PowerShell – Yet another Sysinternals download script

Today I completed the Microsoft Virtual Academy Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start course. If you haven’t looked at it yet, I realy recommend you do so, lots of good stuff there. So for the purpose of applying some of the stuff I’ve learned there regarding the use of -Whatif and -verbose messages i wrote the below script which downloads the sysinternals tools.  

ToolTip: ImpelLaunch

If you are using Windows Intune, this little FREE utility from Impeltec might be of interest to you. ImpelLaunch was created to overcome the following Application deployment challenges when deploying Software with Windows Intune. . For Windows clients you can only Windows Intune – Adding Software Packages with a. EXE, MSI or .APPX file extension. Distribute Applications which source files are already stored on a local network share Allow the Windows Intune Agent that runs Read More …

TechEd North America 2012 Sessions available now

Last week TechEd 2012 North America took place in Orlando so now there’s a wealth of webcasts available on the TechEd 2012 website where you can register yourself to get access to all content (even if you didn’t attend the event) or if you like to download the sessions and watch them offline I recommend reading TechEd 2012 Orlando Download Sessions – Offline Viewing posted by Stefan Roth who blogs at SCOMfaq.ch. For a complete Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Download Manager

If you’re looking for a simple to use Download Manager, have a look at the Microsoft Download Manager. It does not have that many specialized features as many other download managers out there, but it’s a nice FREE and simple to use tool. You must install the software, but it only uses about 1.3 MB. The Microsoft Download Manager can be downloaded from here

ToolTip – HTTPCopy

HTTPCopy is a FREE standalone executable that allows you to directly copy a web file or web page locally. Rather than going to a website and download content manually, you can automate this using the HTTPCopy utility. Below you see an example I am personally using to download the Maxmind GeoLiteCity database I use for one of my blog plugins. HTTPCOPY.EXE http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCity.dat.gz GeoLiteCity.dat.gz You can download HTTPCopy from here

ToolTip: Bits Monitor

Bits Monitor is a small FREE utility that displays BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) activity. Bits Monitor can be downloaded from here

BITSAdmin is deprecated in Windows 7 and 2008 R2

Just recently when I created a script using BITSAdmin, I noticed the following text when running the BITSAdmin executable: BITSADMIN is deprecated and is not guaranteed to be available in future versions of Windows. Administrative tools for the BITS service are now provided by BITS PowerShell cmdlets. So BITS with PowerShell landed on my to-look-at list, but just today I came across Ashley McGlone’s Blog – Big Downloads With Powershell which contains a sample script Read More …

Automated Microsoft Security Essentials Installation

For all those that frequently setup test machines and get tired of manually installing the Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, here’s a straight forward batch file (even a regular user could use) that does the following: Downloads the Microsoft Security Essential 2.0 (x86) installation source file Installs Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Downloads and updates the virus definition signature file   [sourcecode language=”plain”] @ECHO OFF Echo Downloading Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 (x86) start /wait bitsadmin /TRANSFER MSE20 Read More …

SQL Server 2008 Express Installation Sources

I got a bit confused by all the different SQL Server 2008 Express downloads that exist, so spend a little time in getting some insight. If you want to download SQL Server 2008 Express you have the following options: Package Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express Edition Service Pack 1 Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Tools Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Advanced Services Download   Then I recommend reading the following Read More …

Tip: Download more than 2 files at once (Internet Explorer)

I had thought that by now this is something everybody knows, but unfortunately that is not the case, so that is why I post this one today. By default, Windows Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions limit the number of files that you can download at one time to two. Windows Internet Explorer 8 limits the number of files that you can download at one time to six. More details here