkthrough experience for getting started with PowerShell in VS Code, more regression ... continue reading
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Right Size/Recommend Azure SQL Managed Instance

Introduction When doing SQL Migrations we have some wonderful tools at Microsoft that will assist you with the migration from On-Premise to Azure. But What happens down the line when you need to decide if you made the correct choice ... continue reading
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The many flavours of WMI management

WMI is arguably one of the greatest tools a system administrator can have. You can manage Windows workstations, interact with Microsoft products, like the Configuration Manager, monitor server’s resources and many more. Today, we are going to look at the ... continue reading
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PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code July 2022 Update

We are excited to announce that the July update to the PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available on the extension marketplace. This release renames the “PowerShell Integrated Console” to the “PowerShell Extension Terminal” to align with VS ... continue reading
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Azure Data Studio July Release with VS Code Updates 

Hello, community! As you may already know, Azure Data Studio (ADS) is and has always been focused on building out its own ecosystem of extensions and customized tabs for handling databases, using the UI framework of Visual Studio (VS) Code ... continue reading
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Malicious IIS extensions quietly open persistent backdoors into servers

Attackers are increasingly leveraging Internet Information Services (IIS) extensions as covert backdoors into servers, which hide deep in target environments and provide a durable persistence mechanism for attackers. While prior research has been published on specific incidents and variants, little ... continue reading
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Malicious IIS extensions quietly open persistent backdoors into servers

Attackers are increasingly leveraging Internet Information Services (IIS) extensions as covert backdoors into servers, which hide deep in target environments and provide a durable persistence mechanism for attackers. While prior research has been published on specific incidents and variants, little ... continue reading
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Cheat Sheet – Console Experience

PowerShell can take some getting used to. Especially if you come at it from a different Shell and don’t see any way to get your good old experience back. However, hidden behind that plain white on blue shell, there is ... continue reading

PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code June 2022 Update

We are excited to announce that an update to the PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available on the extension marketplace. This release fixes a number of issues related to IntelliSense and enables updates to PowerShell Editor Services (the ... continue reading

Reading Configuration Manager Status Messages With PowerShell

Q: I can read Configuration Manager status messages using the Monitoring tab. Can I do it using PowerShell? A: Yes you can! We can accomplish this using SQL/WQL queries, plus the Win32 function FormatMessage. Better understanding Status Messages Before we ... continue reading