Getting Comfortable with PowerShell

Getting Comfortable with PowerShell – A New Course Series By Linux Academy

The world of IT has been moving towards a new direction. From cloud computing to advancements in big data analytics, administrative environments are becoming daunting daily tasks with increasingly complex challenges. One of the most profound changes occurring in 2016 is the business model approach Microsoft has taken with the open source community. With new leadership, Microsoft has adopted a less constrained engagement model and adapted to its userbase by allowing certain core proprietary technologies to be brought to the open source community. Fresh on the heels of the release of .NET to the open-source community, Microsoft announced it has launched PowerShell 6.0, aka PowerShell Core, to the open-source community and will be available on Linux and Mac clients alike.

So what does this mean for the average administrator – especially one who comes from a UNIX/Linux background? The first and foremost item is this will now introduce a cross-platform tool that can administrator numerous environments simultaneously. (more…)

OpenVPN, OpenSwan, and AWS VPC

The last week or so I have been working on the content of Linux Academy’s new Hybrid AWS Technologies course.  Going through the OpenVPN and OpenSwan lessons I thought it to be the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about how awesome these open source VPN solutions are.

If you’ve gone through any of our AWS courses at the Linux Academy you probably already know that Amazon VPC has built-in functionality that you can use to utilize in order to connect your on-premise network to your VPC instances on the Amazon cloud. But if you’re a business that already uses OpenVPN or an OpenSwan VPN server at your on-premise networks then today I want to talk a little bit about connecting those two environments.

A Look At The Windows Server 2008 Interactive Install

Thanks to member jgrabrian for this screencast on the Windows 2008 Server Interactive Install. This screencast walks you through the basics of installing Windows Server 2008. This is for you if you have never installed Windows 2008 and are looking to learn more about Windows Server 2008. Evaluation editions of Windows 2008 Server are available at and allow you to follow these on your own machine if you’ve never done so.