Episode 4 – Get Data and Format the Output


A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.


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Cmdlets of the week

  • Get-content (GC, type, cat)
  • Format-List (FL)
  • Format-Table(FT)


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  • $time = [datetime]::now
  • $time | gm   there is a method called addDays
  • $time.addDays(-90)
  • [datetime]::now.addDays(-90)  - we are calling the static member "Now" from the type literal [datetime]  to see this use [datetime] | gm -static  you will see things like "now" and "today"
  • or you could use (get-date).adddays(-90)

Powershell challenge

  • Use PowerShell to find all of the files or folders in the current directory where System does not have Full Control


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