Archive for the ‘Windows Scripting News’ Category


Windows PowerShell 2.0 eBook ready for purchase and download

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by Ferdinand Rios
SAPIEN Press' Windows PowerShell 2.0:TFM eBook by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks is ready for purchase and download on This book is a major update to the best selling Windows PowerShell 1.0:TFM, the first PowerShell book available. Don and Jeff have updated their opus to include every nook and cranny of PowerShell 2.0. Check out the book details at SAPIENPress. If you previously purchased the IPO version of this eBook, simply go to, login, and then re-download the ebook. You will get the finished version downloaded to your machine.…   More »

Free Windows PowerShell ebook

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 by Ferdinand Rios
With the recent release of Windows PowerShell v.2 and the immanent publication of our well regarded Windows PowerShell v.2 TFM book by Don Jones and Jeff Hicks, SAPIEN is releasing our Windows PowerShell v.1 TFM eBook as a FREE download to the public. Even though this eBook is for version 1 of PowerShell, the book still contains loads of valuable information about PowerShell's core workings and cmdlets. Download the eBook today at Just look for the entry entitled "Powershell TFM V1 eBook".…   More »

Powershell Help 2.0 Community Edition

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by Alex Riedel
Our Powershell Help tool has been a favorite download for quite some time now. The built-in help command in the Powershell console is helpful if you need just some quick lookup, but for browsing and reading the console just isn't good enough. The CHM file Microsoft released is a pretty nice graphical way of getting help for the built-in cmdlets but it's a closed file and information for third party or even other Microsoft snapins is not available and cannot be added. Cmdlets organized by popular verbs This new version of our popular Powershell help tool allows importing any xml…   More »

PowerShell V.2

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Robert Morey
PowerShell V.2 is here and SAPIEN is ready! Don Jones and Jeff Hicks have been working hard on a text for version 2. The result is Windows PowerShell V.2: TFM.  We are currently accepting pre-orders as To read more about content and changes please visit…   More »

Registry access from 32 to 64 bit and back

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 by Alex Riedel
Just recently, I received an email asking how you can access the 64 bit registry from a 32 bit script, or vice versa. The task the individual was facing was to come up with a way to verify installed applications via checking the corresponding Windows Installer registry entries. For a C++ programmer with access to the API, that really is not a big issue. From VBScript, using only WshShell.RegRead that is a completely different story. A quick consult with some fellow script experts revealed that the only real way was using WMI and the StdRegProvider. The main complaint I heard…   More »

Attention User Groups

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 by Robert Morey
We are sending our CEO and CTO on tour! SAPIEN Technologies will be visiting a number of user groups within the US to meet and discuss ideas, present new exciting products and to get feedback from you, our customers and users. Of course we  will also sponsor those meetings with cool prizes and whatever goodies the airlines let us take along.   So if you belong to any VBScript, PowerShell or general System/Network Administrators users group, this is your chance to reserve a spot for your group to have one of the founders of SAPIEN speak at and sponsor one…   More »

Sometimes all you need is an editor

Monday, March 30th, 2009 by Alex Riedel
System Administrator are a busy lot and some of them literally run around all day fighting fires on computers no longer connected to anything. Others use remote access to tend to a large number of servers. Or both. Thanks to scripting, most repetitive tasks are taken care of. But sometimes you need to double check a script at some location or modify something you have, to fit the task at hand. Since you are on the road, literally or virtually, you don't have PrimalScript with you. Or you just are not supposed to install anything on that particular computer. That…   More »

Microsoft Update PowerShell v1.0

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 by Jeffery Hicks
After a lot of hard work on the PowerShell team's part, Microsoft has finally made PowerShell v1.0 available as an optional download on Microsoft Update. It will likely only be detected if you have no other versions of Powershell already installed, this includes any CTP release. Obviously you must be running a supported operating system with the latest service pack, which means no Windows 2000, and you must already have the .NET Framework v2.0 installed.  That too should have the latest patches. Before you get gung-ho and have spread all this PowerShell goodness in your network, remember it still needs…   More »

WMI Live

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 by Alex Riedel
Similar to the enhanced SQL support, PrimalScript 2009 provides enhanced WMI and WQL support. WMI is an important tool in the administrators arsenal. It allows you to accomplish many tasks, local and remote with very little effort. However, the sheer number of WMI classes and their properties can be overwhelming and make it sometimes hard to quickly discover what you need. The new object browser in PrimalScript 2009 lists all your WMI namespaces, their classes and each classes properties. The classes inside any given namespace are sorted and grouped by their prefix (CIM, WIN32 etc.), so you can more easily…   More »

Objects in motion

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 by Alex Riedel
Writing scripts to automate administrative tasks can be challenging. Not only do you need to master the particular scripting language you intend to use, you also need to find the right object and technology for the task at hand. PrimalScript 2009 makes the development cycle of Discovery - Experimentation - Implementation that most script authors use much more efficient. The new object browser in PrimalScript 2009 gives you access to the most commonly used type of objects; COM, PowerShell Cmdlets, WMI and the .NET framework. Each of these nodes shows the underlying objects in an organized, easy to understand way.…   More »