Top PowerShell Scripts of 2014


Summary: Windows PowerShell MVP, Teresa Wilson, talks about the top Windows PowerShell scripts of 2014 in the Script Center Script Repository.

Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Windows PowerShell MVP, Teresa Wilson, also known as "The Scripting Wife" is here today to tell us the five most popular scripts that were downloaded from the Script Center Repository in 2014. Take it away Teresa...

Hello all. I have gathered some stats for you. Here are the top five most popular scripts that were downloaded from the Script Center Repository in 2014:

1. File System Security PowerShell Module 3.2.2 by Raimund Andree

This script enables much easier management of permissions on files and folders by using Windows PowerShell. It was originally released in 2011 and it was updated in 2014.

2. Windows Update PowerShell Module  by MichalGajda

This function is a piece of the PSWindowsUpdate module for managing Windows Update on a computer system running Windows. The whole module contains a set of functions to check, download, and install updates from Windows PowerShell. It was originally released in 2011 and it was updated in 2014.

3. PowerShell: Create Active Directory Users Based on Excel  with input by HicanNL

This script creates users in Active Directory based on the settings in the input file. (It includes an Excel/CSV file as an example of the input file.) It was originally released in 2012 and it was updated in 2014.

4. Remove Windows Store apps in Windows 8 by the OneScript team

This script can be used to remove multiple Windows Store apps from a user account in Windows 8. It provides a list of installed Windows Store apps. You can specify the application IDs, and remove them all at one time. It was originally released in 2011 and it was updated in 2014.

5. Download and Install SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2012 by Craig Lussier

These Windows PowerShell scripts automate downloading and installing the SharePoint 2013 prerequisites on computers running Windows Server 2012. The scripts assist people who need to install SharePoint 2013 offline or want to manually install its prerequisites on computers running Windows Server 2012. This was originally released in 2012 and it was updated in 2014

As you can see, all the previous scripts were originally released in an earlier year and updated in 2014. I looked for the top two scripts that were released in 2014, and I came up with the following:

1. DSC Resource Kit (All Modules) by the Windows PowerShell team

The DSC Resource Kit is a collection of experimental Desired State Configuration (DSC) resources that were released by the Windows PowerShell team, designed to help you get started with DSC. These resources allow you to configure Active Directory, SQL Server, IIS, Hyper-V, RDSH, and more.

2. CleanMgr.exe/KB2852386 Automation Example by Tom Moser

This script is an automation example for KB2852386. (KB2852386 is an update for the Disk Cleanup wizard.)

I hope you have had a wonderful 2014 and are looking forward to the great things you can accomplish with Windows PowerShell in 2015.

~Teresa

Thank you, Teresa, for putting this list together for us.

I invite you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at scripter@microsoft.com, or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.

Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy 

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