Author Archives: richardsiddaway

Optimising WMI calls–part 1

Recently saw some code where user was running this $bootupMemory = gwmi -Query “SELECT * FROM Win32_OperatingSystem” -ComputerName $srv$cpuLoad = gwmi -Query “SELECT * FROM Win32_Processor” -ComputerName $srv $tSessions = gwmi -Query “SELECT * FROM Win32_TerminalService” -ComputerName $srv $ima = … Continue reading

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PowerShell is Open Sourced

For those of you that have been at PowerShell events over the last few years you’ll have heard Jeffrey Snover state that he wanted to take PowerShell to other platforms. Now its happened Jeffrey has announced that an ALPHA release … Continue reading

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Update-Help errors

Updatable help brings the benefit of up to date help with typos fixed and new edge cases described. The down side is that it sometimes fails: PS> Update-Help -ForceUpdate-Help : Failed to update Help for the module(s) ‘Microsoft.PowerShell.Operation.Validation’with UI culture(s) … Continue reading

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What you don’t know

  This article – – started me thinking about the times I’ve worked on big projects. One of the things we’d do was discuss things that could become problems. Knowledge falls into three groups: – things you know – … Continue reading

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Kindle Fire extinction

Today my Kindle Fire tablet finally stopped working. Its been more than temperamental for the last 12 months – freezing at least once or twice a day, not responding to touch input, not downloading content but today it finally stopped. … Continue reading

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PowerShell Summit 2017–Call for Topics

The Call for Topics for PowerShell Summit 2017 is live on –

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SysAdmin Day

Today is SysAdmin day – Time to show your appreciation for the people who keep your computing going

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