Hey, Scripting Guy!: Creating A Self-Documenting Script The Microsoft Scripting Guys - June 2009 In this article, the Microsoft Scripting Guys develop a script that will gather comments from other scripts (providing those comments follow a certain pattern) and then save the comments in a text file.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Watch the Stopwatch The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March 2009 The Scripting Guys demonstrate a script that times an activity and writes the results to the registry. After subsequent runs, the script retrieves the previous value from the registry and tells you both the current time and the previous time.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Browsing Active Directory The Microsoft Scripting Guys - February 2009 This installment clears up some confusion over Active Directory Browser, ADSI Scriptomatic, and browsing Active Directory. And in doing so, the Scripting Guy creates a Windows PowerShell script that will allow you to browse the Active Directory schema.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Learning to Excel The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January 2009 Discover how to use the Excel.Application automation model for a more powerful way to process data from your servers and take advantage of the analysis and charting tools built into Excel.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Calculating Server Uptime The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2008 You need to calculate server downtime in order to report on server uptime. The Scripting Guys have a Windows PowerShell script that can do this for you.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Probing the Depths of WMI The Microsoft Scripting Guys - November 2008 This month, The Scripting Guys take a close look at the WMI infrastructure. Along the way, they provide some helpful scripts that can serve as a starting point for learning more and accomplishing useful administrative tasks.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Famous Last Words The Microsoft Scripting Guys - October 2008 The Scripting Guys discuss Socrates and revisit the topic of querying an XML file . This time, however, the XML file is structured so that rather than using child nodes, additional property values are configured as attributes.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Taking the Express Route The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2008 With Windows Vista, the UserAccounts.CommonDialog ActiveX control for opening a file open dialog box no longer exists. Here's a look at how you can solve that problem using Visual Basic Express Edition.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Adrenaline Rush The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2008 The Scripting Guys discuss adrenaline-filled scripting and show you how the new boot configuration data store in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 can be accessed using scripts.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Return of WinRM The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2007 Did the butler do it? Was it in the pantry with the candlestick? None of these questions are answered here. But after four long weeks, the Scripting Guys are back with Part 2 of their two-part series on WinRM.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Let There Be Silverlight The Microsoft Scripting Guys - October 2007 Silverlight makes it easy to create cool user interfaces and multimedia presentations. And it seems to work well in HTML Applications, or HTAs. The Scripting Guys show you how to give Silverlight a try.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Can This Relationship Be Saved? The Microsoft Scripting Guys - September 2007 Relational databases are designed to handle one-to-many relationships. This can make writing scripts that query these databases a bit tricky. But don’t worry—the Scripting Guys are here to show you everything you need to know.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Who Are You? The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2007 With Active Directory, users can have a variety of identities, such as givenName, displayName, userPrincipalName, or distinguishedName. As a system administrator, how do you get all this information about a user? With a script, of course.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Scripting Around the Squiggly Red Line The Microsoft Scripting Guys - June 2007 Looking for an easier way to add terms to the Microsoft Word dictionary without doing it by hand, one word at a time? Who isn't? This month, the Scripting Guys show you how to create custom dictionaries in Microsoft Word, and how to programmatically configure Word to use those dictionaries.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Where Are the Cup Holders? The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2006 You've already got VBScript and Windows Script Host. Why should you bother with a new tool for scripting? We'll show you how Windows PowerShell is more powerful, allowing you to do things you haven’t been able to do in the past.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Sure, We're Adaptable The Microsoft Scripting Guys - November 2006 You can do a lot of networking through scripts. Two Windows Management Instrumentation classes, Win32_NetworkAdapter and Win32_NetworkAdapaterConfiguration, allow you to work with network adapters on your computers.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: It’s About Time (Oh, and About Dates, Too) The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2006 You know, the Scripting Guys hardly ever wax philosophical. (We hardly ever wax our cars or our floors, either, but that’s a different story. ) When it comes to the nature of time, however, well, in that case we just can’t help ourselves.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: We All Scream for Security Descriptors The Microsoft Scripting Guys - May • June 2006 Sometimes things are just more complicated than they should be. Take a simple little task like deciding which ice cream to order. Back when the Scripting Guys were growing up this was easy; for the most part, you had your choice between chocolate and vanilla.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Determining a User’s Group Memberships The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March • April 2006 Groucho Marx once said, "I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." (The Scripting Guys hold a similar philosophy...or we would if we could ever find a group that would accept us as members.)
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Yes, Another One... The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January • February 2006 Greetings, everyone. In one of their classic Halloween episodes, the Simpsons became rich and famous. Their faces were everywhere: on billboards, on T-shirts, you name it. Not too surprisingly the people of Springfield quickly tired of seeing the Simpsons everywhere they looked.