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  • Blog Post: PowerShell Best Practices: Advanced Functions

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about best practices for Windows PowerShell advanced functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning, I am again enjoying a cup of my Darjeeling Earl Grey tea. Today I added a bit of rose petal, lemon grass, and a cinnamon stick...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Best Practices: Simple Scripting

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about Windows PowerShell best practices for simple scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. "Heyyyyy! Script it, baby!" The words of Scripting Cmdlet Style continue to echo through the house. If you have not seen the latest...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Best Practices for the Console

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about Windows PowerShell best practices for the console. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning, the Scripting Wife and I decided to head to a new breakfast place that had great reviews on Yelp. We grabbed our Surface 2s and headed...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Best Practices: Examine the Issues

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about examining the issues surrounding Windows PowerShell best practices. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the best things about TechEd, no matter where it is held, is the chance to meet up with people who we do not normally get...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting in Shared Environment

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Dan Sheehan, shares Windows PowerShell scripting best practices for a shared environment. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I would like to welcome a new guest blogger, Dan Sheehan. Dan recently joined Microsoft as a senior premiere field engineer in the...
  • Blog Post: Avoiding PowerShell Scripting Pitfalls

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares an excerpt from his book, Windows PowerShell Best Practices that discusses scripting pitfalls. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have an excerpt from my new book, PowerShell Best Practices , which is published by Microsoft Press...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Two-Letter Alias Combinations

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about finding all two-letter alias combinations by using Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have an excerpt from my new book, PowerShell Best Practices , which is published by Microsoft Press. The two-letter...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Tradeoffs When Searching for a String

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, provides an excerpt from his new book, Windows PowerShell Best Practices, about searching for strings. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have an excerpt from my new book, PowerShell Best Practices , which is published by Microsoft Press...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell CIM Cmdlets to Explore WMI Classes

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares an excerpt about WMI and CIM from his book, Windows PowerShell Best Practices. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have an excerpt from my new book, Windows PowerShell Best Practices , which is published by Microsoft Press. ...
  • Blog Post: Six Observations about 2012 Scripting Games Early Entries

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, discusses some of the early entries to the 2012 Windows PowerShell Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things that is always a challenge in creating the Scripting Games is trying to come up with the right balance between...
  • Blog Post: Protect Your PowerShell Scripts with Version Control

    Summary: Guest blogger and Microsoft PFE Stefan Stranger talks about using version control to protect your Windows PowerShell scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I am pleased to present a guest blog post written by Senior Premier Field Engineer Stefan Stranger. The Scripting...
  • Blog Post: Named Arguments for PowerShell Functions: Best Practices

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using named arguments in Windows PowerShell functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. If I go to the trouble of writing a Windows PowerShell script, I generally do not use unnamed arguments (such as $args as I illustrated yesterday...
  • Blog Post: The Problem with PowerShell Positional Parameters

    Summary : In this blog, Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about problems that can arise when using Windows PowerShell positional parameters. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today is the final day of judging for the 2012 Scripting Games. The judges have made a magnificent effort...
  • Blog Post: When You Should Use PowerShell Aliases

    Summary : Learn best practices for using the Windows PowerShell aliases at the command line and in scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The 2012 Scripting Games are nearly over. The judges are all working, nearly around the clock, to get the final scripts graded so the final leaderboard...
  • Blog Post: Deciding How to Use PowerShell to Access AD DS

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about the decision points for deciding how to use Windows PowerShell to access Active Directory Domain Services. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am a bit confused. I see various blogs and scripts on the Script Repository, and some always use a third-party...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Games Wrap Up Part 2: Neatness Counts and Other Stuff

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about the importance of formatting your Windows PowerShell code, returning objects, and other stuff. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been busy grading scripts since early this morning...
  • Blog Post: Use the PowerShell Best Practices Module to Configure Servers

    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using the Windows PowerShell Best Practices module to audit configuration of servers. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, tonight is the Charlotte Windows PowerShell user group. We are doing a mini version of the Scripting Games...
  • Blog Post: The PowerShell LoveOMatic Revisited for Valentine’s Day

    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, revisits the LoveOMatic, a Windows PowerShell Script that sends random email messages at random times. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Several months ago, I wrote a Windows PowerShell script I called the LoveOMatic (See Weekend Scripter: Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Your PowerShell Code by Using a Compound Where Clause

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about a couple of issues he saw while grading scripts for the 2012 Windows PowerShell Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The Scripting Wife and I are in Atlanta for SQL Saturday #111 . I will be talking about Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell Functions: Best Practices

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about some best practices for using Windows PowerShell functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Windows PowerShell functions are really powerful, and at the same time, they are incredibly simple to create. This makes Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell Aliases: Best Practices

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, demystifies some of the confusion surrounding using Windows PowerShell aliases. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. “Don’t use aliases!” I hear this all the time from various people on the Internet. I am constantly asked at Windows...
  • Blog Post: Eight Top Tricks for Stellar Success in the Scripting Games

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares his top eight tricks for achieving stellar success in this year’s Windows PowerShell Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. OK. Today I figure you are all busy working on catching up with the first five events of the...
  • Blog Post: Accepting Arguments for PowerShell Functions: Best Practices

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about the best practices surrounding accepting input for a Windows PowerShell function. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. April in the Carolina’s is a special time. In fact, it is my favorite time of the year here. This is because...
  • Blog Post: The Top Ten PowerShell Best Practices for IT Pros

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, summarizes the Windows PowerShell Best Practices Talk from Microsoft TechEd 2012. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Wow, what an exciting week the Scripting Wife and I had last week. We began with Microsoft TechEd 2012 in Orlando, and we concluded...