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  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Hotfixes Installed in Time Range

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find hotfixes that were installed during a certain time range. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a problem at work. It seems there was a hotfix that was installed in the last couple of months that is causing problems...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell and WMI to Explore Threads

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell and WMI to explore processes and threads. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to find information about threads that are related to a specific process. I am wondering how I can do this by using Windows PowerShell. Can you help...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Identify When Hotfixes Are Installed

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to list when hotfixes are installed. Hey, Scripting Guy! Our corporate security person has tasked my manager with finding out about the number of hotfixes released by Microsoft each month. My manager, of course, passed...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Start a Process at Random Times

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to start a process at random intervals. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a rather unusual request. I am testing a new monitoring application, and I need a script that will start processes at random intervals so I can check...
  • Blog Post: Why Are All These Services Starting?

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using WMI to find out how services start. Hey, Scripting Guy! I was looking at the processes on my workstation, and I see lots of things running. I suspect many of these are actually services. But I am wondering how I can use Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014: Answer 4

    Summary : Here is the answer to Problem 4 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is time for the answer to Problem 4 in Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Last week, I posted the complete Problem 4 description and task outline . Problem 4 synopsis...
  • Blog Post: Exclude Delayed Start Services when Checking Status with PowerShell

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Mike Robbins, shows us how to use Windows PowerShell to check the status of Windows services and improve the accuracy of results. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Mike Robbins. Mike F Robbins is a senior systems engineer...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Develop Minimal Footprint with PowerShell and Features on Demand

    Summary : Guest blogger, Yung Chou, talks about using Windows PowerShell to develop a minimal footprint with Features on Demand. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have another guest blog post from my fellow Microsoftee, Yung Chou. Yung is a developer experience evangelist; and therefore...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: PowerShell Speed Improvement Techniques

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Dan Sheehan, talks about speeding up Windows PowerShell scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back Dan Sheehan, who debuted yesterday as a new guest blogger with his post Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting in Shared Environment . Dan recently...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting PowerShell Scheduled Jobs

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about troubleshooting Windows PowerShell scheduled jobs. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This has been an awesome week at TechEd 2014 in Houston. I can avoid the "Houston we have a problem" joke for the simple reason that the...
  • Blog Post: Advanced PowerShell Scheduled Jobs

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about advanced aspects of Windows PowerShell scheduled jobs. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I want to look at some of the more advanced aspects of Windows PowerShell scheduled jobs. Windows PowerShell scheduled jobs do not have...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Create Job that Runs at Startup

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about creating a job that runs at startup. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the needs that never seems to change is the need to run a startup script. In the old days, that meant placing a .bat or .vbs file in a startup folder,...
  • Blog Post: What Happens to PowerShell Scheduled Job After Reboot?

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, continues his discussion about Windows PowerShell scheduled jobs. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Last night was the Expo floor meet-and-greet at TechEd in Houston. It was a crazy time, and we had literally thousands of people stopping by...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Operating System Version

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find the version of his Windows operating system. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is not a secret that I love Windows PowerShell. It is not a secret that I also love Windows 8.1 especially on my Surface...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Hide Processes in Windows

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to easily hide processes in Windows. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things I used to have problems with when I was a network administrator, was running scripts on systems without a text box...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Start Hidden Process

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to start a hidden process. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning I decided to try something a bit different. I am having a cup of English Breakfast tea, but I added strawberry leaves, blackberry...
  • Blog Post: Leverage Registry Key Time Stamps via PowerShell

    Summary : Guest blogger, Rohn Edwards, talks about leveraging registry key time stamps via Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we wrap-up a four-part series from Rohn Edwards, co-founder of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. If you have not already done so, you...
  • Blog Post: Create a Proxy Function to Display Registry Key Time Stamps

    Summary : Guest blogger, Rohn Edwards, discusses creating a Windows PowerShell proxy function to display registry key time stamps. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Happy New Year to you all. Guest blogger, Rohn Edwards, is back with us today to continue his series about retrieving registry...
  • Blog Post: Reusing PowerShell Registry Time Stamp Code

    Summary : Guest blogger, Rohn Edwards, discusses reusing code that obtains the last-modified time stamp from the registry. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today is the last day of the year, but don’t despair. We are here to share some Windows PowerShell goodies with you. Welcome...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Access Registry Last-Modified Time Stamp

    Summary : Guest blogger, Rohn Edwards, talks about using Windows PowerShell to access the last-modified time stamp in the registry. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Rohn Edwards. Rohn is one of the cofounders of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. I’m...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Tell Whether a Value Exists in the Registry?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I tell whether a value exists in the registry on a remote computer? -- AL Hey, AL. Full disclosure time: even though we go by the name The Scripting Guys , we don’t claim to know everything there is to know about scripting. This question is a good example of that. When...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Scripting Games Advanced Event 10: Create a CSV Log File

    Summary : In Advanced Event 10, you want to create a CSV log file of all the counters in the Processor counter set. About this event Division Advanced Date of Event 4/13/2012 12:01 AM Due Date 4/20/2012 12:01 AM ...
  • Blog Post: The 2011 Scripting Games Beginner Event 2: Use PowerShell to Identify Services that Will Pause

    Summary : Beginner Event 2 of the 2011 Scripting Games uses Windows PowerShell to locate services that will accept a pause command. About this event Division Beginner Date of Event 4/5/2011 12:01 AM Due Date 4/12/2011 12:01 AM...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (05/22/09)

    How Can I Determine if a Particular Windows Feature Is Installed? Hey, Scripting Guy! I am new to Windows PowerShell scripting and have a little experience with WMI thanks to your Windows PowerShell Scriptomatic tool. I'm trying to determine whether a particular optional Windows component or feature...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Audit and Install Windows Patches

    Summary : Learn how to use a free Windows PowerShell module to audit and install patches on Windows systems. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. Today, I am proud to present a guest blog post written by Boe Prox. Boe has written a really cool module to audit and install software patches on...