Recently, I received notification from Planet PowerShell that they will be removing blogs that do not support HTTPS as of August 1st. I had forked their repo on GitHub over a year ago, added my blog, and submitted a pull request. I hadn’t touched my fork of their repo since then. It was severely out of date and in an unknown state. Taking a look at it on my system showed my local copy only had one remote which was my fork on GitHub.
To setup the scenario that will be demonstrated in this blog article, a new commit has been pushed to the dev branch of my PowerShell repository on GitHub from a computer named PC01. Then I switched over to using to an alternate computer named PC02 that was up to date prior to that latest commit being pushed to GitHub from PC01. This means that the dev branch of the PowerShell repository on PC02 is one commit behind the remote origin on GitHub.
The goal of this blog article is to configure the PowerShell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) so the management of Git version control can be performed from it. Most tutorials you’ll find will attempt to lead you down the path of using SSH instead of HTTPS to synchronize your repositories to GitHub from the command-line but that’s really over-complicated and unnecessary if you’re using a Windows based machine. The client machine used in this blog article runs the 64 bit version of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition.
In my last blog article, I demonstrated a few Git basics which were all performed on a local repository. Today I’ll pick up where I left off in that blog article and clone my local MrSQL repository to a file server so others can clone it to their machine from there. Git is a distributed version control system and others could simply clone the repository to their machine directly from mine but placing it on a server will give us a more centralized location that’s backed up and one that will always be available to other users.
There’s a lot to Git and there’s tons of information all over the web about it. There’s so much information out there that you might feel overwhelmed when you first start trying to learn what Git is and how to use it. The purpose of this blog article is to help you install Git, teach you a few basics, and point you in the right direction to learn more. I’ll start with a little background information: Back in 2009 when I started blogging on this site, I used the TechNet script repository to share my PowerShell code that I wrote about in my blog articles.