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  • Blog Post: Use a PowerShell Module to Run Windows Update

    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using a free Windows PowerShell module to run Windows Update on a computer. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One thing that is a bit disappointing is that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 do not come with cmdlets to permit me to...
  • 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: Don't Write Scripts, Write PowerShell Modules

    Summary : The Microsoft Scripting Guys talk about turning three scripts into a single module to configure basic desktop tasks. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I have spent the last several days building a new computer. The following photo shows me working on my new computer. It actually...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Wife Learns About Unblocking Files in PowerShell

    Summary : The Scripting Wife learns how to unblock files that are downloaded from the Internet by using Windows PowerShell and a Sysinternals tool. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. It is two days until the 2011 Scripting Games kick off. Things are quiet right now, and I am enjoying a chance...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Add Power and Functionality to the PowerShell ISE Part 1

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, begins a revision of his Windows PowerShell ISE Module by adding five new functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I decided to block off the weekend to work on my Windows PowerShell ISE module. There are several things that I want to add...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Weekend Scripter: Conversion Module, Part 6

    Weekend Scripter: Conversion Module, Part 6 Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It has been a relatively quiet weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. I spent a couple of hours organizing my dive pictures from a recent trip to Boca Raton, Florida. The spotted eel in the following photo was...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Weekend Scripter: Conversion Module, Part 5

    Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. What a wonderful day Saturday is. I took the occasion to upgrade from the current beta of Microsoft Office 2010 to the release candidate. I love Microsoft Office 2010, and Outlook in particular has received a very nice upgrade. This week, I was tweeting with Megan...
  • Blog Post: An Insider’s Guide to PowerShell Module Information

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, discusses some of the great resources for learning about creating and using Windows PowerShell modules. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The Florida trip is nearly upon us. The Scripting Wife and I are busy packing and looking forward to a...
  • Blog Post: Install Active Directory Management Service for Easy PowerShell Access

    Summary : In this step-by-step blog post, the Microsoft Scripting Guy covers installing the Active Directory Management Service for Windows PowerShell access to Active Directory Domain Services. Hey, Scripting Guy! I read with interest your blog post yesterday about using the Microsoft Windows...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Write WMI Scripts, Use a PowerShell Module

    Summary : Learn how to use a free Windows PowerShell module to avoid writing WMI scripts to get common administrator information. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. One of the things that is really cool about Windows PowerShell modules, is that you can mix and match them. In this way, a module...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Weekend Scripter: Using Functions to Convert Weight Measurements (Part 1)

    Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. If you have been following us on Twitter, you know that I have been out for nearly a week due to ear surgery. While I have been recuperating, I have had a lot of time to think about the module we started last Saturday , and that we continued last Sunday . The Scripting...
  • Blog Post: Modify PowerShell Comment-Based Help to Display Function Use

    Summary: In the final version of my Windows PowerShell WMI helper module, I add aliases and modify comment-based help to find roles of functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It is the weekend, at least in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States. I have had a lot of fun working...
  • Blog Post: I Found This Module—What Do I Do?

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about how to use a Windows PowerShell module. Hey, Scripting Guy! I found this module in the Scripting Guys Script Repository. Now what do I do? —SH Hello SH, Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning I have been busy...
  • Blog Post: Install the PSCX and 80 New Cmdlets to Ease PowerShell Use

    Summary : Install the PSCX and get 80 new cmdlets to ease Windows PowerShell use. Hey, Scripting Guy! You have been spending quite a bit of time recently talking about functions and modules and the like. What is the big deal, and where would I find such modules? —KF Hello KF, ...
  • Blog Post: Closures in PowerShell

    Summary : Bruce Payette talks about Windows PowerShell closures and how to call the G etNewClosure method. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This week we will not have our usual PowerTip . Instead we have excerpts from seven books from Manning Press. In addition, each blog will have a special...
  • Blog Post: Combine PowerShell Modules to Avoid Writing Scripts

    Summary : Learn how to combine Windows PowerShell modules to save time and reduce scripting overhead. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. One of the cool things about Windows PowerShell modules is that they are easy to share. In addition, because the code is packaged as a module, one automatically...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Install Windows PowerShell Modules on Multiple Users' Computers?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I really dig that I can have a module that contains functions and things. This seems like it would be groovy to use to customize my Windows PowerShell environment. The thing is that I do not want to be hopping around from desk to desk from user to user to copy module files into esoteric...
  • Blog Post: Handle Formatted Output in PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, Doug Finke, illustrates how to handle formatted output in a Windows PowerShell script. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Doug Finke is our guest blogger. Doug Finke is a Microsoft PowerShell MVP working for Lab49, a company that builds...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Tell Me About Modules in Windows PowerShell 2.0

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I have been reading on Twitter and on various Web sites about Windows PowerShell 2.0 modules. However, I am not sure what a module is. Or why I would want to use one. Can you shed some light? -- MH Hello MH, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I spent much of the morning...
  • Blog Post: Use Parameter Sets to Simplify PowerShell Commands

    Summary : In this article, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson talks about using parameter sets to simplify Windows PowerShell commands. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I had a great time the other night talking to Windows PowerShell MVP Shane Hoey before my presentation to the PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Can You Give All the Steps for Creating, Installing, and Using Windows PowerShell Modules?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I am still a bit confused about how modules work. Could you give a beginning-to-end scenario and go through the steps of creating a module, installing the module, and then using the module? -- SL Hello, SL. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I am sipping a cup of...
  • Blog Post: Use the BSonPoSH PowerShell Module to Check AD Replication

    Summary : Learn how to use the BSonPoSH Windows PowerShell module to check Active Directory replication and other tasks. Hey, Scripting Guy! Your article yesterday left me wondering. If there are so many cool things in the BSonPoSH module, why did you only show a couple of commands? Are there other...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Playing Around with PowerShell Modules

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about discovering cool information by playing around with Windows PowerShell modules. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is the weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. I am sipping a cup of oolong green tea with...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Weekend Scripter: Using Functions to Convert Weight Measurements (Part 2)

    Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I am still hanging out down here in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, in the United States of America. The laid-back, relaxed attitude has allowed me time to reflect on the new Weekend Scripter series I am writing. The following seagull picture I took seems to reflect...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Desktop Configuration by Using a Shared PowerShell Module

    Summary: Simplify your desktop configuration needs by using a Windows PowerShell module stored on a central file share. Hey, Scripting Guy! I enjoy using Windows PowerShell modules. I think they are way cool. The thing is, I am not too keen on deploying them to remote workstations. What would be...