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  • 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 the PowerShell Select-String Cmdlet to Parse WMI Output

    Summary : Learn how to use the Windows PowerShell Select-String cmdlet to easily parse WMI output. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a quick question: is it possible to parse the output of some of the WMI commands? I know they return objects, but some of the commands return sooooo much data. I would like...
  • Blog Post: Naming and Designing Advanced PowerShell Functions

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson discusses naming and designing advanced Windows PowerShell functions in relation to his Local User Management Module. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. The cool thing about today is that it is Canada Day . This means that my boss back in Redmond is...
  • Blog Post: Don't Write Scripts, Write PowerShell Functions

    Summary : There are times when piling Windows PowerShell cmdlets together becomes a bit cumbersome, so instead of writing a script, consider functions. Weekend Scripter Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. There are times, when I want to do things that are a bit more complicated than piecing...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Your Script by Creating PowerShell Type Accelerators

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how easy it is to create custom Windows PowerShell type accelerators and incorporate them into scripts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Windows PowerShell is cool. In fact, it should come with a disclaimer something like this: Warning...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Make Mandatory Parameters

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to create mandatory parameters. Weekend Scripter Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I will admit that yesterday I talked about the easiest default to handle—the case of defaulting to the local computer. Not everything is so easy, nor...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell Environmental Variables to Store Temporary Information

    Summary : Use the Windows PowerShell environmental drive to store temporary information, and still use the Set-StrictMode cmdlet. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is exactly 11 days until the 2012 Scripting Games commence. Here is how I found out that salient piece of information. ...
  • 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...