Category: PowerShell

Today’s blog focuses on reading the hosts file with PowerShell. Though there are many reasons that someone may modify the hosts file of a machine, it can easily get out of hand with entries scattered about your network. Whatever the story, most of us have had reason to read or modify info in the hosts file at […]

This post is dedicated to the forgetful. I have learned to cope with my forgetfulness by creating PowerShell ISE snippets. I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to forget things. All the time. So much, in fact, that it may even seem intentional. Does this sound familiar? Have you ever… Opened up old […]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had problems removing Windows 10 Apps. Raise your other hand if you’re fancy enough to know these by their name, Universal Windows Platform apps. If you’ve got both hands up, clap them together. You’re fancy! Generally speaking, removing Windows 10 Apps with PowerShell can be tricky. Once you get the hang of […]

After today, you are going to know that determining disk type with Get-PhysicalDisk is super easy. If you recently watched our PDQ & A webcast, you may have seen that we were unable to answer a question about how to determine if a disk is a solid state drive (SSD) or not. Fast forward to now […]

Disabling Web Bluetooth API in Google Chrome seems to be on the mind of many administrators in recent days. Google Chrome 56 recently came out (update notes here), it included the fancy new Web Bluetooth API. This allows developers to easily create web applications that can communicate with Bluetooth devices. While there are many fun and creative […]

Hipster cred! I have it, you want it. No way to build it up faster than to be into something before it becomes popular. You may have been wondering how you might be able to pull a random list of fifteen infrequently listened to bands and document the fact that you knew of them before […]

A common request we have is how to remove AppX packages, or in other words, remove Windows 10 default applications. First, you’ll see how to write and deploy a script to remove the applications, then we’ll look at an option for removing the application for all users on a workstation. Building the Script to Remove […]

Utilizing the CLI interface (available in both PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory) we showed you initiating deployments and scans using PowerShell in this webcast. Why use the CLI? There are a few scenarios this can be handy, such as if you are on a remote computer and cannot access the console. Perhaps you want to […]

Oh, Yahoo! when will you learn you can’t buy friends? Firefox set the default search engine to Yahoo! back in 2014. Since then sys admins have been battling the forced setting. Looking to silently change Firefox default search engine in your network? Can do. Changing search engines on an individual basis is simple. To make […]