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  • Blog Post: First Morning of Ignite in Chicago

    Summary : Ed Wilson talks about the first morning of Ignite conference in Chicago. It is 6:00 in the morning. I would say, "Oh dark thirty"—except it is earlier than that. The Scripting Wife and I headed downstairs from our conference hotel for the ride to the convention center. I...
  • Blog Post: Ignite: T-1: Scripting Guys Booth Setup Day

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about setting up the booth at Ignite 2015. The Scripting Wife and I arrived in Chicago last night for Microsoft Ignite 2015. As it turned out, it is an absolutely beautiful day. We herded onto the bus in front of our hotel, and headed to the conference...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: An Ideal PowerShell Schedule for Ignite

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP and Scripting Wife, Teresa Wilson, creates her ideal schedule for Ignite 2015 in Chicago. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I decided to turn over the keyboard to the Scripting Wife, who is bouncing off of the walls in anticipation of Ignite starting…...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Keep Up with Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog

    Summary : Easily keep up with Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts. How can I easily keep up with Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts? Install the Scripting Guys app on your Windows Smart Phone. It is in the store, and it works great.
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Tips and Tricks: Using Default Parameter Values

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using default Windows PowerShell parameter values. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The last thing I want to talk about from the tips and tricks session of the Charlotte Windows PowerShell User Group with Lee Holmes is using default...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Examine Default PowerShell Parameter Values

    Summary : Examine default Windows PowerShell parameter values. How can I check to see if I have enabled any default Windows PowerShell parameter values? Check the value of the $PSDefaultParameterValues variable.
  • Blog Post: It’s Not Too Late to Learn PowerShell

    Summary : Ed Wilson talks about learning Windows PowerShell. It seems that there are always new technologies. It is hard to keep up with them, and it is hard to predict which ones are even worth the time and effort to learn. As with agile development, it seems there are also agile computing technologies...
  • Blog Post: Select History Via PowerShell Out-Gridview

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, continues his tips and tricks series by talking about select Windows PowerShell commands via Out-GridView . Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the great things about getting a bunch of Windows PowerShell people together is that they begin...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Better Way to View PowerShell Help

    Summary : Learn a better way to view Windows PowerShell Help. I like the Windows PowerShell Help files, but I do not like trying to read them in the Windows PowerShell console window. What is a better way to read the content? Use the –ShowWindow parameter from Get-Help . This example displays...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Tips and Tricks: Extended History

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about a module that provides extended command history. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things that came up during the Charlotte Windows PowerShell User Group meeting was the HistoryPx module that was written by Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Find PowerShell Profiles

    Summary : Learn how to easily find Windows PowerShell profiles. How can I Question: You want to find the path to Windows PowerShell profiles? Use the $Profile automatic variable, but pipe the output to the Format-List cmdlet and use the –Force parameter. Here is an example that uses the FL...
  • Blog Post: Use PSReadLine for More Efficient PowerShell Console

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, presents a tip from the Charlotte User Group meeting about using PSReadLine. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One really big tip that came out during the Charlotte User Group meeting was to use the PSReadLine module. It provides is syntax highlighting...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Retrieve Last Token Received by PowerShell

    Summary : Learn how to retrieve the last token that was received by Windows PowerShell. How can I retrieve the last token received by Windows PowerShell? Use the $$ automatic variable: PS C:\> notepad C:\fso\AMoreComplete.txt PS C:\> $$ C:\fso\AMoreComplete.txt
  • Blog Post: Favorite PowerShell Tips and Tricks

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about Windows PowerShell tips and tricks from the Charlotte User Group meeting. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Last week was a special meeting at the Charlotte Windows PowerShell User Group. It followed immediately after the Windows...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Find User's Home Directory in PowerShell

    Summary : Find the path to the current user's home directory in Windows PowerShell. How can I easily find the current user's home directory for a script I am writing? Use the $home automatic variable: PS C:\> $HOME
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: My First PowerShell Summit

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Will Anderson, talks about his first Windows PowerShell Summit. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Wow! What a week...or part of a week. Windows PowerShell Summit North America 2015 was here in Charlotte, NC this past week. The Scripting Wife and I met...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Find Current Directory in PowerShell

    Summary : Easily find the current directory in Windows PowerShell. How can I return a path object that contains information about the current working directory in Windows PowerShell? Use the $pwd automatic variable: PS C:\> $pwd
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Scripting Guys Ignite Booth Schedule

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Teresa Wilson, talks about the Scripting Guys booth schedule. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is that time of year again. Conference time. TechEd North America is no more, but Microsoft Ignite is on the horizon. May 4-8, 2015 in Chicago! It is already...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Determine if Property is Member of Object

    Summary : Determine if a property is a member of an object in Windows PowerShell. How can I determine if a specific property is actually a member of an object in my Windows PowerShell script? Use the Get-Member cmdlet, and cast the response into a Boolean data type by using the [bool] type accelerator...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Move User Files and Update Registry

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to move user files and update the registry. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to move a bunch of user files from their local computer to a network share so we can back up the user's data prior to migrating their desktops...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Roll Back Active PowerShell Transaction

    Summary : Learn how to roll back an active Windows PowerShell transaction. I started a transaction to modify the registry on my computer running Windows 8.1, but something failed, and I want to roll back the transaction. How can I do this? Use the Undo-Transaction cmdlet to roll back the active...
  • Blog Post: Using Transactions with PowerShell Registry Provider

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using transactions with the Windows PowerShell Registry provider. Hey, Scripting Guy! I was looking at the various providers and their capabilities (see Find and Use Windows PowerShell Providers ). I see that the Registry provider says it does...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Set Default Location Stack with PowerShell

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to set your default location stack. How can I use Windows PowerShell to set the default for some named location stacks that I created? Use the Set-Location cmdlet and specify the stack name, for example: Set-Location -StackName REG
  • Blog Post: Using Named Location Stacks in PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using named location stacks in Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! If I need to move around in two types of locations, how would I do it? Suppose I need to look in various places in my profile, and then I need to do some work in data locations...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Display Locations Stored on Stack

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to display locations stored on the default stack. How can I use Windows PowerShell to see the locations that are stored on my default location stack? Use the –Stack parameter of Get-Location : Get-Location -Stack