PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Obtain a Listing of Windows Drivers

Summary: Use the Get-WindowsDriver cmdlet to obtain a quick list of Windows drivers.  How can I use Windows PowerShell 3.0 on a computer running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 to obtain a list of drivers?                      Use the Get-WindowsDriver cmdlet and specify the –online switch.                      …


Announcing the 2012 Honorary Scripting Guys

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, announces the 2012 Honorary Scripting Guys— A Recognition for Outstanding Windows PowerShell Community Support. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, I have an exciting announcement! Drum roll please: dadadadadadada…CLING! Yes, for the second time ever, we have more official Honorary Scripting Guys! Yes, that’s right. What does…


PowerTip: Display the Current Time and Date on a Remote Computer

Summary: See how to use Windows PowerShell to display the current date and time on a remote computer.  How can I display the current date and time on a remote computer by using Windows PowerShell?                 Use Windows PowerShell remoting, and the Invoke-Command cmdlet to run Get-Date.            …


Weekend Scripter: Scripting Wife Grabs the Keyboard

Summary: The Scripting Wife reviews various community resources for learning Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is the weekend and today we have a special guest blogger. She probably will not directly answer any specific questions about a script, nor will she solve a scripting scenario, but she does know who…


PowerTip: Automatically Format Your PowerShell Table

Summary: Set a default preference variable and avoid typing –autosize and –wrap with Windows PowerShell 3.0.  How can I avoid always having to type –autosize and –wrap with the Format-Table cmdlet? I am using Windows PowerShell 3.0.                        Set the $PSDefaultParameterValues automatic variable with the appropriate default values. This can be done on a Windows PowerShell session basis or stored in…


Use PowerShell to Update Address Info in Active Directory

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to update address information in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Yesterday, at the Charlotte Windows PowerShell user group meeting, one of the members was talking about adding mailing information to all of the users in a particular…


PowerTip: Use Show-Command to Obtain a Floatable Command Window

Summary: Use the Show-Command cmdlet Windows PowerShell cmdlet to obtain a floatable command window.  How can I see the parameters for a cmdlet at the same time as I am trying to write a script in Windows PowerShell 3.0?                   Use the Show-Command cmdlet. It is smart enough to even use aliases. This appears…


Use PowerShell to Standardize Titles in Active Directory

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to standardize user titles and descriptions in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, the weather in Charlotte, North Carolina, has certainly turned—it’s cold outside, gray, and our friends just a few miles north of us are…