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10 free open source Minecraft-style games, engines, and servers. There's no denying that Minecraft is a favorite game to millions. And being written in Java enables it to run on a variety of platforms, including Linux. With a huge modding community, there are countless Minecraft tinkerers out there who would love to be able to get under the hood and play around with the source code themselves. Unfortunately, the source is not available to the general public. But there's good news. Minecraft's popularity has led to many attempts to recreate the game, and others in a similar vein, as open source software. Interested in a free Minecraft alternative? Here's a quick look at some of clones and derivatives out there that you really ought to check out.

These projects are in widely varying levels of completion, and serve a number of different goals. Minetest The first game on our list is Minetest. Minetest is open source under the LGPL, and is written primarily in C++ so it's fairly fast compared to some others written in scripting languages. Terasology Voxel.js. Scientists have found a new way to get cancer cells to self-destruct. A newly discovered mechanism causes cancerous cells to kill themselves off, and researchers say it could be particularly effective for aggressive forms of the disease, such as pancreatic cancer.

Once the process is activated by modifying specific proteins inside cancerous tissue, the relentless division that drives the disease is drawn to a halt, causing cancer cells to die off rather than spreading throughout the body. And unlike current cancer treatments, this technique leaves the healthy cells alone. Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel observed the effect in cancer cell cultures and human cancer cells transplanted into mice, and the next step is to figure out if this mechanism can also work in the human body. "The discovery of an exclusive mechanism that kills cancer cells without impairing healthy cells, and the fact that this mechanism works on a variety of rapidly proliferating human cancer cells, is very exciting," says lead researcher Malka Cohen-Armon.

CREATING BACKDOORS/REVERSE SHELL WITH METASPLOIT - Coding Security. Metasploit has the ability to create an executable payload. This can be extremely useful if you can get a target machine to run the executable. Attackers often use social engineering, phishing, and other attacks to get a victim to run a payload. If attackers can get their a victim to run a payload, there is no reason for an attacker to find and exploit vulnerable software. Basic Lab Topology Kali Linux 1.10 – (on outside or untrusted simulated environment) IP address: GW: (FW/IPS) Windows 8.1, patched running AV (on inside or trusted simulated environment) IP address: GW: (FW/IPS) Creating a basic backdoor with msfpayload The first thing we will demonstrate is how to create a basic backdoor withmsfpayload.

We will take a look at msfpayload, then we will move towards using msfvenom for the rest of the article. Verify the EXE file has been created. Steps:1. 2. 3. Rustyhann/PowerShell.Oracle: A PowerShell Module for Oracle. Getting Licenses. Thank you for licensing. We appreciate this. The ISESteroids project is based on license revenues. They go back into product development and support. – If you need a quote for licenses, please click here.– If you are an individual, a school, or educational institution, a non-profit organization, or a startup, please select the tab “For Individuals” and choose the “PowerShell Specialist” license. New commercial license Commercial Licenses are available for companies and organizations that require the software for general commercial use. To get a quote, click here. * includes all future updates to ISESteroids 2.0. New personal license Personal licenses are substantially discounted Enterprise licenses open to individuals (natural persons).

Please review the “Who qualifies” section if you feel uncertain whether this license is for you. For Startups Less than 10 employees? For Microsoft MVPs For Private Home Users You can’t afford a license at all? ISESteroids. ISESteroidsTM is a truly revolutionary new add-on for the Windows PowerShell ISE editor. It really is an awesome PowerShell add-on. Neat, clean & REALLY useful.Ben Wilkinson You love the PowerShell ISE editor because it is lightweight and fast? But you are missing a lot of professional features? Then ISESteroids is perfect for you! No need to install additional software. Sophisticated Variable Monitor, Real-Time Squiggles, And AutoFix in Status Bar ISESteroids is a PowerShell module, not a separate application. Turning PowerShell ISE Into Professional Editor ISESteroids turns the ISE editor into one of the most spectacular, sophisticated and slick PowerShell development tools available. You might enjoy this little feature tour writeup: Feature Tour at

Real-Time Context Help With “Hover-over-Parameter” Help and Multiple Keyword Selection Test for yourself, hands-on: download ISESteroids and enjoy a full-featured free trial ride: Download ISESteroids Now Order License. Querying an Oracle database from Powershell – The Accidental Developer. Import the SQLPS Module | Microsoft Docs. Before You Begin After importing the sqlps module into Windows PowerShell, you can then: Interactively run Windows PowerShell commands.

