Free Windows PowerShell course book

The Schweizer IT Professional and TechNet Blog is sharing a free Windows PowerShell course book that they’ve translated to English.  The book seems to be pretty good.

From their blog entry:

 Due to its great popularity, we have decided to translate the Windows PowerShell course book to English. So if your mother tongue is not German, maybe you are interested in the English version instead. The book gives you a short introduction with many exercises about the interactive part of Windows PowerShell as well as some hints how to use other objects like WMI, .NET or COM objects like Excel or Internet Explorer.

The book is available for free and you can share it with all your colleagues or friends if you leave it as it is. The books can be used with or without the demo files available at this blog as well.

Enjoy!  =0)

Accessing specific event logs on a remote server

An old friend and classmate of mine, Zahid Faisal, wanted to know how to access/read event logs on a remote server using Windows PowerShell. I thought it was an interesting challenge, so after some research and playing around I found that you can make use of the WMI objects to do this.

Follow along to try it out:

1. Open PowerShell and type in the following:

PS C:\> $logs = [System.Diagnostics.EventLog]::GetEventLogs(‘servername’)

This will create a new EventLog object that uses the GetEventLogs method, which by the way, accepts a machine name as an argument. This is exactly what we’re looking for.

2. If the command did not return any errors, continue with the following:

PS C:\> $logs[0]

You should get something like this:

Max(K) Retain OverflowAction     Entries Name

10,240      0 OverwriteAsNeeded      838 Application

The [0] after $logs is simply an array of the different types of event logs, which in this case, [0] equals the Application logs.

3. Next, the bread-and-butter – filtering:

PS C:\> $logs[0].entries | where `

>> {($_.Source -eq “Orion”) -AND ($_.TimeWritten -ge $recent)}


By using the where object, we’re able to filter what we’re specifically looking for. In Zahid’s case, he wanted to grab the most recent logs that are only related to “Orion.”

Take note that this will only work if you’re an administrator on the remote server.

Hope this helps. =0)