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July 17, 2011  4:17 AM

Can I? Should I?



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Automation, PowerShell v2

The question “Can I do X with PowerShell?” comes up very frequently.

PowerShell provides access to a huge range of functionality:

  • .NET
  • COM
  • WMI
  • Microsoft and third party products

Usually the answer is “Yes, you...

July 16, 2010  6:59 AM

Uninstalling software



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Automation, PowerShell v2, Software, WMI

The Win32_Product class can be used to list the installed software (what shows in Control panel Programmes and Featurs) on a machine.  it can also be used to uninstall software. We can see the installed software Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product we can filter down to the results we...


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...


March 4, 2010  2:35 PM

What’s the time



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Automation, WMI

 

I was answering a question about time synchronisation and it got me wondering about check the time on multiple machines.

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November 30, 2009  8:44 AM

What is Automation?



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Automation

In the context of Windows administration - what is automation? Ask any number of admins and you will get at least that number of replies - usually more.  These answers can range from using command line tools, using batch processing\bulk editing tools, through scripting to fully automated...


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