Run Windows PowerShell script files. Run SQL Server cmdlets. Use the SQL Server provider paths to navigate through the hierarchy of SQL Server objects. Note The verbs used in the names of two SQL Server cmdlets (Encode-Sqlname and Decode-Sqlname) do not match the approved verbs for Windows PowerShell. Security By default, Windows PowerShell runs with the scripting execution policy set to Restricted, which prevents running any Windows PowerShell scripts. Load the sqlps Module To load the sqlps module in Windows PowerShell Use the Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet to set the appropriate script execution policy. Example This example loads the sqlps module with name checking turned off. # Import the SQL Server Module. [[Top]]() See Also. Restart Computer. Restarts ("reboots") the operating system on local and remote computers. DefaultSet (Default) Restart-Computer [-DcomAuthentication <AuthenticationLevel>] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel>] [-WsmanAuthentication <String>] [-Protocol <String>] [[-ComputerName] <String[]>] [[-Credential] <PSCredential>] [-Force] [-Wait] [-Timeout <Int32>] [-For <WaitForServiceTypes>] [-Delay <Int16>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>] AsJobSet Restart-Computer [-AsJob] [-DcomAuthentication <AuthenticationLevel>] [-Impersonation <ImpersonationLevel>] [[-ComputerName] <String[]>] [[-Credential] <PSCredential>] [-Force] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>] The Restart-Computer cmdlet restarts the operating system on the local and remote computers.

This cmdlet requires Windows PowerShell remoting only when you use the AsJob parameter in a command. Example 1: Restart the local computer PS C:\> Restart-Computer This command restarts the local computer. -AsJob -ComputerName -Confirm. PowerShell for SQL Server Essentials : Donabel Santos : 9781784391492. Bookdepository. Install SQL Server PowerShell | Microsoft Docs. SQL Server Setup automatically configures PowerShell components. Installing SQL Server PowerShell Support You install the software that provides SQL Server support for Windows PowerShell by using SQL Server Setup. When you select any SQL Server features that require PowerShell support Setup installs the following SQL Server PowerShell components: The SQL Server PowerShell snap-ins.

The snap-ins are dll files that implement two types of Windows PowerShell support for SQL Server: A set of SQL Server cmdlets. Cmdlets are commands that implement a specific action. For example, Invoke-Sqlcmd runs a Transact-SQL or XQuery script that can also be run by using the sqlcmd utility, and Invoke-PolicyEvaluation reports whether SQL Server objects comply with policy-based management policies.

See Also SQL Server PowerShell. Import the SQLPS Module | Microsoft Docs. Create PowerShell Top-Down ETL Process – I | Max Trinidad – The PowerShell Front. Series 1 – Collecting files These last few months I’ve been working in create a ETL process in PowerShell to replace a DOS batch process that collect a Report Server third-party application log data. During my analysis of how this DOS process works I discover this process was losing data, The log records in contains different type of records making the number of columns varying between 12 to 15.

At the same time losing data due to using the SQL Server BCP utility to bulk copy data in a SQL Server data. Here is were the magic of PowerShell brings to the table. This is our chance to be creative. Collecting Log Data In its basic form, we need to connect to the report server and access their log folder. You can use the Cmdlet “New-PSDrive” to define your drive letter mapped to your log folder. Keep in mind, as you possibly going for more than one server, you will top remove and map the drive again. We created drive letter T: and so now we removed it from you session. Building your CSV files. Microsoft SQL PowerShell Continnium | Max Trinidad – The PowerShell Front. Yes! By now you all heard the news. SQL Server 2016 July update will include 25 new cmdlets for SQL PowerShell under the new module named SQLServer. Now, you need to know that this only with the installation of the “Microsoft Sql Server Management Studio” (MSSMS) available as an option on the SQL Server 2016 installation disk.

Its a separate download. This link will take you to the following web page: Interesting to know that the SQLPS module hasn’t been renamed (just changed), as its still loaded on the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\130\Tools\PowerShell\Modules\SQLPS” folder. But, don’t worry about having SQLPS conflicts with the SqlServer cmdlets. Now, during my SQLServer 2016 new instance installation (No MSSMS) on a new image, I notice that SQLPS module get installed.

