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  • Blog Post: Use the BSonPoSH PowerShell Module to Simplify AD Tasks

    Summary : Learn how to use the BSonPoSH Windows PowerShell module to simplify Active Directory management tasks. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am wondering if there are any modules that can help me with routine, daily administration tasks. I really hate to re-invent the wheel, so if you can point the way...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Scripting Games Beginner Event 8: Is Computer Desktop or Laptop?

    Summary : In Beginner Event 8, you are required to determine if a computer is a desktop computer or a laptop computer. About this event Division Beginner Date of Event 4/11/2012 12:01 AM Due Date 4/18/2012 12:01 AM ...
  • Blog Post: Create a Custom Object from WMI by Using PowerShell

    Summary : Create a custom object from WMI to display processor and operating system information using Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! Your script yesterday was pretty cool. However, in addition to obtaining information about the processor, I also need to know operating system is 32-bit...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell and WMI to Get Processor Information

    Summary : Learn how to get the number of processor cores via WMI and Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to perform an audit of computers on our network. Specifically, I am tasked with obtaining CPU information. I need the processor speed, number of cores, and number of logical processors...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find and Uninstall Software

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to get software installation locations, and to uninstall software from remote computers. Hey, Scripting Guy! We have a dumb application that we have to use at work. The company has released a new version of this application, and I am trying to write a...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Change the Screensaver Timeout Value?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Can I use a script to change the timeout value for the screensaver on a computer? -- JN Hey, JN. For some reason, Microsoft’s scripting technologies come up a little short any time you’re talking about Windows settings and components, things like screensavers, wallpaper, the Taskbar...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Get Just the User Name When Using the Win32_ComputerSystem Class?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I’m using the Win32_ComputerSystem class to get the name of the logged-on user. The name comes back formatted like this: Domain\Name . How can I extract just the user name? -- KW Hey, KW. As our much-beloved and highly-respected editor reminded us the other day, instead of spending...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Create a Shortcut in My Network Places?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I create a shortcut in My Network Places? -- KP Hey, KP. You’ll have to excuse us if we sound a little out of breath; we’ve been running around like crazy looking for a complicated and highly-technical solution to this problem. It was only after we failed miserably in that...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Change the Description for a Computer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! When I use Windows Explorer to connect to a remote computer, I can see a description of that computer in the Details pane. How can I change the description for a computer? -- GF Hey, GF. Just to make sure everyone is clear what we’re talking about, we are not talking about the...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Scripting Games Advanced Event 9: Perform an Inventory

    Summary : In Advanced Event 9, you are required to perform a hardware inventory and write the information to an XML file. About this event Division Advanced Date of Event 4/12/2012 12:01 AM Due Date 4/19/2012 12:01 AM ...
  • Blog Post: The 2011 Scripting Games Advanced Event 5: Use PowerShell to Determine Upgrade to Windows 7 Eligibility

    Summary : Advanced Event 5 of the 2011 Scripting Games uses Windows PowerShell to determine if a computer is upgradable to the Windows 7 operating system. About this event Division Advanced Date of Event 4/8/2011 12:15 AM Due Date ...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Hide My Desktop Wallpaper?

    I give a lot of presentations, and the background picture of my baby alpaca, while fascinating to me, probably does not have the same level of attraction to my clients. I know I can mouse around and change the desktop picture to some bland color, but I prefer to run a script and make the change because...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Tell if the Screen Saver is Active?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I tell if the screen saver is active and, if so, how long it has been running? -- MS Hey, MS. Interesting question; we don’t think we’ve ever been asked that before. And at first it had us stumped; after all, there aren’t any WMI classes or COM objects for managing the...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Have Computer Configuration Information Written to an HTML File?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to obtain some basic configuration information from my computers on the network. It would be nice if the script would write the output in an HTML file that we could copy to our internal Web server. This would give us easy access to the information. Whadda ya say? - JE Hi...