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Friday Fun: The Measure of a Folder

rulerLast week, I demonstrated how to measure a file with PowerShell. This week let’s go a step further and measure a folder. I’m going to continue to use Measure-Object although this time I will need to use it to measure numeric property values.

Here’s the complete function after which I’ll point out a few key points.

The command will use the current path or you can pipe in a directory name, or the output of a Get-ChildItem expression as I show in the help examples. One thing I added is that I test the path to make sure it is a file system path because anything else wouldn’t really work.

I resolve the path so that I can get the actual name of the current location (.) and then test the provider. The other interesting feature of this function is that I format the results on the fly.

The function has a Unit parameter which has a default value of bytes. But you can also specify one of the PowerShell numeric shortcuts like KB or GB. In the function I use a Switch construct to create a custom property on the fly.

Because there can only be a single value for $Unit, I’m including the Break directive so that PowerShell won’t try to process any other potential matches in the Switch construct. Realistically, there’s a negligible performance gain in this situation but I wanted you to see how this works.


I’ve taken some basic commands you could use interactively such as Get-ChildItem and Measure-Object and built a tool around them using a hashtable of properties to create a custom object. I hope you pick up a tip or two from this. If you have any questions about what I’m doing or why, please don’t hesitate to ask because someone else might have the same question.

Enjoy your weekend!

Get Top Level Folder Usage

This is too long to tweet, even written as a one liner. But this will search a folder for top level subfolders and return the file usage for each.

[cc lang=”PowerShell”]
dir $folder | where {$_.psIscontainer} | foreach {
$stat= dir $_.fullname -recurse | Measure-Object -property length -Sum
New-Object PSObject -property @{Folder=$_.FullName;Files=$stat.count;Size=$stat.Sum;}}

Again, this would be handy to turn into a function or scriptblock. This is far from perfect. For example, it doesn’t like empty folders. But this should be a good starting point for your own script or function.

Friday the 13 Script Blocks

In celebration of Friday the 13th and to help ward off any triskaidekaphobia I thought I’d offer up 13 PowerShell scriptblocks. These are scriptblocks that might solve a legitimate business need like finding how long a server has been running to the more mercurial such as how many hours before I can go home.

A scriptblock is any small piece of PowerShell code enclosed in a set of curly braces. I say small, but there’s really no limit. You can even pass parameters to a script block. In this way they are like functions but without the function key word. Save the script block to a variable and when you want to execute, use the invoke operator, the & character. For example, here’s one of my luck 13 script blocks.
[cc lang=”powershell”]
#1. Get running services
$running={Param ([string]$computername=$env:computername) get-service -computername $computername |
where {$_.status -eq “Running”}}
To invoke it:
[cc lang=”powershell”]
PS C:\> &$running
Because this particular script block takes a computername as a parameter I could also do this:
[cc lang=”powershell”]
PS C:\> &$running Server01
I won’t post the complete script here, but these are the goodies:
#1. Get running services
#2. Get logical disk information
#3. Get day of the year
#4. Get top services by workingset size
#5. Get OS information
#6. Get system uptime
#7. get a random number between 1 and 13
#8. How old are you?
#9. get %TEMP% folder stats
#10. Get event log information
#11. Get local admin password age in days
#12. Get cmdlet summary
#13. How much time before I can go home?

I wrote many of the script blocks so that you could use them in your own functions and scripting and tried to make them re-usable as possible. They have no error handling and assume you have all the necessary permissions. Think of them as quick and dirty PowerShell snippets. The script file is simply defines the 13 script blocks. After each one is a commented example of how you might run it.

Again, I’m not promising anything life-changing but I hope you’ll have fun with them today. Download the script file 13ScriptBlocks.ps1.