Powershell: Seeking ideas to practice useful scripts in non-administrator mode (1 Viewer)


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I'm beginning to learn Powershell, within an environment where I do not have administrator rights and do not perform any I.T. admin type of tasks on this machine.

I've learned that Powershell, while I'm sure it can do a variety of things across both categories, is kind of intended more for the I.T. admin type audience.

However, I'm pretty sure I will be able to find other uses for it too.

This post is just an invitation for anyone who has used Powershell for miscellaneous tasks of any kind on the non-administrator side of things, please feel free to mention what they were. I will be looking for ways to practice. Because the large majority of internet information has to do with admin tasks that I won't be needing, remote machines, etc.

One of the first things I do in a new job is create a little tool, using VBA or VBScript, which converts a vertical list of items on the user's clipboard, and changes it to one long horizontal string like 'value', 'value', 'value' or value,value,value - for the purpose of pasting into a SQL In() clause. Because I have found it to be a frequent need.
(Although the more years I spent in Management Studio, the more magic I find it can do - like Alt+Mouse to write on multiple lines at once!!) which makes this probably less needed. But anyway, that's an example of something I intend to see if I can replicate using powershell, just for fun.

Finding non-admin scripts I can write will be useful to learn PS, as well as to use it on my home machine and side-job clients.

Uncle Gizmo

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This post is just an invitation for anyone
Re:- "This post is just an invitation for anyone" --- I noticed that your post has not yet received a reply, hence I'm giving it a bump to increase the chances of encouraging some interaction...


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Sorry I missed this one Isaac. Give this a try, Daniel Pineault has done a few functions with PS and even though they are VBA-centric, they may give you a couple of ideas.

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