Visual Studio Code – Solution Explorer .Net Core

July 31, 2018

If you don’t want to run all the command line command of DotNet Core like here.

You can start using the Visual Studio Code for .NET Core with the VSCode Solution Explorer




Install and Reload




Go to menu VIEW => EXPLORER


Create a new Project file from the START page


You can see the command it ran, in the Debug window.



Next it it ask you to open up a TEMPLATE file in the bottom right corner


Click YES

It will open the TEMPLATE Window to choose from :


It that did not open the Template window you can trigger it manually here.

Right click on the Solution file => Add New Project


Follow the questions asked and it will create a new Project from the Template and Programming Language chosen.

Again the commands show up in the Debug Window


As you can see it created nicely the new .Net Core Project



Benefit of this extension is that you don’t need to run all the command manually.

And you don’t need to install a ton of software like Visual Studio on your machine …. Smile


You can also add .NET Core Test Explorer Extension to VS Code for Unit testing


More extensive info you can find over here

Enjoy !


Visual Studio Code – How to run PowerShell or AutoIT

July 25, 2018

What is Visual Studio Code (VSCode) ?

Visual Studio Code is a cross platform source code editor for Windows, Linux and macOS, that support a multitude of programming and scripting languages.




And more using extension …


More then 1700 extensions available, only for Code language alone …


Install VSCode :


VSCode Architecture ?

VS Code is fully decoupled from the specific debugger and this architecture allows VS Code to debug anything, as long as there’s a Debug Adapter available, as illustrated here:



Why using VSCode ?

If you don’t want to use the full blown Visual Studio, which is a ton of software on you computer !

But still want to have the syntax highlighting, code intellisense, and more then VSCode is the real deal for you.

Big community and training videos


Extensions ?

There are many extensions available that gives VSCode extra functionality…

On of them is running code inside VSCode, like PowerShell and AutoIT, and hundreds of many more !

So you don’t need to use the PowerShell ISE or SciTE anymore, keeping all different code development & debugging in 1 tool Smile


Solution :

1. install the PS Code extension:


2. Restart VS Code


3. Test a PS Script

Open a PS1 script and press F5.


See here for more info :


The same goes for AutoIT Smile

1. Install the extension

2. Restart VSCode

3. Test a au3 Script

Keyboard Shortcuts :

  • Run Script: F5
  • AutoIt Check: Ctrl+F5
  • Compile Script: Ctrl+F7
  • Build Script: F7
  • Run AutoIt Help: Ctrl+F1
  • Run Au3Info: Ctrl+F6
  • Debug to MsgBox: Ctrl+Shift+D
  • Debug to Console: Alt+D
  • Run Koda: Alt+M



More info on how to Configure VSCode :



Windows Core IoT – Stop Cortana process

July 21, 2018

When running the latest version of Windows IoT, it will install the Cortana service as well …

Which can take quite some unnecessary memory and CPU from your little RPI3 Sad smile

This way you can find out how to stop it manually, because there is no way you can do it at boot time ?

When starting Windows IoT you can see the Cortana process is running :


If you select STOP you notice it doesn’t stop from the first time ?

You need to repeat it multiple times….

Uninstalling did not work, IoT crashed afterwards and stopped working.

Let’s see if we can find a different way ?

We will make use of some command line tools, see here :

First lets list all processes using TLIST.EXE


You will notice you won’t find anything related to Cortana at first sight…

Let’s run TLIST.EXE –v


Just like to the full Windows 10 you find out that SearchUI.exe is hosting the Cortana process.

Let’s try to kill it now using the KILL.EXE command :


Using the Process ID or the Process Name …

Indeed the process stopped immediately.


I noticed that after a while the process starts again automatically ?

So now we can quickly kill it again when needed.

Enjoy !

PowerShell Core – Installation on Windows 10 – Ubuntu WSL

July 4, 2018

Here you can find the correct installation instructions for Ubuntu 16 (and many more like Raspbian, …)

1. Open Bash on Windows 10


2. Install PowerShell Core

These are the commands needed to get it installed.

# Import the public repository GPG keys
curl | sudo apt-key add -

# Register the Microsoft Ubuntu repository
sudo curl -o /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft.list

# Update the list of products
sudo apt-get update

# Install PowerShell
sudo apt-get install -y powershell

# Start PowerShell

3. Installation process

It looks like this on Windows 10 – Bash


4. Test PowerShell


5. Let’s connect to O365 – Exchange Online




Other Commands

Make sense work fine … Get-Service doesn’t work because it is a Windows Command Winking smile


All seems OK Smile

Enjoy !

