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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: The WMI Explorer Tool

    Summary : Guest blogger, Vinay Pamnani, talks about a cool new WMI tool. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the absolutely greatest things about working for Microsoft is the chance to meet (even virtually) and interact with really smart people who absolutely love technology. I recently...
  • 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: Using a Tuple in PowerShell

    Summary : Learn how to use a Tuple in Windows PowerShell Hey, Scripting Guy! I read your article from yesterday, so I know about Tuples. How do I actually use one? —HD Hello HD, Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I just got back from working out with my trainer. I am not nearly...
  • Blog Post: What’s a Tuple, and Why Would I Want to Use It?

    Summary : Learn about using tuples with Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! What is a tuple, and why would I want to use one? —RT Hello RT, Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I just got back from the gymnasium, and I am sitting on the back porch sipping a glass of water...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Parse Folder of Data with PowerShell

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to parse a folder that contains data dumps. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning I got up, and headed to the Farmers Market in town. I picked up a fresh melon for breakfast and some locally made cheese. Melon and cheese with a nice up of English...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: A Function to Clean Up Data Import

    Summary : Learn about a Windows PowerShell function you can use to clean up data prior to import. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. We are entering the Labor Day weekend in the United States today. Labor Day is a sad holiday, but it is also a happy time. It is sad because it traditionally...
  • Blog Post: Creating Custom PowerShell Objects

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to create custom objects prior to data export. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is nice and cool this morning so I decided to walk over to the neighborhood coffee and tea shop to have a cup of tea. I can sit outside and enjoy the day. There is free wireless...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Fix Address Issues Prior to Export

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to fix address issues prior to exporting the data to another database. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning I am listening to The Doors on my Zune HD, and sipping a very nice cup of tea. I used three spoons of Darjeeling tea , one spoon of lemon...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Normalize Names Before Data Import

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to normalize names before importing data. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I have been reading Jane Austen Northanger Abbey this week in the evenings. I really love the way Jane Austen develops her characters. I also like some of the ways the characters...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Read Munged Data

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell with munged data. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Last week, the Scripting Wife and I had the opportunity to attend the Charlotte SQL Users Group. This is always a highlight, because that user group is...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014: Answer 5

    Summary : Here is the answer to Problem 5 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is time for the answer to Problem 5 in Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Last week, I posted the complete Problem 5 description and task outline . Problem 5 synopsis...
  • 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: PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014: Answer 3

    Summary : Here is the answer to Problem 3 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today it is time to look at Problem 3. Last week, I posted the complete Problem 3 description and task outline . Problem 3 synopsis One of your teammates wrote...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014: Answer 2

    Summary : Here is the answer to Problem 2 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Problem 2 could be a bear to solve. After all, it involves text manipulation. Last week, I posted the complete Problem 2 description and task outline . Problem...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014: Answer 1

    Summary : Here is the answer to Problem 1 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Here is an answer to Problem 1 in Windows PowerShell Mini-Scripting Games 2014. Last week, I posted the complete Problem 1 description and task outline . Problem...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Many Paths to a PowerShell Command

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson talks about using different types of commands in Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. A while ago, someone said there must be 50 ways to stop a process in Windows PowerShell. Although I am not certain that number is entirely accurate...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: A Hidden Gem in the PowerShell Ocean: Get-PSCallStack

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Jeff Wouters, talks about using the Get-PSCallStack Windows PowerShell cmdlet. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today Windows PowerShell MVP, Jeff Wouters, is back with another guest blog post. To read more of Jeff's previous guest posts, see these...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Fixing PowerShell GUI Examples

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Dave Wyatt, talks about using Windows PowerShell GUI example code. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Dave Wyatt. To read more of Dave’s previous guest posts, see these Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts . Dave is a Windows...
  • Blog Post: I've Got a PowerShell Secret: Adding a GUI to Scripts

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Chris Conte, talks about adding a GUI for Windows PowerShell scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today Chris Conte is our guest blogger. Chris Conte is a premier field engineer at Microsoft who grew up with a passion for computers and the creative arts...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Write Verbose Output

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to write verbose output. Hey, Scripting Guy! The other day, you said that I should not use Write-Host . I even read that such usage is dangerous to the health of small canines in 2012 Scripting Games Commentary:...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshoot PowerShell Script Output

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about troubleshooting output from a Windows PowerShell script. Hey, Scripting Guy! First, I want to say that you guys absolutely rock! I mean, I never miss a single day reading your posts. They are always right on, and it is like somehow you read...
  • Blog Post: Trim Your Strings with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to trim strings and clean up data. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The Scripting Wife heads out today to spend time with her other passion at the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show . Unfortunately, I will not...
  • Blog Post: Using the Split Method in PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using the Split method in Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Dude, dude, dude, (or dudette, as the case may be) I still cannot find my teapot after our move. At least I found my kettle to heat water so I can make...
  • Blog Post: Join Me in a Few String Methods Using PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using the String class of the Join method in Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning while I was eating breakfast and reviewing my email on my Surface 2 Pro, I noticed that I have meetings all afternoon...