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PowerShell Ping Test

Posted by gygon on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Used this little script the other day for a basic network test to an access point I was testing. It just pings the device every 10 seconds (or whatever you set it at) and only outputs when there is an error and the time it occurred. Made for an easy way to leave this running over […]

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Using PowerShell to monitor a web server

Posted by gygon on Monday, November 14th, 2011

A couple years ago I posted about a PowerShell script that would read in a web page. I used that to setup a basic web site test to go through a list of web sites/servers and make sure they were up and running and email an alert if they were down or the size of […]

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Monitoring the Event Log with PowerShell

Posted by gygon on Saturday, March 21st, 2009

One of my goals with learning more about PowerShell is to be able to monitor the event logs on servers and notify me via email when certain events happen. The system I’m looking to monitor are not part of a domain, are in remote locations on isolated networks. Some of the main things I’m looking […]

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Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Sharing Printer between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ran into this the other day when trying to share an old printer connected to a 32-bit version of Windows Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 where there were it wouldn’t connect. Found this little trick and worked easily enough. Share the printer on the computer it is attached to as normal. On […]

Tab key changing window focus

Monday, June 4th, 2012

This is one of those issues that if it had not happened to me and someone called to tell me they were having this problem, I’d probably think they were nuts! I use the tab key all the time to move between fields, so when it started switching the window focus, I started checking my […]

Recover Offline Files and Folders for Vista / Win 7

Friday, November 4th, 2011

After moving over several systems from an old SBS2003 domain to a new SBS2011 Essentials server, one user noticed that there were several files missing from their documents. To be more accurate, the files were there but they were very old versions of the file, not the current one they had been working on. After […]

Set default printer with batch file script

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

For some reason QuickBooks seems to like changing the default printer on some workstations. Haven’t found the cause yet but decided to put in this work-around to make everyone happy. Added this to a login batch file that runs on the system to reset the default printer for each local computer: Note that the PrintUIEntry […]

Running app from Mapped Drive – Avoiding UAC Prompts

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

While reinstalling a Windows Vista system the other day I ran into a problem with the UAC security prompt. The primary applicaiton that is run on this computer is not installed locally but run directly from a mapped drive. Normally the user just clicks on the shortcut and the app launches but after a clean […]

Exchange 440 Login Timeout

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Had an issue with an old Exchange 2003 server the other day….in the middle of the day users were disconnected in Outlook (using RPC over HTTPS) and when trying to log into the Exchange web page to view mail, users received the error “440 Login Timeout”. Did the generic solve-all of rebooting the server but […]

Copy file and append date and time

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Recently set this up for someone and then had someone else looking to do the same thing about a week later. Figured it would be good to post it here for future reference. The first example adds just the date: The second example adds both the date and timestamp: Some reference: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/for.mspx?mfr=true http://stackoverflow.com/questions/203090/how-to-get-current-datetime-on-windows-command-line-in-a-suitable-format-for-usi

Thin client Setup notes HP t5740e

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

While setting up a new HP t5740e thin client for testing, I needed to install Adobe Reader. The problem was I kept getting the error that there was not enough room on the drive. There was still over 3GB remaining but the Temp drive (in My Computer > Advanced > Environment Variables) was setup to […]

Map Printer and Set to Default in Batch File

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

While setting up a new thin client system (HP t5740e) to test with I wanted to make things as easy on myself as possible when it came to the printers. I know we go through printers and have to change them out as they die…I didn’t want to have to log in to each system […]

Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Cool little utility built into Windows 7 to survey your computers energy efficiency. Run a command prompt as Administrator and run the following: powercfg –energy This will run for a minute and then create a report for your system. The filename and path will be shown when it finishes running. Note that you may need […]