This Old Script

I’m very slowly revising my main web site. The upshot for now is that there is no direct link to my old script library. Many of my Mr. Roboto tools can be found on this page. Until I can finish the upgrade project, you can use this link, to take you directly to the old page.  Enjoy.

Scripting/SysAdmin Meme

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I saw that Kirk Munro called me out on on Steven Muraski’s Scripting/SysAdmin meme . Here’s my contribution to the meme.

How old were you when you started using computers?

I probably didn’t start using computers until late in college (which was a very long time ago in computer time.

What was your first machine?

My first computer experiences were with a DEC PDP-11. The first computer I truly owned myself was a Dell Inspiron P200 laptop.

What was the first real script you wrote?

I think it was a DOS 3.3 batch file to backup some files.

What scripting languages have you used?

Batch, KixTart, VBScript, Perl, PowerShell. Do WordPerfect 5.1 macros count?

What was your first professional sysadmin gig?

I worked briefly as a legal assistant which included managing the few office computers and automating a ton of paperwork.

If you knew then what you know now, would have started in IT?

IT was a later career choice that I don’t regret. I’ve met some pretty cool people, traveled and helped people. I like being behind the scenes making things happen.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new sysadmins, what would it be?

Never stop reading and learning. You must stay on top of the IT world if you want to keep your job and get ahead. When I had to do tech interviews, I always asked what technical magazines, journals or books they liked to read. It was very clear that the candidate who read nothing was the least likely to be deficient in other areas as well.

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had scripting?

That’s a hard one. I’d have to say I get the biggest bang when I can write something that gets the most amount of work done with the least amount of code. That’s why I love PowerShell.

Who am I calling out?

Don Jones

Thomas Lee

Darren Mar-Elia

Mark Minasi

More CLI One-Liners

In the past I’ve posted a collection of command one-liners that get a ton of work done with (relatively) minimal effort. Many of these have come from Wayne Martin. I’ve been behind in my blogging while book writing, but I wanted to make sure you checked out his latest list at:

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My Published Works

I’m trying out a new Live Write plugin for Amazon. Here is a list of books I have currently authored or co-authored. This list will continue to grow as I’m working on a new book now about managing Active Directory with PowerShell.

WSH and VBScript Core: TFM
by Jeffery Hicks

Read more about this book…

Windows PowerShell v1.0: TFM, 2nd Edition
by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

Read more about this book…

Advanced VBScript for Microsoft Windows Administrators (Pro Other)
by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

Read more about this book…

I hope you’ll check them out.

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Wayne’s World of IT

One of my more popular blog entries is the one I did about CMD one-liners. These are little tidbits of commands that can get a lot done. The list came from a reader and I was happy to share. Wayne has now started a blog Wayne’s World of IT which will carry on this theme of command line automation. It’s just getting started but I hope you’ll check it out. Wayne assures me he has a growing list of one-liners to publish.

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