Posey's Tips & Tricks

How To Create Pipeline Chain Operators in PowerShell 7

Represented by the pipe symbol (found on the backslash key on most keyboards), the PowerShell pipeline allows one command's output to be treated as input for another command.

How PowerShell 7 Makes Better Sense of Error Messages

Earlier versions of PowerShell only had one way to display errors, and it wasn't always the most helpful. Microsoft's support of the Get-Error cmdlet in PowerShell 7 makes error messages much more useful.

Performing a Windows File History Backup

It won't do what most third-party backup solutions can, but Windows File History, a relic from Windows 8.1, does a reasonably good job of protecting Windows 10 data.

Expanded Data Types: Microsoft Excel's Most Significant New Feature in Years

Beyond just crunching budgets, Microsoft's recent Excel overhaul will give it the intelligence to recognize over 100 new data categories and process information in ways that were previously unimagined.

3 Ways Microsoft Can Improve Planner

Microsoft Planner is an indispensable tool, but it still has room for improvement. Here are the features that Microsoft should add to make Planner even better than it already is.

Outlook Search Hacks To Cut Through the E-Mail Clutter

When a simple keyword search can't find the e-mail you're looking for, it's time to break out one (or a couple) of Outlook's many search operators. Here are a few of the most useful ones.

'Windows 12' Is Not What You Think It Is

Reports of a Windows 10 successor in the wild have been greatly exaggerated. Brien digs into what's really going on with the rumored "Windows 12."


IT's Post-Pandemic Future: The Lasting Impact of the Remote Work Surge

As business restrictions slowly begin to lift, IT pros face a new landscape similar to the BYOD boom -- but instead of new devices, they'll be dealing with new logistics.

Ridding Your Outlook Calendar of Unwanted Meetings

There's no perfect solution (yet) for Outlook calendar clutter. In the meantime, though, here's a workaround to make Outlook hide any meetings that you haven't accepted.

How To Use PowerShell To Fix Hyper-V Virtual Disk Chains

Problem: Mounting a Hyper-V virtual hard disk outside of the VM breaks the VM. Solution: PowerShell.

How To Track Down Hyper-V VM Errors

Occasionally, Hyper-V's error alerts raise more questions than answers. Here's how to clear up these mystery errors.

How To Use .CSV Files with PowerShell, Part 2

In the second part of this series, Brien shows how to import a .CSV file into a PowerShell array, including two methods for zooming in on just the specific data you need and filtering out the rest.

How To Use .CSV Files with PowerShell, Part 1

When it comes to bulk administration, few things are handier than .CSV files. In this two-part series, Brien demos his top techniques for working with .CSV files in PowerShell. First up: How to create a .CSV file.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X: It's Like the Surface RT, But Better

There's a lot about the Surface Pro X that's reminiscent of the ill-fated Surface RT. But despite the similarities, this might just be one of the rare cases where the sequel is better than the original.

Why You Should Back Up Office 365 Before Changing Subscriptions

Upgrading to a higher-level Office 365 subscription plan like E5 should be safe. But downgrading to a less costly subscription plan (for example, going from E5 to F1) is more likely to put your organization's data at risk.