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  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Compressed Archives—The Video

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, created a video to illustrate using Windows PowerShell 5.0 to create compressed archives. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The sky is a deep blue, and the early morning haze on the horizon hides the fluffy white clouds causing them to blend...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Recurse Specific Number of Levels with PowerShell 5

    Summary : Learn how to recurse a specific number of levels in a directory with Windows PowerShell 5.0. How can I recurse only three levels into a deeply nested directory structure? In Windows PowerShell 5.0, the Get-ChildItem cmdlet has a new –Depth parameter that will control how deeply...
  • Blog Post: Working with Compressed Files in PowerShell 5

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about the new compressed file cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 5.0 on Windows 10. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It finally happened. I ran out of Gunpowder Green tea over the weekend. I have been making lots of Gunpowder Green tea with...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell 5 to Compress Files

    Summary : Learn how to use the new Compress-Archive cmdlet to compress selected files in Windows PowerShell 5.0. How can I compress a bunch of files on my computer that match a pattern I supply to Get-ChildItem ? Use Get-ChildItem to find the files you want to compress, and pipe the results to...
  • Blog Post: New Feature in PowerShell 5: Compress Files

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about the compressing files feature in Windows PowerShell 5.0. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning, the sun is shining, the air is dead calm, and I am sitting outside under a gigantic old oak tree with my Windows Surface Pro...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Add Content to File

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to add content to a file. How can I use Windows PowerShell to add content to a file? Use the Add-Content cmdlet, and specify the path to the file and the value of the content, for example: Add-Content C:\fso\AnEmptyFile.txt -Value "This is content"
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Create New File

    Summary : Create a new file with Windows PowerShell. How can I use Windows PowerShell to create a new text file that will be empty until I add content? Use the New-Item cmdlet and specify a path, name, and type, for example: New-Item c:\fso\AnEmptyFile.txt -ItemType file
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Verify Syntax of Path

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to verify the syntax of a path. How can I use Windows PowerShell to verify that a path that accepts user input is using the correct syntax? Use the –IsValid parameter of the Test-Path cmdlet, for example: PS C:\> $a = "c:\myfolder\nonexistentfile...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Using PowerShell to Look for Documents

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about different approaches to find documents with Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is a lovely weekend down here in the deep south USA. I am sipping a nice cup of English Breakfast tea with lemon, lime, orange pith...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Explore Old Windows VHDs

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to explore old Windows VHDs. Hey, Scripting Guy! It is time for spring clean-up around our datacenter. I am not talking about chasing out dust bunnies, although that is part of it. What I am talking about is trying...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Find Virtual Hard Disks

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to find virtual hard disks on your system. I notice that my disk space appears to be disappearing at a rapid rate, and I suspect someone is creating virtual hard disks (VHDs) and forgetting about them. How can I use Windows PowerShell to find all the VHDs on my system...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Create Documents from Template

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to create Word documents from a template. Hey, Scripting Guy! I often need to create a bunch of Word documents. These documents have a number of standard features. Right now, I basically paste the last document I was...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Count Images with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, counts the images he used in Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts through the years. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I have been writing the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog for a while…actually, quite a while. It is the best job I have ever had—and...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Investigate File Signatures—Part 2

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Boe Prox, concludes this two-part series about investigating file signatures with Windows PowerShell and the .NET Framework. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Boe Prox , for the conclusion of the two-part series he started yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Investigate File Signatures—Part 1

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Boe Prox, talks about investigating file signatures by using Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This weekend we have a two-part series from guest blogger, Boe Prox … When you work with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM), one...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Files that Have Not Been Accessed

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find files that have not been accessed for some time. Hey, Scripting Guy! On our server, we have tons of files. Unfortunately, many of them haven’t been accessed for years. I know the cost of storage is coming...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Metadata from Photograph Files

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to obtain metadata from photo files. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need some help. I have thousands of photo files on my computer. I need to bring some order to them. I know that I can use Get-ChildItem from Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: List Music File Metadata in a CSV and Open in Excel with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares a function that gets file metadata, and then he writes the information to a CSV file. Hey, Scripting Guy! Getting basic file properties such as the file name, the size of a file, and the directory that a file resides in is pretty cool. But when...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Create CSV File to Open in Excel

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about exporting a directory list to a CSV file and opening the file in Microsoft Excel with Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a lot of music files that reside in nested folders. I would like to be able to look at the file information...
  • Blog Post: List Files in Folders and Subfolders with PowerShell

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to list files in folders and subfolders. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am an old VBScript guy. I love using VBScript, and I have done so for nearly 15 years. One reason I love VBScript so much is that, to me, it is easy to use. It is also very powerful. But after attending...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Delete Specific Files in a Specific Folder?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I access the files in the folder T:\Act and delete any files that have the string “current” somewhere in the file name? -- SC Hey, SC. We have to admit, the notion of deleting anything current has a certain appeal, doesn’t it? Well, not for the Scripting Guys, of course;...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Get a List of All the .dll Files in a Folder, Along with Their Version Numbers?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a list of all the .dll files in a folder, along with their version numbers? -- DD Hey, DD. You know, when we sit down to write this column we usually try to start off with an amusing and at least semi-relevant anecdote. In this case, that would mean a cute story about...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Get a List of All the .PST Files on a Computer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a list of all the .pst files on a computer - along with their size and their location - and then save that information to a comma-separated values file? -- DC Hey, DC. If you hang around baseball fields long enough sooner or later you’ll hear someone use the expression...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (11/14/08)

    Troubleshooting a Script That Uses the TrimStart Method Hey, Scripting Guy! Greetings from an old VBScript guy. I have a problem with a Windows PowerShell script. It returns the unexpected result of "RANSFER" instead of the desired result of "\TRANSFER". One more thing: How can I use the TrimStart...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (02/20/09)

    How Do I Determine the Versions of Several Executable Files Not Registered in the Registry? Hey, Scripting Guy! I need your help. I need to know the version of several executable files not registered in the registry. I can find the version of a single executable by using the following code. Set...