Posts Tagged ‘Windows’


Introducing the MSI Wizard

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
Both PrimalScript 2014 and PowerShell Studio 2014 will have to ability to create Windows Installer files (MSI) for your scripts, modules or packaged executables. It works pretty straightforward; put the files you want to install into a folder, enter some additional settings and mucho presto you have an installer. As we previously pointed out, this may be a transition for some of you. So we decided to make a time limited preview copy available for everyone to test. Let’s go through the fields and options. 1. Product Details Product Name: That is what you will see in the Control Panel’s…   More »

PrimalScript 2011 and Windows 2003 Server (64 bit)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by Alex Riedel
PrimalScript and PrimalForms 2011 make heavy use of the "sysnative" virtual folder to access 64 bit operating system tools and files. Under the 64 bit versions of Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP that virtual folder is not available by default. In order to ensure proper installation and operation we recommend that you install the following Microsoft hotfix prior to installing PrimalScript 2011 or PrimalForms 2011.…   More »

Back From TechEd: Why should I use PowerShell to create Windows Forms Applications?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by David Corrales
There was a lot of interest about PrimalForms during this year’s TechEd. Rumor has it the Microsoft PowerShell Team even demonstrated PrimalForms in one of their presentations. We were very happy to talk to with our users during the show. One of the questions we were asked was: Why should I use PowerShell to create Windows Forms Applications? There are a few reasons you might want to use PowerShell to create Windows Forms Applications: 1. Levy the power of PowerShell with the ease of a GUI interface. 2. It doesn’t require a developer to create a cool customized GUI application.…   More »

Where do I begin?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 by Jeffery Hicks
"I'm new to scripting and need a book recommendation." "Should I learn VBScript or PowerShell?" "What are some good books for learning scripting?" These are natural and common questions. A few years ago the answers would have been simple. But today if you are just getting started with administrative scripting, the answers only bring more questions. The real question isn't what book should you read but what technology should you learn? If you are a a SAPIEN blog reader I'm going to assume that the choice comes down to VBScript or PowerShell. The quick answer is to learn both, but I realize that's not practical. So let's look at this a bit further and realize that some of this will change once PowerShell v2.0 is released as part of Windows 7 and depending on your adoption of Windows 7.   More »

Free PrimalForms tool for PowerShell released

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by Alex Riedel
We are pleased to announce that the free GUI builder tool for PowerShell is now available for download. Head on over to to get it. (Registrations with a valid email address is required) The tool works with PowerShell V1 and the current V2 CTP. Our very own Jeffery Hicks created some samples that are included with the installer. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please head over to the free tools section in our support forum.…   More »

PowerShell Production Poll

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 by Jeffery Hicks
If you've been to the SAPIEN blog, hopefully you've noticed the simple poll: "Are you using PowerShell in a production environment?" Right now 75% of respondents are using PowerShell today to manage their network. I'm curious about the other 25%. I'm not passing judgement but am genuinely interested why an organization is NOT using PowerShell. Here are some reasons I can think of.   More »

Techmentor NYC

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 by Jeffery Hicks
I've been getting things ready for my next Techmentor appearance. This one is practically in my back yard. I'll be in NYC on Monday and Tuesday next week.   More »

“Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI” Samples

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 by Don Jones
 These are the sample scripts from the last printing of Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI, by Don Jones. Download ZIP file.…   More »

Practical PowerShell Code Downloads

Monday, March 10th, 2008 by Jeffery Hicks
If you've been reading the Windows Administration in RealTime ejournal, I hope you've enjoyed my Practical PowerShell column. You've also may have been wondering where to get your hands on the code.   More »

Dr. Dobb’s Windows PowerShell

Thursday, March 6th, 2008 by Jeffery Hicks
I came across a nice intro article about PowerShell on Dr. Dobb's by Doug Finke. Given that the site is targeted at developers some of the material towards the end is a little on the programmatic side. But overall it is a help introduction to Powershell.  Right now it is appears to be their top article on the site. If you've been wondering what all the fuss is, or if your boss needs a quick lesson take a look.…   More »