PowerShell Core – How to install the Windows Compatibility Pack

July 3, 2018

First find the correct PowerShell Core Module

Find-Module -Name PSCoreWindowsCompat | ft -a 


As you can see it only runs on Windows x64 bit !


Keep in mind that this Windows Compatibility Pack is a Temporary solution from MS, and will not stay forever :

Windows Compatibility Pack for .NET Core is not a permanent solution which will stay in codebase forever. Intention of the pack is to build a temporary bridge, allowing adoption of .NET Core to a greater extend. However, in the long term the goal stays the same – replace outdated APIs and features of .NET with newer .NET Standard-compatible alternatives.

You can download it before installing using this command

Save-Module -Name PSCoreWindowsCompat -Repository PSGallery -Path C:\Temp\ -Force 


Or install it directly

Install-Module -Name PSCoreWindowsCompat -Repository PSGallery -Verbose -Force 


As you can see it needs Administrator Privileges



Import the Module PSCoreWindowsCompat

Import-Module -Name PSCoreWindowsCompat 


You have to use the DotNet Classes instead of Cmdlets.

For instance the Compatibility pack contains the System.DirectoryServices so you can script against AD.

Like this :

$dom = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain()

$root = $dom.GetDirectoryEntry()

$search = [System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher]$root

$search.Filter = "(&(objectclass=user)(objectcategory=user))"

$search.SizeLimit = 3000

$result = $search.FindAll()

foreach ($user in $result){



Compared to Windows PowerShell

Get-ADUser -Filter * | select DistinguishedName 


But it works perfectly … Smile



For .Net Core Applications see here :

Run this command :

dotnet add package Microsoft.Windows.Compatibility –version 2.0.0

Enjoy !

PowerShell Core – Connecting to O365 Exchange Online

July 3, 2018

Now that we have PowerShell running on Windows 10… let’s see if we can get use it to get access to O365 Exchange Online.


First you need to load the MSOnline Windows PowerShell  Modules in PowerShell Core.

This is done using these 3 Lines :

Install-Module WindowsPSModulePath -Force -Scope CurrentUser 

Import-Module MsOnline



If you don’t use the first 2 lines you will get an error. Because PS Core doesn’t have the MSOline Module available.

So we grab it from the Windows PowerShell.


let’s set the credentials

$UserCredential = Get-Credential


Next create the remote session to load the module


$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session



Test it using some commands





For Mac see here :

For the other O365 Services see here :

Enjoy !

PowerShell Core – Running on Windows IoT using a RPI3

July 2, 2018

As mentioned on this post

I was planning to test PowerShell Core on Windows IoT running on an ARM platform using RPI3….

PS Core Version 6.x claims to be a cross platform Smile

It is still experimental as mentioned here :

So let’s take a look :

1. Download the correct ZIP

Windows IoT running on RPI3 is a 32bit version (if you are using the free version)


2. Open the ZIP

This contains all the modules needed to run on your RPI3


Extract and copy all files over to your destination RPI3 folder.



For example c:\pscore


3. Setup Remoting on RPI3

Run this command and see PS notes :

You’ll get an error message and will be disconnected from the device because it has to restart WinRM




# Be sure to use the -PowerShellHome parameter otherwise it'll try to create a new
# endpoint with Windows PowerShell 5.1
.\Install-PowerShellRemoting.ps1 -PowerShellHome .
# You'll get an error message and will be disconnected from the device because it has to restart WinRM


4. Connect to the PS Core on your RPI3

# Be sure to use the -Configuration parameter.  If you omit it, you will connect to Windows PowerShell 5.1
Enter-PSSession -ComputerName <deviceIp> -Credential Administrator -Configuration powershell.6.0.2



5. How to run Windows PowerShell modules in PowerShell Core

Run these 2 commands to get access to the Windows PS modules


Install-Module WindowsPSModulePath -Force -Scope CurrentUser 




Or this way for a custom module

Import-Module "C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoIt3\AutoItX\AutoItX.psd1"
Get-Command *au3*




6. Test PS Core on your RPI3


All runs as expected Smile


But keep in mind that not all functions are supported (yet)



Even if it says so see help Sad smile



Running PowerShell Core on Linux or Mac see here to get started :

Enjoy !