You can verify all the modules you have installed on your machine by typing this simple oneliner: get-module -ListAvailable | Select name,path | sort name or. Create PowerShell Top-Down ETL Process – II | Max Trinidad – The PowerShell Front. Series 2 – Building your data object In the first part of the series we mapped to a server folder, and merge all needed log text files into a CSV type. Now, we need to analize the data we have collected so we can determine the correct course of action. This way we can work in creating our script solution to load this information in a SQL Server table. Before analyzing our data we are going to create our data by creating a PowerShell object using the “Import-Csv” cmdlet. Keep in mind, if your CSV file is on a network drive then you’ll need to point to the folder. Creating your CSV data object is easy. The above sample gives you a look on what’s possible to do with such a command line in the script.

PowerShell Object Column headers If you notice, in the above cmdlet the where-clause I’m selecting to use the Column1 property instead of a reasonable label. Now, using the cmdlet “Import-Csv” using the parameter “-Header”, you can define a list columns when you build the $Logdata object. Create PowerShell Top-Down ETL Process III | Max Trinidad – The PowerShell Front. On previous blog we have collect some data and built our .NET PowerShell object which is going to be loaded into our SQL Server. In this final section we are completing the process of loading the data into SQL Server. We need to make sure we got our Database and table previously created and ready to receive our data.

For this process we’ll need to create 3 functions: 1. ConnectTo-SQLServer 2. Load-LogRecord 3. Of course we could do everything in one long script file. In order to connect to SQL Server, we’ll be using straight SMO classes to load the data. I’m keeping the functions in a basic level hardcoding some the PSObject variables instead of using parameter names. Function – ConnectTo-SQLServer Using SMO with a few lines of code we connect to a SQL Server engine. You will notice the use the of “$global:variablename” with some of the variable objects created. Function – Load-logRecord Function – Process-PSObjectToSQL This is the heart of loading the data.

Executing the process. An interview with PowerShell expert Bruce Payette. During the PowerShell Deep Dive at The Experts Conference (TEC) Europe 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, Aleksandar Nikolic, one of the editors of the PowerShell Magazine, conducted a series of short video interviews with PowerShell experts. All of them were asked the same three questions: What is your favourite feature in PowerShell v3? Is there anything that you are still missing in PowerShell?

How do you see the future of PowerShell and what could be done to ensure faster adoption of PowerShell? As you can see, he’s cheated a little, and asked them four questions. We hope you will enjoy the interviews as much as we have enjoyed being at the first European PowerShell Deep Dive conference. The PowerShell Experts video series continues with the interview with Bruce Payette, Principal Developer with the PowerShell product team and the man behind the most famous PowerShell book — Windows PowerShell in Action! Like this: Like Loading... BrucePay (Bruce Payette) Open source PowerShell on Windows, Linux, and OS X! This article was co-authored by Bartek Bielawski and Ben Gelens. Windows PowerShell is a powerful tool, but it always had one very serious limitation: it was possible to run it only on Windows. There had been several attempts to change that, including projects like Pash. However, without support from PowerShell Team these projects had very little chance of catching up with a platform that was growing with each release of PowerShell on Windows.

Almost two years ago in November 2014 when it was announced that .NET Core will become open source project available for multiple platforms including Linux. PowerShell on Linux As you can see this announcement is huge – not only you can freely read and change the code of the PowerShell itself, you can build it and run it almost anywhere. Sudo yum install powershell-6.0.0_alpha.9-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm PS /home/bielawb> rpm -qR powershell libunwind libicu rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1 rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1 Summary Like this: Visual studio code. Windows PowerShell Tip: The String’s the Thing. Here’s a quick tip on working with Windows PowerShell. These are published every week for as long as we can come up with new tips. If you have a tip you’d like us to share or a question about how to do something, let us know.

The String’s the Thing One thing that separates Windows PowerShell from other shells (in particular the typical Unix shell) is this: while most operating system shells are text-based, Windows PowerShell is object-based. As you might expect, there are pros and cons to these two different approaches; as a general rule, however, it’s fair to say that Windows PowerShell requires much less text and string manipulation than its fellow operating system shells. So does that mean that you never have to do text and string manipulation in Windows PowerShell? $a = "Scripting Guys" $b = "scripting guys" Comparing Two String Values So what kind of things do you need to do with string values?

When we run this command and echo back the value of $d we get the following: What’s that? Beginning with PowerShell and Word | Learn Powershell | Achieve More. PowerShell Magazine. PowerShell/PowerShell: PowerShell for every system! Maximum number of Acronyms | Richard Siddaway's Blog. Bookdepository. 10 Best Windows PowerShell Books. Installing PowerShell v5? Be a Little Careful, OK? PowerShell v5 | Richard Siddaway's Blog.