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  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy!: Stay Connected with Your Toaster

    As the Scripting Guy notes, t he old phrase "you can run but you can't hide" was never more true than it is today— when even your toaster can be Internet-enabled. But disconnection happens, and then what do you do? We—or rather the scripting guys— are here to tell you . Discover how you can...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Browsing Active Directory

    "Where can I get the Active Directory Browser?" This may be the number one quest ion we hear—and we’ve never even see the Active Directory Browser! Does it exist? Did it ever exist? This installment attempts to clear up the confusion and, in doing so, the Scripting Guy creates a Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine January 2009 Issue Available Online

    The January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Learn about Identity Lifecycle Manager 2, delve into Group Policy Preferences, get an overview of advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with Extended Events, discover a handy free utility for managing USB flash drives, and more. FEATURE...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Calculating Server Uptime

    Up is up and down is down, right? Maybe so, but sometimes the two are not as separate as you’d think. That’s definitely the case when it comes to server uptime: if you want to report on server uptime, you need to be able to calculate server downtime. The Microsoft Scripting Guys present   a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Writing regular expressions with Windows PowerShell

    While we intuitively recognize character patterns within a string like IP addresses, dates, UNC paths, and zip codes, computers have to work a bit harder in order to "understand" complicated formats like these. That's where regular expressions come into play. In the November issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Scripting for identity

    In the August 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , the Scripting Guys are on sentry duty... No, wait. This month the Microsoft Scripting Guys are brushing up on their World Series trivia... Hold on, what's this about meat hooks? Sorry, that can't be right.... Actually, in this issue of TechNet Magazine the...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! - Relationships Matter

    Relationships do matter. But how would the Scripting Guys, of all people, know that relationships matter? TV Or so they say. You'll have to read their Hey, Scripting Guy! column in the September issue of TechNet Magazine to find out why. While you're there, you may just learn a thing or two about how...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Raising Eyebrows on Regular Expressions

    The Microsoft Scripting Guys visit the Louvre, take up art criticism, and follow up on a previous column that showed how to use regular exp ressions in a script to do a search. As the Scripting Guys are the first to admit, search alone is not enough. You also need to be able to replace, and the May installment...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Working without a Script

    Are you waiting to learn Windows PowerShell because you just don't have time to learn scripting right now? You may be surprised to learn that you can do some truly amazing things using Windows PowerShell without writing a lick of code. In the October 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, Don Jones demonstrates...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Probing the Depths of WMI

    Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the Microsoft impleme ntation of Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM)—a technology that lets you access information about the objects in your enterprise environment that have to be managed, such as systems, applications, networks, devices, and other managed...
  • Blog Post: The March 2009 Issue of TechNet Magazine Is Now Available Online

    The March 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In this issue, we delve into Office Communications Server. Learn about the new features in OCS 2007 R2, see how you can extend your R2 deployment to legacy devices, get advice on securing your OCS environment, discover how you can manage...
  • Blog Post: Explore New Cmdlets for Debugging in Windows PowerShell 2.0

    Learn about the new debugging cmdlets that make it easier to debug scripts in Windows PowerShell 2.0 . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Famous Last Words

    What did famous Greek philosopher Socrates have to say about XML files? Fi nd out as the Scripting Guys revisit the topic of querying an XML file. This time, the XML file is structured so that rather than using child nodes, additional property values are configured as attributes. And don’t miss this...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Welcomes The Scripting Guys

    In our January/February 2006 issue, we are very excited to welcome The Scripting Guys as regular contributors to TechNet Magazine . Be sure to have a look at their inaugural Hey, Scripting Guy! (print edition) column, dealing with how to determine the last time a user logged on to Active Directory. ...
  • Blog Post: April 2009 Issue of TechNet Magazine Now Available Online

    The April 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In this issue, we introduce you to new features and enhancements in the latest version of Internet Explorer, help you manage multiple Active Directory forests, explore Office Communicator Web Access, explain voice conferencing in OCS 2007...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Securing the Shell

    In the September 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, Don Jones explains why Windows PowerShell is a more secure scripting environment than previous efforts, and how you can work effectively and safely in that environment. Don also highlights, as his cmdlet of the month, the Set-AuthenticodeSignature cmdlet...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy!: Taking the Express Route

    With Windows Vista, t he UserAccounts.CommonDialog ActiveX control for opening a file open dialog box no longer exists. Here's a look at how you can solve   that problem using Visual Basic. No, wait. Don't run off saying "I don't have that!" or "I can't afford that!" Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! There's No Mistaking Regular Expressions

    Have regular expressions always seemed too arcane to delve into? If so, you’ll want to delve into the January column from The Microsoft Scripting Guys, which makes understanding regular expressions lots easier. The Guys poke at Microsoft Bob a bit, then go on to show you how you can use regular...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to the Microsoft Scripting Guys

    All of us here at TechNet Magazine headquarters are immensely proud of the content we publish every month. Every article comes from a subject matter expert who really knows what they're talking about, and each one of those authors has a big fan club in the form of the TechNet Magazine staff (as well...
  • Blog Post: Scripting with Windows PowerShell

    A few months ago, TechNet Magazine was happy to welcome Don Jones - the lead Scripting Guru at SAPIEN Technologies - as a new monthly columnist. Each month, Don writes about one of the most exciting new technologies for the IT Pro - Windows PowerShell. This new command-line shell and scripting environment...
  • Blog Post: Hey Scripting Guy! We've got a puzzle for you!

    Yeah, I know. We just got the October issue of TechNet Magazine online last week, and I've barely started blogging about that issue. But the November installment of Hey, Scripting Guy! has a cool new feature I thought you'd like to see. Starting in November, the Microsoft Scripting Guys will have a new...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Not-So-Hard Work Has Its Rewards, Too

    Writing a script that outpu ts data in tabular format is using VBScript is just plain hard, not to mention lots of work. But in this month’s column, the Scripting Guys show you how to do it   with minimal effort using Microsoft.CmdLib object. (This solution is just for those of you running Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: The Power of Filtering

    In the August issue of TechNet Magazine , Don Jones shows you how Windows PowerShell can help you write scripts that act against multiple remote computers . You could use WMI, but Windows PowerShell is better suited to batch operations thanks to its basis in objects and its ability to work directly with...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Games Are Afoot! Oh, and Some XML, Too

    Exactly one year ago, the Microsoft Scripting Guys published a column that explained how you could use a script to read an XML file. What that column didn't tell you was how you could use a script to create, write, and modify an XML file. This month, they decided to right that wrong . You'd like to know...
  • Blog Post: An Easy Way to send Windows PowerShell Output as E-Mail

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 offers a new cmdlet that makes it easy to send e-mail from a script . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS