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  • Blog Post: Quick news: New Microsoft resources for scripting

    Microsoft has just released two new resources to ease IT Pros’ lives. · Script Browser – IT Pros can search, download and manage 9000+ TechNet automation script samples covering almost all Microsoft IT products from within their scripting environment.  Script Browser even supports offline search...
  • Blog Post: New book: Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step

    We’re happy to announce the availability of Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735663398) by scripting expert Ed Wilson! This book is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to automating Windows administration with Windows PowerShell 3.0. Teach yourself the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Hanging out in Stockholm

    Well the Scripting Wife and I basically took a “down day” yesterday. I had a lot of work I needed to get done, and she snoozed a bit. I needed to complete the page proofs for two chapters of my new PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step book that is coming out soon on Microsoft Press. I also took the opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Games: Think you’re good at scripting…prove it at the Scripting Games

    The 2011 Scripting Games begin on April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. What is the Scripting Games, you may ask? Well simply put, the Scripting Games are the premier learning event of the year for IT Pro’s and others who wish to master Windows PowerShell. Comprising 10 events, a registered contestant...
  • Blog Post: Automating Microsoft PowerPoint

    Using Windows PowerShell to automate Microsoft PowerPoint may at first seem like a strange combination. For one thing, the people who are most skilled at using Windows PowerShell are not the ones you think of as being heavy PowerPoint users. But PowerPoint is often used by ITPros because we are frequently...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: 2010 Scripting Games Kick-Off

    Like a football team that sweats all summer preparing for opening day, so the Scripting Guys organize the 2010 Scripting Games . Just as a football team is more than just players on the field, so too the Scripting Guys involved nearly 100 people in bringing together the event. I wrote the events, but...
  • Blog Post: Win a 15-minute phone conversation with Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover!

    We’d like to remind you about the Scripting Guys’ 2010 Scripting Games, which begin today! Here are some helpful links: Advanced Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys Beginner Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys 2010 Scripting Games: All Links on One Page (including rules, forum, Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: On Creating the Scripting Wife

    Every once in a while, I get lucky. I was lucky when Teresa agreed to marry me, I was lucky when I decided to study for my MCSE way back in 1995, and I was lucky when I decided to add the Scripting Wife character for my Hey Scripting Guy! blog . How did the Scripting Wife arrive on my blog? Well, I will...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Registration for the 2010 Scripting Games open

    The registration for the 2010 Scripting Games, to be held via the TechNet Script Center opens today. Once again, we are partnering with the Windows PowerShell MVP’s and are using their PoshCode script site to upload and to showcase the Scripting Games entries. So how do the 2010 Scripting Games work...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Scripting Wife to Compete in 2010 Scripting Games

    On the face of it, one may thing this is unfair competition – after all the Scripting Wife IS married to the Microsoft Scripting Guy. However, as Teresa used to constantly tell people at her former company (before she retired a couple years ago) “just because my husband works for Microsoft, that does...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Hey Scripting Guy! Blog moves to 7 days a week

    Are you a hardcore scripting person who is addicted to Windows PowerShell? Do you find yourself waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and rushing to your computer to read the latest antics of the Microsoft Scripting Guys? Do you live on the other side of the world from Redmond, Washington, or Charlotte...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Preparing for the 2010 Scripting Games

    I have been really busy trying to get ready for the 2010 Scripting Games at the TechNet Script Center . We will have 40 guest commentators who will each write their own solution to one of the 20 scripting events. There are 20 script events because the 2010 Scripting Games consists of 10 beginner and...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: On understanding best practices

    I was recently talking with someone on Twitter about my Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book, and the person stated that best practices were for noobs (beginners). The reason given was that beginners need guidance but experienced people have already created their own best practices by virtue...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: On translating VBScript to Windows PowerShell

    One of the things that I often discuss with people who write VBScript code is the process of translating VBScript code to Windows PowerShell code. In fact, several years ago, I was approached about writing a utility that would automate the process. I thought about it long and hard, and in the end decided...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Developing a script taxonomy

    As we have been busy at the TechNet Script Center with our migration to a blog , and bringing the TechNet Script Center Gallery on line, I have been giving a lot of thought to organizing the keywords / tags that are used to provide quick links to groups of topics. The problem is the world of scripting...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: The TechNet Script Center Gallery

    At long last we have a real code gallery for the Script Center . This was a project that was in the planning stages for nearly a year. The great thing about the new code gallery is the way it fosters community involvement. The people who best know the needs of the IT Professional, is the community—because...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Lessons learned from testing 200 scripts

    I recently finished writing all 200 Windows PowerShell scripts for the Windows 7 Resource Kit. When I turned them in, the lead author Mitch Tulloch, tested them and wrote up a detailed analysis of each script. Keep in mind that prior to turning in the scripts I had tested them and I had a peer test the...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Designing input for a script

    Often when writing a script I follow a multistep process. The first thing to do, of course, is to come up with a bit of code that will perform the task that I am after. For example, if I want to obtain information about the BIOS on a computer, I will first figure out how to do this. In general everything...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Scripting Games update

    The 2009 summer scripting games are nearly half over at the script center: www.scriptingGuys.com, or still have half to go depending on your perspective. They have been absolutely awesome regardless of your disposition. I have enjoyed reading over the scripts submitted by the participants, as well as...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: The power of collaboration

    Today we begin the third day of the 2009 Summer Scripting Games. One thing has become clear to me as I have been reviewing hundreds of scripts, all of which are designed to do essentially the same thing, is that there is not a single way to accomplish a given task. When I designed the events for the...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Let the Scripting Games begin

    The 2009 Summer Scripting Games actually begin…well, let's see…yes, they actually begin today! For the last week, we have been revealing the events one day at a time. You can see that information on our blog . The events have been available for a week, but the opening ceremony is today. This year, we...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: When 6 is 5.99999999999999

    One of the great things about being the Microsoft Scripting Guy , is answering the hundreds of e-mails a week that I receive. Yes, believe it or not, I try to answer all the e-mail that comes to the Scripter@Microsoft.Com email alias. Many times, the answer is, “dude, I am totally swamped, and would...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Where are all the objects?

    I received an e-mail this morning via Scripter@Microsoft.com that stated he loved all the cool COM objects we use in our scripts over at the Microsoft Script Center. As the Microsoft Scripting Guy, I get these kinds of e-mails all the time. This time, however, the question was a bit different. He asked...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: What is an advanced Scripter?

    The Summer Scripting Games are underway and once again, the age old question raises its head: what is beginning scripting, and what is advanced scripting. It is always difficult in creating the events to know what is beginner and what is advanced. There are lots of people who have been messing around...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: The Scripting Games are Afoot

    As the author of five scripting books for Microsoft Press, I am very concerned about opportunities to learn scripting. As the Microsoft Scripting Guy, I take pride in announcing the Scripting Games. The Microsoft Script Center Summer Scripting Games 2009 began unveiling events yesterday. This year...
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