PowerShell: Embed binary data in your script

When writing automation scripts or modules, you might find that you frequently reference external binary data. “Binary data? Well, that accounts for all data!” you might say. Yes, that’s true. But I’m talking about binary data as opposed to files containing simple ASCII or UTF-8 data. Maybe there’s some better …

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PowerShell: Tracert or Trace-Route?

UPDATE (2012-07-27): Justin Dearing (@zippy1981) sent me an updated version of the script, which improves on the following: Has some comment-based help Parameter checking Grab it here: Invoke-TraceRoute.ps1 Any network or systems administrator is familiar with the good old tracert.exe utility that’s been included outof-the-box in Windows for years now. …

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Copy Filenames to Clipboard with PowerShell

Have you ever wanted to copy a large amount of data to the Windows clipboard, but haven’t known quite how to do it? How about this scenario: you have a folder full of files, and you want to get a list of the files’ full names / paths. That’s pretty …

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Checking Status of a Windows 7 System Image

If you’re running Windows 7, you may periodically create a “System Image” which is essentially just a VHD backup of your system. When you invoke the task, you will be presented with a dialog box similar to the following, which shows the progress of the backup: If you are scripting …

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Silently Installing the Windows 7 AIK

So I’m working on some automated lab build “stuff” and I tried to silently install the Windows 7 AIK using a simple call to msiexec. Apparently there is something built into the Windows 7 AIK MSI package that prevents it from being installed non-interactively. This is a bit frustrating. Upon …

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