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Two Windows PowerShell tips for the administration ninja

Bill Detwiler demonstrates two Windows PowerShell tips--retrieving a list of installed USB devices and killing processes without opening Task Manager.

PowerShell combines the speed of the command line and flexibility of a scripting language into a remarkably powerful Windows administration tool. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how Windows PowerShell lets you retrieve a list of a system's installed USB devices and kill processes without open Task Manager.

PowerShell pop quiz

Last year, I published the following quiz to test everyone PowerShell knowledge. I've republished the questions below. (If you have already taken the quiz, the questions will appear answered.) Once you've answered the questions, you can find the answers to our PowerShell quiz in this TR Dojo discussion post.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Rick Vanover's article, "10 cool things you can do with Windows PowerShell," on which this episode is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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