PowerShell: A Simple Batch Processing System, Part 1

batchHi.  I’ve written a few scripts that have gotten to be quite large.  In all cases they’ve needed to make a series of changes to a set of objects and log the results.  It’s normally important that some of the later changes only get made if the earlier ones are successful;  for example only changing the default SMTP address on a mailbox if another SMTP address was added earlier.

This series of posts will go into a decent system I’ve found for accomplishing this with some skeleton examples that are (hopefully!) easy to adapt. Continue reading “PowerShell: A Simple Batch Processing System, Part 1”

PowerShell: Converting PDF Bank Statements to PDF

I wrote some very quick and dirty code to import American Express PDF statements to CSV here.  I could export the PDF to TXT and then process the text file with PowerShell.I had to revisit it the other day as I had a raft of PDF statements to convert and import into YNAB (and not just from AMEX).

Of course, all the bank and credit card vendors use a standard PDF format for statements so it was easy.


No, actually pretty much everyone just does their own thing.  And by ‘own thing’ I mean PDFs that are not even consistent within themselves.

So:  the joy of regular expressions. Continue reading “PowerShell: Converting PDF Bank Statements to PDF”

PowerShell: Fixing “Windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service”

My wife got this error the other day on her Windows 10 machine when trying to login.  After a bit of digging, it seems it’s not unheard of but there’s no clear answer about why it happens (It’s a corrupted / missing set of registry entries.  The cause could be a bad shut-down, crash, interrupted update or pre-cursor to Martian attack.  Who knows.)

I found a good site that provides a solution. To fix the issue you need to create a registry sub-key and value (confusingly, both of the same name) and a pair of values under the sub-key you just created. That cures the problem but there’s no more information about to how to prevent it happening again.

In lieu of a proper preventative solution I wrote a script to perform the changes (with a bit of safety code too) so if it re-occurs I’m good to go.

Script and walk-through after the line. Continue reading “PowerShell: Fixing “Windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service””