2012 Scripting Games Beginner Event 1: Use Windows PowerShell to Identify a Working Set of Processes

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Summary: Beginner Event 1 of the 2012 Scripting Games uses Windows PowerShell to identify a working set of processes.

About this event

Division

Beginner

Date of Event

4/2/2012 12:01 AM

Due Date

4/9/2012 12:01 AM

Event scenario

You are the network administrator for a small, single-location company. Your desktops are all running Windows 7, and your servers are all running Windows Server 2008 R2. Your company has a single domain, and Windows PowerShell remoting is enabled on all computers—both servers and desktops. Your boss is concerned because a number of users have complained that their computers are slow. This is surprising and alarming because each user received a new desktop when they were migrated to Windows 7. To better get a handle on what is going on with the desktop computers, your boss has directed you to ascertain the top ten processes that are consuming memory resources on each computer.

You decide, after doing a bit of research, that the working set of each process would be the best property to track. You also decide to use Windows PowerShell to gather the information. An acceptable output is shown in the following image.

Image of command output

Design points

  • There is no need to write a script for this event.
  • The command you use should be CAPABLE of running remotely against other computers in the domain, but you are not required to have multiple computers available for this scenario.
  • Because this command can be a one-liner, aliases are acceptable in your submission.
  • Your command should return an object that could be piped to additional commands.
  • You should be able to write the results of your command to a file if required (but writing to a file is not a requirement for this scenario).

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