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Automation/Scripting


Here, Here (The Here String)

Order in the script -- with the here string.

Default Parameter Values: Better with PS 3

Working with variables will improve with the next version of PowerShell. Take this week's example, $PSDefaultParameterValues, a new automatic variable.

Slice and Dice with Hash Tables in PowerShell

The Group-Object cmdlet can offer up lots of information if you extract that info through hash tables. Here's how.

Process Buried Treaure

PowerShell can dig up information on processes pretty easily. It's all in the FileVersion property.

To DIR, with Love; Or, How PowerShell 3 Will Improve Get-ChildItem

PowerShell 3 makes some much-needed improvements to the Get-ChildItem cmdlet.

Can I Get a Little PowerShell Help?

When looking for cmdlet help, PowerShell 3 goes beyond version 2 with an Update-Help cmdlet.



Microsoft: Windows 8 Will Have Storage Virtualization Benefits

Microsoft revealed that Windows 8 will have a sophisticated "storage spaces" feature that works with NTFS.

Enum's the Limit

Let's start off 2012 with a tip I learned just recently: Using the PowerShell $FormatEnumerationLimit variable to customize the number of entries viewable via the Dir command.

PowerShell 2 and 3, Side by Side

Here's something nifty: you don't have uninstall PowerShell 2 to use version 3.

PowerShell 3 Goes With The Flow

PowerShell 3 adds new console redirection operators for streaming pipeline output.

PowerShell 3 Out With WMF 3.0 CTP2

Microsoft released a community technology preview 2 version of Windows Management Framework 3.0 this month, and it included the newest PowerShell.

Start-Process Cmdlet: The Best of Both Worlds

Sometimes the standby command-line or resource kit tools work best. Still, there is a way to use information from those tools with further processing in PowerShell and this command helps.

Alternate Alternate Credentials

Go GUI-less and avoid the Get-Credential cmdlet's dialog with this helpful script for supplying alternative credentials.

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Constant Companion

There's power in defining constants, even in PowerShell. Check out this week's tip.

One-of-a-Kind PowerShell Cmdlets

PowerShell can help you retrieve collections of objects or services, or just a unique subset of information. Let's look at a few cmdlets that can help you narrow your focus.