Dick Lewis


Dick Lewis is a senior systems engineer with Lewis Technology in Riverside, California. He is an MCSE and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) specializing in enterprise management of Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 servers and workstations.

Keep Tabs on Replications
The ReplicationTest script gives you better control over large-scale data replications by comparing directory sizes and file counts on replication partners and alerting you of major discrepancies.
Scripting Sequenced Shutdowns 3
This handy script takes the hassle out of multiple-server shutdowns by shutting down groups of servers sequentially and verifying that they've actually shut down and restarted.
New Tricks for Your Scripting Tool Belt
Multiple-usage routines and entry-point labels are two code-reusability techniques that can make your scripts more useful.
Test Your Antivirus Software 4
The EICARtest batch file tries to copy EICAR.com, a simulated infected file, to specified nodes and logs the results.
The EICAR.com File

EICAR.com is a benign DOS executable file that you can use to test the operation of antivirus-scanning software instead of using an actual live virus that could accidentally proliferate or cause system problems. EICAR.com is made available by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR), an internationally recognized antivirus consortium. The file contains a test string of characters, and launching the file at a command prompt results in the message EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!

Top 10 GUI Tools for Scriptwriters 2
Here are 10 affordable tools that will help you develop and run scripts faster and more easily
Getting Your Scripts to Stop
Learn some ways to deal with scripts that don't seem able to end gracefully.
Script Termination Techniques
How do you decide how to end a script?
Folder FAQs for Scripted Data Cleanup
Follow these tips for managing data and cleaning up files.
Practice Safe Scripting
If a script deletes or modifies files, an accidental double-click could spell disaster. Here are some tips for making such scripts safer.
Lean, Mean Storage
An important part of data management is keeping your storage lean and mean—specifically, keeping storage clean of out-of-scope and obsolete files. Here are three scripts that can help.
Script Your Own Desktop Diagnostic Tool 2
You can build a versatile reporting tool to troubleshoot user and PC problems remotely or locally--before you turn a support technician loose.
Modify File Ownership
Don’t let lost file-ownership information ruin your day.
Ownership-Management Tools

In the main article, "Modify File Ownership," I discuss how to use Alexander Frink's Chown.exe tool (http://wwwthep.physik.uni-mainz.de/~frink/nt.html) to transfer file ownership to another user. (Chown is just one of several interesting command-line tools available at Frink's site; be sure to look over his other offerings.)

The FAQs About Break-In Tools
When you need to log on to a machine locally but you don’t have the correct logon information, you can use break-in tools. However, you need to protect your system against the very same tools.
Windows Powershell Master Class

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PowerShell is the definitive command line interface and scripting solution for Windows, Hyper-V, System Center, Microsoft solutions and beyond. In this Master Class, we will start from the ground up, walking you through the basics of PowerShell, how to create basic scripts and building towards creating custom modules to achieve amazing results in your environment, in non-Microsoft environments, and in Azure.


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