QuickStart PowerShell on Red Hat

PowerShell On RedHat in five minutes (1)

Configuring PowerShell on RHEL 7

Hey y’all. There are a lot of guides out there to installing PowerShell on Linux, but I found that they expected a BIT more Linux experience than I had.

In this post, I’ll walk you through installing PowerShell on a RHEL 7 machine, assuming you are running a RHEL 7.4 VM on Hyper-V. There are a couple stumbling blocks you might run into, and I know, because I ran into ALL of them.

Real footage of my attempts

Downloading RHEL

Much like Microsoft’s approach to ISO access, Red Hat greedily hordes their installer dvd’s like a classic fantasy dragon. Continue reading


Windows 10 Must-have Customizations

I’ve performed a number of Windows 10 Deployment projects, and have compiled this handy list of must-have customizations that I deploy at build time using SCCM, or that I bake into the image when capturing it.

Hope it helps, and I’ll keep updating it as I find more good things to tweak.

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Building a Windows 10 IoT C# traffic monitor: Part II

Previously ūüĒó, we took off our socks and put our feet into the sand, and wrote our first C# Console application. ¬†We built on it and added the ability to complete a web request and even parsed some JSON as well! ¬†Along the way, we learned a bit of how things work in C# and some background on programming terms and functionality.

In this post, we will take our code and port it over to run on .net core, and hook up the results to the GUI. Stick with me here, and by the end you’ll have a framework you can modify to list your Twitter followers, your Facebook Feed, or monitor your own blog stats as well.

And if you do modify it…

Then share it! ¬†You’ll find a “LookWhatIbuilt” folder in the repository. ¬†You are encouraged to share screenshots, snippets, even your own whole project if you like, by sending a PR. ¬†Once we have a few of these, we’ll do a Spotlight post highlighting some of the cool things people are doing,

Cracking open the IoTDefaultApp

When we imaged our rPi with the Iot Dashboard, it wrote the OS and also delivered the ‘IoT Core Default App’ to the device.¬† It’s pretty slick looking and gives us a very good jumping off point to reskin things and have our app look nice.¬† We can view the code for the ūüĒó¬†Default App here on the MS IoT GitHub¬† .

Since this is ‘babies first application’ we are going to modify this existing app to suit our purposes. ¬†Download the sample from the link above and then double-click the Visual Studio Project ¬†.SLN¬†file. ¬†There’s kind of a lot going on when you first open it, but the file we want to edit is MainPage.XAML.

Over in the Solution Explorer in the right-gutter, expand out to IotCoreDefaultApp \ Views then click MainPage.xaml.

Here is the template we’re going to be modifying.

There’s kind of a lot going on here too, so I recommend that you power on your Pi now and see what the default app looks like, here’s a screen shot… Continue reading

Building a Windows 10 IoT C# traffic monitor: Part I

We’re counting down here at FoxDeploy, about to reach a traffic milestone (1 Million hits!) , and because I am pretty excited and like to celebrate moments like this, I had an idea…

I was originally inspired by MKBHD’s very cool YouTube subscriber tracker device, which you can see in his video here, and thought, boy I would love one of these!

It turns out that this is the La Metric Time, a $200 ‘hackable Wi-Fi clock’. ¬†It IS super cool, and if I had one, I could get this working in a few hours of work. ¬†But $200 is $200.

I then remembered my poor neglected rPi sitting in its box with a bunch of liquid flow control dispensers and thought that I could probably do this with just a few dollars instead(spoiler:WRONG)!

It’s been a LONGGG time since I’ve written about Windows IoT and Raspberry Pi, and to be honest, that’s mostly because I was getting lazy and hated switching my output on my monitor from the PC to the rPi. ¬†I did some googling and found these displays which are available now, and mount directly to your Pi!

Join me on my journey as I dove into c# and buying parts on eBay from shady Chinese retailers and in the end, got it all working.  And try to do it spending less than $200 additional dollars!

Necessary Materials

To properly follow along, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi of your own. Windows 10 IoT will work on either the Raspberry Pi 2B + or Raspberry Pi 3, so that’s your choice but the 3 is cheaper now.¬† Click here for one!

You’ll also need a micro SD card as well, but you probably have one too.¬† Get an 8gb or bigger and make sure it is fast/high-quality like a Class 10 Speed card.

Writing an SD Card is MUCH easier than it was in our previous post.¬† Now, it’s as simple as downloading the ‘IoT Dashboard‘ and following the dead simple wizard for Setting up a new device.¬† You can even embed Wi-Fi Connections so that it will connect to Wi-Fi too, very cool.¬† So, write this SD Card and then plug in your rPi to your monitor or‚Ķ Continue reading

The quest for true silent MDM Enrollment

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’ve seen a¬†lot¬†of posts about MDM and Provisioning Options for Windows 10. ¬†Previously we’ve covered:

And in this post we will dig further into the options available to us to deploy a Provisioning Package with the goal of allowing for silent MDM Enrollment and Silent application of a provisioning package!

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