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Install-Application

With a need to install an exe (in particular Microsoft’s ATP – Advanced Threat Protection installer) silently at startup (only if the required version isn’t already installed); I ended up finding a script written by Dan Scott-Raynsford (https://dscottraynsford.wordpress.com/). It worked OK but wasn’t perfect for my needs due to 2 issues; one being the spaces in the installer exe filename and the other being the use of quotes in the arguments needed to be supplied in the full installation string. The spaces in the filename could easily be resolved by editing the filename but I needed to make the passing in of multiple peculiar arguments more straight-forward anyway, therefore I may as well make the script as robust as possible. The modified script to allow for these requirements plus some extra features and more verbose logging can be found at my GitHub repo, link below… Install-Application script on GitHub
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Manage-Service

I had a software vendor supply us with a method of restarting the services for their application each night via a batch file that just: Performed a TASKKILL on 27 processes across 6 remote machines Called an external SLEEP.EXE file for a dumb wait period of 240s Then finally called another batch file that ran an SC START over the 27 services This would hopefully result in restarted services. It worked … sometimes. When it didn’t work, we were unsure why because there was no logging. This isn’t really the greatest solution; so I set about replacing this with a PowerShell script to manage the services, not just for this particular piece of software but to make it generic so it can be used for any service(s)/computer(s). It allows you to send ‘Start’, ‘Stop’, ‘Restart’, ‘Pause’ or ‘Resume’ actions to a service on the local or remote computer. I included complete logging, error handling and an optional force kill option if the service doesn’t stop nicely after x seconds. See my GitHub repo below for more info…   Manage-Service script on GitHub
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