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  • 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: 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: Gathering Network Statistics with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about various ways to gather network statistics by using Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Hey, it is nearly the weekend! This means we are one week closer to Windows PowerShell Saturday #007... PowerShell Saturday...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Scripting Games Beginner Event 10: Collect Performance Counter Information

    Summary : In Beginner Event 10, you are required to collect performance counter information about your CPU. About this event Division Beginner Date of Event 4/13/2012 12:01 AM Due Date 4/20/2012 12:01 AM Event scenario...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Measure the Performance of Using Wildcards in a WMI Query

    Summary : Learn how to use the Windows PowerShell Measure-Command cmdlet to determine the performance of wildcard queries using WMI. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is the weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and tomorrow I fly to Seattle, Washington where I speak at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Optimize Performance of AD DS Queries via PowerShell

    Summary : Guest blogger, Matt Tisdale, talks about using the Measure-Command cmdlet to optimize an AD DS query. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I love to attend events where I can meet new people and get reacquainted with those I have previously met. I especially love meeting people and...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Troubleshoot Software Installation

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to troubleshoot software installation. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am having a problem troubleshooting the installation of an MSI package. I am using Group Policy to deploy the MSI package, and on some computers, it seems to work, but on other computers it fails. After...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Max Out PowerShell in a Little Bit of Time—Part 1

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Jason Walker, talks about how to maximize performance from Windows PowerShell in the enterprise. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Jason Walker is our guest blogger this weekend. Today is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Here’s Jason… I work in an environment...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Identify Causes of Internet Explorer Crashes

    Summary : The Microsoft Scripting Guys show how to use Windows PowerShell to identify applications that cause Internet Explorer to crash.   Hey, Scripting Guy! I am the network administrator where I work. I do mean the network administrator. I do everything from server configuration and installation...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Check for WMI Dependencies on Windows 7

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to check for WMI dependencies on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am very excited about using the WMI reliability classes for monitoring purposes. As you mentioned in your previous articles, it is not automatically enabled on Windows...
  • Blog Post: The 2011 Scripting Games Beginner Event 10: Use PowerShell to Measure Time to Complete a Command

    Summary : Beginner Event 10 in 2011 Scripting Games uses Windows PowerShell to determine the amount of time a command takes to complete. About this event Division Beginner Date of Event 4/15/2011 12:01 AM Due Date 4/22/2011 12...
  • Blog Post: How to Improve the Performance of a PowerShell Event Log Query

    Summary : Learn how to improve the performance of a Windows PowerShell event log query. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am a beginner when it comes to using Windows PowerShell, and I was inspired by your article yesterday about using Windows PowerShell to Query All Event Logs for Recent Events , and today I...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Determine the Average Process Utilization for My Computer?

    I would like to determine the average processor utilization for my computer over a certain period of time. If I could run this remotely, it would be even better. Can this be done? - MP Hi MP, We can certainly do this. In fact, it can be done both locally and remotely. But you do need to be careful...
  • Blog Post: Increase Performance by Slowing Down Your PowerShell Script

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Georges Maheu, further optimizes the Windows PowerShell script he presented earlier this week. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Our guest blogger today is Georges Maheu. Georges presented a script three days ago to gather Windows services information in an Excel...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Check Your Server’s Performance

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, teaches you how to use Windows PowerShell to check your server’s performance. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to use Windows PowerShell to collect performance information from my servers, but I also would like to parse the data after it is collected...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Monitor Your SQL Server Performance

    Summary : Guest Blogger Kevin Kline talks about using Windows PowerShell to monitor SQL Server performance. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am wondering about using Windows PowerShell to work with SQL performance counters. Is this something that can be done? —SH Hello SH, Microsoft Scripting...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell and a Filter Hash Table to Speed Boot Trace

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using a filter hash table with Windows PowerShell to speed up boot trace parsing. Hey, Scripting Guy! I don’t get it. You wrote a script yesterday, and said that the performance was bad. You suggested that you could improve the performance...
  • Blog Post: Beat the Auditors, Be One Step Ahead with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Georges Maheu, opens his security assessment toolbox to discuss a Windows PowerShell script he uses to look at Windows services. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Our guest blogger today is Georges Maheu . Georges is one of my best friends, and I had a chance to...
  • Blog Post: Speed Up Excel Automation with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Georges Maheu, optimizes the Windows PowerShell script he presented yesterday. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Our guest blogger today is Georges Maheu. Georges presented a script yesterday to gather Windows services information in an Excel spreadsheet. Although...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Determine Computer Reliability

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to determine the reliability of his workstation. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Sometimes, I am absolutely astounded when my computer works at all. At other times, I completely take it for granted. What...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Troubleshoot Windows

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to troubleshoot Windows by working with ETW logs. Weekend Scripter: Troubleshooting Windows Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I do not know about you, but I enjoy troubleshooting Microsoft Windows. There is something rewarding about seeing...
  • Blog Post: Performance Counters and Windows System Assessment Report

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Richard Siddaway, talks about using Windows PowerShell and WMI to work with performance counters and Windows assessment. 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...
  • Blog Post: Use Date Types to Filter Event Trace Logs in PowerShell

    Summary : Learn how to use date types to filter event trace logs in Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am wondering, oh great scripting master: can I use Windows PowerShell to parse an ETW log file? —JM Hello JM, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It is “oh dark...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! With Windows PowerShell, How Can I Get the Same Information I Get Via PerfMon?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Your article on accessing performance counters was pretty cool, but it did not really tell me anything. For example, I am interested in getting the same kind of information in Windows PowerShell that I can get in Performance Monitor (PerfMon). Is this possible? -- KB Hello...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Gauge the Reliability of Your Windows 7 Computer

    Summary : The Microsoft Scripting Guys show you how to use Windows PowerShell to determine the reliability of your Windows 7 or Window Server 2008 R2 computer. Hey, Scripting Guy! Our CIO is a rather strange creature. He seems to go missing for weeks on end, and then suddenly he will appear...