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Using Monad for logon scripts
Using Monad for logon scripts
In case you were wondering, yes, you can use Monad for your logon scripts.  You can't just assign a .MSH file as a logon script however, since only file types with file associations work as logon scripts.  Monad installation doesn't create a file association ".MSH -> msh.exe -command %1" for security reasons.  The best way...
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Managing non-terminating errors
Managing non-terminating errors
Most errors which occur in your working scripts are likely to be "non-terminating".  This means that Monad just reports the error and the command keeps running.  ("Terminating" errors such as syntax errors will halt the command and, in some cases, the entire script; see http://blogs.msdn.com/monad/archive/2005/11/15/493102.aspx ...
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Getting MSDN help urls for .NET BCL types and Members
Getting MSDN help urls for .NET BCL types and Members
 Often when playing with .Net objects in Monad, I need to use MSDN class library reference to learn how to use a particular type and its members. Now, I have my bookmarks and favorite search engine but I always thought it would be cool if get-member cmdlet could provide me a help link/reference to go to. Thanks to the way ...
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Why did you do that?  $VAR/ {} / Weak Intellisense
Why did you do that? $VAR/ {} / Weak Intellisense
I strongly encourage people to let us know where we could be doing better and to let us know if we are getting into the weeds.  I believe that being open to such bad news is core to the the virtuous cycle of self improvement so such feedback provides opportunities to reflect and make changes when appropriate.  Other ...
Monitor the Event Log
Monitor the Event Log
Administrators often want to monitor the event logs and look for specific error conditions.  The most capable way to do this, of course, is to use a dedicated monitoring application such as Microsoft Operations Manager, or get down-and-dirty with the Win32 API NotifyChangeEventLog.  However, Monad can be used for simple applications...
GetObject()
GetObject()
Monad provides a way to create new com objects with new-object $ie = New-Object -ComObject InternetExplorer.Application$ie.Navigate2(http://blogs.msdn.com/monad)$ie.Visible=1 Great but what about if you want to bind to an existing object?  Where is the equivalent of GetObject()? This is one of those good new/bad news stories.  First ...
Base64 Encode/Decode a string
Base64 Encode/Decode a string
Today I came across http://scripts.readify.net/  . This sight is focused on Monad and MSH and is starting a collection of scripts at: http://scripts.readify.net/Scripts.aspx .  You should visit their site and let them know what type of scripts would be useful to you.  I particularly liked their entry on how to Base64 ...
Check Spelling Script
Check Spelling Script
After reading Marcel's introductory piece on ScriptBlock, I decided to rewrite an old script of mine that checks the spelling of all text files in a directory. Here is what I came out with. #region Parse a line to a list of words $StringFind ={param ($str, $start, $cond)  if ($start -ge 0 -and $start -lt $str....
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Working with Sort-Object Cmdlet
Working with Sort-Object Cmdlet
In this blog I will try to explain different features of sort-object(Sort) cmdlet. For the purpose of this blog, I assume the following objects exist:   MSH C:\temp\monad> $a,$b,$c,$d                           &...