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Top 10 PowerShell Tips of 2022 (So Far)

Our most-read PowerShell articles included instructions for encrypting scripts, initializing disks, and using If Else statements.

PowerShell endures thanks in large part to its community of passionate users.

Microsoft launched its PowerShell automated task and configuration system back in 2006. Since then, IT professionals have found endless ways to use it. PowerShell doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

At ITPro Today, tech expert Brien Posey regularly publishes how-to articles that highlight PowerShell’s powerful capabilities. Each article includes step-by-step instructions, script examples, and visual demonstrations.

This list runs down the top 10 PowerShell tips by Posey in the first half of 2022.

If you find the tips to be too advanced, we have introductory-level articles for you to learn from. These five can get you started:

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1. How to Encrypt PowerShell Scripts

PowerShell scripts can contain sensitive information that, if fallen into the wrong hands, could be used to do serious damage. Mitigate that risk by encrypting scripts.

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An example of encryption in PowerShell

2. Use PowerShell to Initialize a Disk and Create Partitions

After you bring a new disk online, the next steps are to initialize the disk and create a partition. Brien Posey explains the process.

3. Create If Else Statements in PowerShell

An If Else statement causes PowerShell to perform actions based on whether the specified condition is met.

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An example of an If Else statement in PowerShell

Learn how to use conditional logic tool in PowerShell.

4. How To Use Automatic PowerShell Transcription

Did you know PowerShell can generate transcripts of the commands you enter? Find out about this underutilized feature.

5. How To Use a For Each Loop in PowerShell

Use a For Each loop when you need a script to perform an action against multiple items. Read instructions for this technique, with examples.

6. How To Enable Storage Caching in Windows Server

Windows Server 2022 lets users enable storage caching for Storage Spaces. Here’s detailed PowerShell guidance for setting it up.

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Example of a volume created on a storage pool

7. Windows Server 2022 Features: Adjust Storage Repair Speed

Windows Server 2022 introduced the ability to change storage repair speeds. Posey explains why you might change the storage repair speed and how to do so in PowerShell.

8. Why Can’t PowerShell Session Access My Network Volumes?

PowerShell sometimes fails to recognize network storage volumes. This article tells you why this can happen and how to fix it.

9. Use PowerShell To Find Password-protected Word Documents

When on the hunt for an elusive file on your network, PowerShell can help you track it down. Here’s an example of how Posey located a password-protected Word document.

10. Use PowerShell to Provision Storage Within Windows Server

The Disk Management Console is typically what you would use to provision storage on Windows Server. However, PowerShell offers a better alternative in some cases.

What PowerShell tips and tricks would you like to see? Let us know in the comments, or email us at [email protected].

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