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May 1, 2011  12:25 PM

PowerShell Deep Dive: VI WQL Query Speed–Remote

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, WMI

Looking at WQL query vs a Get-WmiObject filter on the local machine we saw that they were practically the same. If we used a where-object to do the filtering it took nearly twice as long.

I wanted to repeat these runs against a remote machine.  I use two Windows 2008 R2 servers for...

May 1, 2011  4:13 AM

PowerShell Deep Dive: V WMI associations

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Network, PowerShell v2, WMI

NOTE: If you are wondering why the Deep Dive posts are non-consecutive – they are part of a longer series posted here

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April 30, 2011  12:02 PM

PowerShell Deep Dive III: WQL query speed

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, WMI

One topic that came up during my talk at Deep Dive was the speed of running a WQL vs using –Filter in Get-WmiObject.  I’d never tested it so its time to find out.

PowerShell v2 has a handy cmdlet called Measure-Command that times how long a command runs

We’ll start...

April 29, 2011  3:28 AM

PowerShell Deep Dive: II Win32_Volume

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Disks, PowerShell v2, WMI

One question that I was asked at the deep dive -

Is there a way to link a disk volume back to the physical disk it resides on?

There doesn’t seem to be. If we test the WMI classes associated with a volume we get these results


April 26, 2011  1:08 PM

System Stability part II

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Operating System, PowerShell v2, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, WMI

Last time we looked at the Win32_ReliabilityStabilityMetrics and closed by stating we’d look at the reliability records.  Reliability records are event log records related to system reliability.  The working part of the record is shown below (after the system properties are...

April 13, 2011  12:58 PM

Tuesday’s recording

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2, User Group

The recording from Tuesdays UG meeting is available.

Richard Siddaway has invited you to view a Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording.
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April 9, 2011  2:29 AM

Scripting Games 2011 commentary ||: top 10 mistakes

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2

See this excellent for tips on what not to do when writing PowerShell scripts

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April 8, 2011  3:15 PM

Scripting Games 2011 commentary I: Line continuations

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2

No I’m not going to give you the answers – you’ll just have to wait until the events close.

During (and possibly after) the games I’m going to comment on some of the things I’ve noticed about PowerShell usage.

I want to start with breaking a PowerShell line across...

April 1, 2011  12:39 PM

PowerShell and VMware book

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Books, PowerShell v2, Virtualisation

My good friends Jonathan Medd and Alan Renouf (together with a number of co-authors) have just had their book “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration” published. More details on the book contents and for a chance to win a copy visit

April 1, 2011  11:59 AM

MVP award 2011

Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v2

I received the email this afternoon to tell me my PowerShell MVP award has been renewed for another year. Its a great honour to receive an MVP award and I’d like to thank Microsoft for the award and the PowerShell community for the opportunities that have lead to the award.

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