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  • Blog Post: How Can I Determine the Uptime for a Server?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I determine the uptime for a server? -- LF Hey, LF. This is an easy one. After all, we’re assuming you’re talking about a Windows server, and Windows servers never go down, right? Therefore, the uptime must be forever. Problem solved. Well, OK, we suppose that maybe...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Tell if a Server has Rebooted?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there any way to tell whether or not a server has rebooted? -- MvdM Hey, MvdM. We’re assuming that you’re performing a task and, at the end of the task, the computer is supposed to reboot. Needless to say, you want to know, “Well, did the server reboot?” How can you tell whether...
  • Blog Post: The Admin’s First Steps: Capacity Planning Part 1

    Summary : Richard Siddaway talks about using Windows PowerShell to collect data for capacity planning. Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve just starting learning Windows PowerShell and I understand how to use it as a scripting language and shell. I’ve been told to start performing capacity planning...
  • 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: Use PowerShell to Identify Port Connections in Windows 8

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to identify port connections in Windows 8. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. There are only twenty-three days until Windows PowerShell Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina . In fact, as far as I know, we...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Collect Processor Information?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I am interested in using Windows PowerShell to collect processor information, but I do not need to see the raw data. I would rather see calculated results such as the maximum, minimum, and average processor utilization. I know I can do this, but that seems like writing a lot of math...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Pull Server Diagnostic Information and Have It Saved in an Excel Spreadsheet with a Chart?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Good morning. I would like to use WMI to get diagnostic information for my server. I would like to be able to do this remotely and to write the results to an Excel spreadsheet. When I am done, I would like the spreadsheet to also create a chart of the results. Is this asking too much...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Can I Use Windows PowerShell 2.0 for Performance Monitoring?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I love using performance monitor. I was a big fan of it back in the Windows NT 4.0 days, and I have been using it ever since. It seems, however, that beginning with Windows Vista you people have messed it up. In trying to make it easier for a clueless individual to use, you have absolutely...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Determine the Signal Strength of a Wireless Connection?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Any time I’m connected to a wireless network I can open the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box and see a series of bars – 1 through 5 – that indicates the signal strength. How can I get that same information using a script? -- RK Hey, RK. Before we answer today’s question...