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  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Announcing WMI Explorer 2.0

    Summary : Microsoft senior support escalation engineer, Vinay Pamnani, talks about WMI Explorer 2.0. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I am pleased to invite back Microsoft senior support escalation engineer, Vinay Pamnani, who supports Configuration Manager. He's here to talk...
  • 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: 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: Use WMI and PowerShell to Create Collection Query Rules

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Heath Lawson, talks about using Windows PowerShell and WMI to create collection query rules. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Heath Lawson is back with us today for Part 3 in his series. You can catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2: Apply Common PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Comparing PowerShell PSSessions and CIM Sessions

    Summary : Guest blogger, Trevor Sullivan, compares Windows PowerShell PSSessions and CIM sessions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have the exciting conclusion to Honorary Scripting Guy , Trevor Sullivan’s guest blog series on CIM. To see more of Trevor’s guest posts...
  • Blog Post: Invoking CIM Methods with PowerShell

    Summary : Guest blogger, Trevor Sullivan, talks about invoking CIM methods via Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have another guest post from Trevor Sullivan. Trevor is an Honorary Scripting Guy , and a recognized Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC). To see...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to the CIMCmdlets PowerShell Module

    Summary : Guest blogger, Trevor Sullivan, talks about using the CIM module in Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have a guest post from Trevor Sullivan. Trevor is an Honorary Scripting Guy , and a recognized Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC). To see more...
  • Blog Post: What is CIM and Why Should I Use It in PowerShell?

    Summary : Honorary Scripting Guy and guest blogger, Trevor Sullivan, explores CIM and using it with Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have a guest post from Trevor Sullivan. Trevor is an Honorary Scripting Guy and a recognized Microsoft Community Contributor...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find and Uninstall Software

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to get software installation locations, and to uninstall software from remote computers. Hey, Scripting Guy! We have a dumb application that we have to use at work. The company has released a new version of this application, and I am trying to write a...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Do I Use Windows PowerShell to Run the Same WMI Queries Against Multiple Computers?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I need to run the same WMI queries against multiple computers on our network. Can I do this with Windows PowerShell? - KB Hi KB, Not only can you do this with Windows PowerShell, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to do. If you can create a text file in Notepad, you...
  • Blog Post: Modify PowerShell Comment-Based Help to Display Function Use

    Summary: In the final version of my Windows PowerShell WMI helper module, I add aliases and modify comment-based help to find roles of functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It is the weekend, at least in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States. I have had a lot of fun working...
  • Blog Post: Learn Four Ways to Kill a Process Using PowerShell and WMI

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson shows four ways to kill a process by using Windows PowerShell and WMI. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have been playing around with your scripts that explore WMI methods and WMI writable properties, but I am having problems calling the WMI methods. Can you help...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Create a Disk Space Report in a Word Document?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! We are having problems with several of our servers at work. Several of them were upgraded from Windows NT 4, and as a result, we are constantly running into disk space issues on the C:\ drive. I would rather manage the problem than take the servers down and rebuild them because we...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Can I Query CPU Information with WMI and Windows PowerShell?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I am interested in working with WMI and I would like to query for information from the CPU class. Do you have a script that will show me information about my CPU? I am particularly in need of processor speed and memory because we are trying to do an inventory to plan our upgrade....
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (8/7/09)

    Does Windows PowerShell Let Me Trap Errors? Hey Scripting Guy! Does Windows PowerShell have the ability to trap errors? -- JP Hello JP, Yes, it does. Here is an example of using the trap statement in a script. DemoTrapSystemException.ps1 # ---------------------------------...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (7/2/10)

    In this post : Why Are Some Script Repository Scripts Not Showing All Compatible Platforms? Addressing a Windows PowerShell Syntax Question Why Is This Script Giving Me so Much Output? Why Are Some Script Repository Scripts Not Showing All Compatible Platforms? ...
  • 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: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Do I Find the Names of WMI Classes?

    I was looking through some of the scripts in the Script Repository that use WMI, and they seem to make sense. In fact, they seem annoyingly repetitive. That is not my question. My question is how in the heck do you know which WMI class to use, or which properties are available in the WMI classes. I mean...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Save Time with Win32_TimeZone and DST Time Changes

    Summary : Write a Windows PowerShell function to determine the status of time changes to daylight savings time. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. At the Windows PowerShell User Group meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brian Wilhite talked about a few of his scripts during the script...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (11/13/09)

    In this post : Dealing with Quarantined File Types and Exchange Server Scanning Multiple Remote Computers and Creating a Resultant CSV File How Can I Check for the Latest Daylight Saving Time Update? Troubleshooting the Use of WSMan with Windows PowerShell Dealing with Quarantined...
  • 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: 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! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (11/27/09)

    In this post : Please Clarify This Script You Published Previously How Can I Report a Bug I Found in the Windows PowerShell ISE? How Can I Close an Open Folder on a Network Drive? Can I Automate the Scheduling of Offline File Tasks? Please Clarify This Script You Published Previously...