PowerShell for Windows Admins:

January, 2014


January 22, 2014  1:56 PM

When did Windows update last run

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

A question came up on the forum regarding when Windows Update last run and when an update was last installed.  Get-Hotfix shows the date of installation for most BUT not all patches. The registry holds values showing last successful detection and install: $props = [ordered]@{ LastDetect =...

January 22, 2014  12:30 PM

Win32_OperatingSystem examples

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

The Win32_ComputerOperatingSystem class can provide a good deal of information about the OS installed on your machines. These examples are converted from those presented here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394596%28v=vs.85%29.aspx # ServicePack version Get-CimInstance -ClassName...


January 20, 2014  1:30 PM

Win32_Process examples–running applications

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

You can see the running processes on a local or remote machine using Get-Process. Alternatively you can use Win32_Process: Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Process | select Name, ProcessID, Threadcount, PageFileUsage, PageFaults, WorkingSetSize | Format-Table –AutoSize You can use the...


January 20, 2014  1:00 PM

Win32_Process examples–test command line

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

To see the command lines that have been used when processes are started is simple one liner: Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Process | select Name, CommandLine If you want to investigate specific processes use the –Filter parameter to restrict the processes


January 20, 2014  12:54 PM

Win32_Examples–start application in hidden window

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

This one is interesting as I’d tried doing this a while back and failed.  Starting a process with Win32_Process is straightforward but controlling the process – such as starting in a hidden window wasn’t working. This is how you do it: function start-hiddenproc...


January 18, 2014  6:24 AM

Winter Scripting Games 2014–event 1

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

The event instructions for event 1 are available for download. Entries will be accepted starting tomorrow. Event will close 26 January 00:00:00 UTC


January 17, 2014  1:25 PM

Win32_Process examples–running scripts

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

Back in the day when all we had was VBScript you could run scripts through the command line (cscript) or you would get a more graphical interface (wscript).  One of the examples at Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


January 17, 2014  11:45 AM

Winter Scripting Games 2014–tips

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

Event 1 is available for download in just over 6 hours In the mean time head over to powershell.org and look at the fantastic set of tips that the coaches are putting out


January 17, 2014  8:38 AM

Kindle app for Windows 8

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

I’ve written unfavourably on the Kindle app in the past but I stumbled on an piece of functionality in the app that makes me take a lot of my comments back – search. If you are in the Kindle app and bring up the charms you can get into search. This means you can search for books within your...


January 17, 2014  3:36 AM

Win32_Process examples

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

In case you were wondering where the examples came that inspired the code in this series from its here - Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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