How to use a specific TLS/SSL certificate or thumbprint for your outgoing HTTPS requests using PowerShell.
In this post I show you how you can use PowerShell to install Windows Updates. Quickly and silently. This makes the use of PSWindowsUpdate module perfect for your day to day automation. The module even supports scheduling (on remote computers too!), it has the ability to search WSUS and Windows Update for updates, scheduling and performing the download and installation of updates.
Emulate ternary or conditional operator in PowerShell 5. It takes three operands: a condition followed by a question mark (?), then an expression to execute if the condition is truthy followed by a colon (:), and finally the expression to execute if the condition is falsy. This operator is frequently used as an alternative to an if…else statement.
Remove phantom application folders from websites in IIS using PowerShell where the physical path on the filesystem was removed. E.g when the application folder “/test1” in the website example.com should point to z:\sites\example.com\www\test1 but was removed. Here is now.
Using -SeachBase with PowerShell’s Get-ADComputer cmdlet gives faster results when querying Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) with PowerShell. You can use this for your own advantage, here is a little example to speed up AD DS queries.
Install Servicing Stack Updates (SSU) for Windows Server 2012R2, 2016 and Windows Server 2019 using PowerShell, without downtime. Because they must be installed prior to normal Windows Server security updates you can install an SSU anytime you want to during the day. Here’s a small PowerShell example to do so.
This article provides you with a couple of ASP.NET to SQL Server connectionstring examples for ODBC and OLE DB. And as a bonus for ASP to SQL Server, MySQL, and SSL encrypted connections too.
Whenever you need to test your ASP.NET connection to your MySQL database, using ODBC, you can use the following C# test script. Currently it uses MySQL ODBC 8.0 Unicode Driver, but you can easily change the version used. As a bonus it prints some connection information and it requires an SSL connection to your MySQL database (SslMode=REQUIRED).
Here is how to use Get-Item and Get-ItemProperty in PowerShell to perform and streamline day to day tasks like installing or updating software based on file versions. Working with PowerShell’s Get-ItemProperty to get file attributes may boost your work productivity. It’s often easier to getting things done if you have a more generic way of doing something. I also address changing timestamps on files in short.
With PHP 7.1, some PHP web applications fail because of deprecated code usage. This may result in an error message like  operator not supported for strings for various Joomla, WordPress and Drupal components. Here’s how to fix this code for PHP 7.1+.