Why Are All These Services Starting?

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using WMI to find out how services start.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I was looking at the processes on my workstation, and I see lots of things running. I suspect many of these are actually services. But I am wondering how I can use Windows PowerShell to find… Read more

Exclude Delayed Start Services when Checking Status with PowerShell

Summary: Windows PowerShell MVP, Mike Robbins, shows us how to use Windows PowerShell to check the status of Windows services and improve the accuracy of results. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Mike Robbins. Mike F Robbins is a senior systems engineer with 20 years of professional experience as an… Read more

The Admin’s First Steps: Capacity Planning Part 2

Summary: Richard Siddaway talks about using Windows PowerShell to store data for capacity planning.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve just starting learning PowerShell and I understand how to use it as a scripting language and shell. I’ve been told to start performing capacity planning for my servers, and I am wondering how I can use Windows… Read more

The Admin’s First Steps: Capacity Planning Part 1

Summary: Richard Siddaway talks about using Windows PowerShell to collect data for capacity planning.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve just starting learning Windows PowerShell and I understand how to use it as a scripting language and shell. I’ve been told to start performing capacity planning for my servers and was wondering how I can use Windows… Read more

PowerTip: Use PoweShell to Start Service on Remote Machine

Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to start a service on a remote machine.  How can I start a service on a remote machine?  To start a service on a local machine: Get-Service -Name bits  | Start-service But if you try to use the same technique on a remote machine, it tries to start… Read more

The Admin’s First Steps: Discovering Shares

Summary: Richard Siddaway talks about using Windows PowerShell to discover shares on remote systems.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve just starting using Windows PowerShell to administer my systems, and I’ve been asked to discover the shares on some remote servers. How can I do that? —OL  Hello OL, Honorary Scripting Guy, Richard Siddaway, here today—filling in… Read more

The Admin’s First Steps: Testing Service Health

Summary: Richard Siddaway talks about using Windows PowerShell to automate health tests across your server estate.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve just starting using Windows PowerShell to administer my systems, and I’ve been asked to test the service health on my servers. How can I do that? —GK  Hello GK, Honorary Scripting Guy, Richard Siddaway, here… Read more

PowerTip: Find Services with the Same Dependencies with PowerShell

Summary: Use Windows PowerShell to find services that have the same dependencies.  How can I use Windows PowerShell to easily find services that have the same dependencies?  Use the Get-Service cmdlet with the RequiredServices parameter, and supply the name of the dependent service. (The following example shows services that require the rpcss service on my laptop.) PS C:\> Get-Service… Read more

Send an Email Message with Service Status Via PowerShell

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to send an email message with service status info.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a number of services on a remote server that I would like to monitor. I would like to see the status of these services and receive these status updates… Read more

Use PowerShell to Find Non-Starting Automatic Services

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to troubleshoot non-starting automatic services.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I have this server in a remote office that is running SharePoint. I do not know what version, but I am not certain that is a problem because it used to work. The problem is the… Read more