Here’s a helpful tip for controlling Internet Explorer w/ Windows PowerShell.
First Create an instance of IE:
$ie = new-object -com InternetExplorer.application
Then, tell Internet Explorer to become visible:
$ie.visible = $true
Next, tell Internet Explorer where to go:
Of course there are lots of other things you can do with Internet Explorer using PowerShell. If I can find time, I’ll put them in a new One Hour Expert edition, but for now this should get you started.
Did you know that you could control Windows Update from the command line? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. I’d estimate that 98% of certified Microsoft professionals have no idea about this.
“Why is this important”, you ask? because if you can do it at the command line you can script it, and if you can script it you can deploy it.
Here’s the deal:
The command for controlling Windows update is, “WUAUCLT.exe”. Used by it self it doesn’t do much, but when you combine it with the command line switches listed below, it becomes a very powerful utility indeed.… Continue reading
Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?
Barence writes “Should you be running firewalls on your desktop and server machines? PC Pro’s Jon Honeyball argues the case for switching off Windows firewalls and handing over responsibility for security to server-based solutions. “I’d rather have security baked right into my network design than scattered willy-nilly around my desktops and servers,” Honeyball argues. “It seems to me that there’s much sense in concentrating your security into a small number of trusty gatekeepers rather than relying on a fog of barely managed faux security devices. Of course, it puts your eggs into fewer baskets,… Continue reading