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  • Blog Post: Let Sleeping VBScript Scripts Lie

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about when to replace a VBScript script and when not to. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the really awesome things about the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago this year was the chance to talk to literally thousands of people...
  • 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: 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games Wrap Up #6

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, wraps up the 2014 Winter Scripting Games and talks about parameter validation. Weekend Scripter: Parameter Validation Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, I'm playing with my new Surface Pro 2 device. It came with a year of free Skype...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games Wrap Up #5

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using the Windows PowerShell Switch statement to clean up script in a wrap up of the 2014 Winter Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The Scripting Wife and I have been busy planning our trip to Houston for the 2014...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games Wrap Up #4

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, continues his Scripting Games 2014 wrap up with a discussion of error and verbose message streams. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Things are starting to settle down here in the scripting household. Windows PowerShell Saturday #007 was a rousing...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games Wrap Up #3

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using standard folders in his review of the 2014 Winter Windows PowerShell Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is beginning to look like spring here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a welcome relief, because...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games Wrap Up #1

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares what he noticed while grading the 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games entries. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. So the 2014 Winter PowerShell Scripting Games are over. One of the cool things about this year’s Winter Games...
  • Blog Post: Learn About Two CodePlex Projects: PS2EXE and RoboPowerCopy

    Summary : Get the inside scoop on two awesome CodePlex projects: PS2EXE and RoboPowerCopy. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. Today, we have a debut guest blogger. With us is Ingo Karstein to tell us about two of his CodePlex projects. Take it away, Ingo. This is Ingo Karstein writing...
  • 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: Check for Admin Credentials in a PowerShell Script

    Summary : Learn how to check for administrative credentials when you run a Windows PowerShell script or command. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Boe Prox is our guest blogger today. Boe Prox is currently a senior systems administrator with BAE Systems. He has been in the IT industry...
  • Blog Post: Use the KISS Principle for Your PowerShell Script

    Summary : Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, Sean Kearney, teaches how to use the KISS principle for your Windows PowerShell script. Weekend Scripter Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. Sean Kearney graces us with his words of wisdom today as our guest blogger. Sean Kearney is an...
  • 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 Choose a Specific Number of Random Letters

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use the Windows PowerShell Get-Random cmdlet to choose a specific number of random letters. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. With the advent of the New Year, I am hard at work on the 2012 Scripting Games. This year there will be...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Pause a Script While Another Process Exits

    Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to pause a script and wait for another process to exit before continuing. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am attempting to use Windows PowerShell to shut down an application, but the application is rather complicated. I need to stop one process, and wait for...
  • 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 the Pipeline to Create Robust PowerShell Functions

    Summary : Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, Don Jones, shows how to use the pipeline to create robust reusable functions. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Our guest blogger today is Don Jones. Don Jones is a Windows PowerShell MVP Award recipient, and he is one of the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Use Cool PowerShell Tricks to Simplify Your Scripts

    Summary : Learn how to use a collection of cool Widows PowerShell tricks to simplify writing scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. Today I am proud to announce that Microsoft's newest Windows PowerShell MVP Bartek Bielawski returns to the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog. Congratulations Bartek...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Display a Hyperlink in a Message Box?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Is it possible to have a hyperlink to a Web page in a message box? -- CB Hey, CB. Sounds like you want to display a message box to users and, ideally, you’d like to include a hyperlink they could click on for more information. For example, suppose a user tried to access some resource...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Test Connectivity on Remote Servers

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy talks about using Windows PowerShell to test connectivity after a network configuration change. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It seems that there are always good news/bad news types of scenarios. After months of trying to obtain faster Internet connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Use a PowerShell Function to See If a Command Exists

    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, writes a Windows PowerShell function to see if a command exists before calling the command. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This Thursday, February 21, 2013, I will be on the PowerScripting Podcast . I always enjoy talking with Jon and Hal...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Your PowerShell Script with Parameter Validation

    Summary : Learn how to simplify your Windows PowerShell Script by using parameter validation attribute. Weekend Scripter Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I thought I would ask Glenn Sizemore to write today’s blog about parameter validation attributes. Glenn Sizemore is...
  • Blog Post: Use Strict Mode for PowerShell to Help You Write Good Code

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about calling a method like a function and using Windows PowerShell strict mode to aid script development. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Believe it or not, the 2012 Scripting Games begin in less than two weeks! That is right, less...
  • Blog Post: Speed Up Excel Automation with PowerShell Jobs

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Georges Maheu, further optimizes the Windows PowerShell script that he presented in his previous two blogs. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Our guest blogger today is Georges Maheu. Georges presented a script two days ago to gather Windows services information...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten Suggestions at the End of Week 1 of the 2011 Scripting Games

    Summary : Ed Wilson reveals the top ten suggestions for scripters at the end of week one of the Windows PowerShell 2011 Scripting Games. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. You still have time to submit entries for events 1 – 5. The deadline for event 1 is Monday at 12:01 AM (Pacific Time...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Force Users to Type Command-line Arguments in a Specific Order?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I force users to type command-line arguments in a specific order? -- JA Hey, JA. You know, the Scripting Guy who writes this column has a 16-year-old son. He coaches Colt League baseball. He works every day with all the other Scripting Guys. With that background, it...