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  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Our Favorite Shell Games
    The Scripting Guys demonstrate how you can change the last-modified date of a file with some script and the Shell object.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Games Are Afoot! Oh, and Some XML, Too
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys go on and on about the 2008 Scripting Games, and they also show you how to create, append, and modify XML documents. By the way, have you heard about the 2008 Scripting Games?
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - February 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: There's No Mistaking Regular Expressions
    Looking for a way to avoid making mistakes? Validation is a good start. Learn how to perform character pattern matching in a script using regular expressions.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Return of WinRM
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Desktop Management from beyond the Grave
    The Scripting Guys demonstrate how to use Windows Remote Management to retrieve the properties and instances of classes on a remote computer. Oh, and there's a cool puzzle too.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - November 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Let There Be Silverlight
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - October 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Can This Relationship Be Saved?
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - September 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Who Are You?
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: In Scripts, as in Life, Looks Are Important
    For scripts that run in a graphical environment, looks are as important as function and performance. Explore techniques for using cascading style sheets to improve the look of your scripts.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Scripting Around the Squiggly Red Line
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - June 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Flowers Blooming. Dialogs Popping. Spring Is Here.
    Ever wonder how you could send values to and from a dialog box in an HTML Application (HTA)? Here’s an explanation of how to create a dialog box and then pass information back and forth between the dialog box and the main HTA.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - May 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Naively Taking on Local Users and Groups
    It seems everybody has been asking about it. And now the Scripting Guys (finally) show you how to use scripts to manage local users and groups.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - April 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Answering Your OU Questions…for Just 5 Cents
    Ever wish you could display a dialog box that lets select an OU from Active Directory and connect to it using a script? The Scripting Guys have just the script you're looking for.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Chasing Cars… and XML
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - February 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Be Careful What You Say
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January 2007
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Where Are the Cup Holders?
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Sure, We're Adaptable
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - November 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Setting Up Outlook E-Mail Signatures
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - October 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Late-Night Scripting
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - September 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: How Can I Delete a Key and its Subkeys from the Registry?
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: It’s About Time (Oh, and About Dates, Too)
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: We All Scream for Security Descriptors
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - May • June 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Determining a User’s Group Memberships
    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.)
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March • April 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Yes, Another One...
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January • February 2006
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Return of the Database Script
    The AllSigned execution policy provides the most secure Windows PowerShell environment. So how do you sign your Windows PowerShell scripts? Don Jones shows you how.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - April 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Raising Eyebrows on Regular Expressions
    The scripting guys visit the Louvre, take up art criticism, and show you how to use regular expressions in a script to do a search and replace.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - May 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: The Adrenaline Rush
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Not-So-Hard Work Has Its Rewards, Too
    The Scripting Guys ponder hard work, true happiness, and outputting data to the command window in a readable tabular format.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - June 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Taking the Express Route
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Stay Connected with Your Toaster
    Discover how you can use disconnected recordsets—virtual database tables—to work around VBScript limitations relating to data-sorting and working with large data sets.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - September 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Calculating Server Uptime
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - December 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Probing the Depths of WMI
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - November 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Famous Last Words
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - October 2008
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Learning to Excel
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - January 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Browsing Active Directory
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - February 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Watch the Stopwatch
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - March 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Creating CAB Files with Windows PowerShell
    File compression is even more useful when you can automate the process via scripting. Here are some Windows PowerShell scripts you can use to create and expand cab files.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - April 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Working with Access Databases in Windows PowerShell
    Automating data entry is more important than ever, and today’s automation language is Windows PowerShell. This article uses Windows PowerShell to collect some data about the local computer and write it to an Office Access database.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - May 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Creating A Self-Documenting Script
    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.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - June 2009
  • Hey, Scripting Guy!: Back Up Your Event Logs with a Windows PowerShell Script
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys create a Windows PowerShell script that provides an easy way to back up, archive, and clear your event log files.
    The Microsoft Scripting Guys - July 2009
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