PowerShell for Windows Admins:

May, 2010

May 30, 2010  3:22 PM

Windows Netbooks: The Path to Low Cost Computing

Posted by: Richard Siddaway


Author: James Floyd Kelly

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 978-1-4302-2399-3

My usual three criteria for judging a book are:

  • Is it technically accurate?
  • Does deliver the material it claims to deliver?
  • Is worth the cost of...

May 30, 2010  9:47 AM

Reading Registry values

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, Registry

We have seen how to access the registry using the StdRegProv class. Now we look at reading from the registry. If we know the value we want to read out of the registry we can use one of the following classes


May 26, 2010  12:29 PM

PowerShell in Practice ebook deal

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Books, PowerShell v2

I know there isn’t much of today left but if you are quick its possible to get an ebook version of PowerShell in Practice for $15.  See the deal of the day at http://www.manning.com/

May 24, 2010  3:14 PM

Query me no more

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, WMI

One of the things I noticed in the recent Scripting Games was that a lot of the scripts would do things like this

$query = "Select MaxClockSpeed from Win32_Processor"
$proc = Get-WmiObject -Query $query
Write-Host "Speed: " $proc.MaxClockSpeed


May 21, 2010  12:52 PM

Quick ping

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Automation, PowerShell v2, WMI

If you’ve used ping before you’ll know that it normally returns four replies from the target.  In PowerShell we have Test-Connection which does the same job. It also normally returns four replies.

When I’m working with remote machines I often want to check they are available...

May 18, 2010  2:09 PM

UG May 2010 Recording, Slides and demo

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, User Group, WMI

Thank you to everyone who joined the Live Meeting this evening. Hope you enjoyed the session on PowerShell events.

The slides and demo files are available from

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May 15, 2010  8:41 AM

hey ho hey ho its off to print we go

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Books, PowerShell v2

PowerShell in Practice will be going to the printers next week.

Between now and 21 May 2010 you can get 40% off of PowerShell in Practice (and other Manning books that are in the final stages of production)

Use promotional code m1440 at checkout from

May 12, 2010  3:06 PM

WMI and the Registry

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, Registry, WMI

We can use WMI to access the registry on local and remote machines – if you remember back to VBScript it was the way to access the registry. In PowerShell we have a couple of PowerShell drives available  through the provider Name          ...

May 4, 2010  3:07 PM

String Substitution with WMI

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, WMI

String substitution is one of my favourite bits of PowerShell. If you’ve not seen it before the idea is that you can substitute a variable into a double quoted string.  Note that single quote strings won’t work. As an example PS> $colour = "red" PS> "The balloon is $colour" The...

May 3, 2010  1:05 PM

PowerShell UG May 2010

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, User Group

When: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:30 PM (BST)

Where: Live Meeting 

PowerShell eventing using WMI, .NET and the PowerShell engine Notes Richard Siddaway has invited you to attend an online meeting using Live Meeting.

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