The need for parsing web data or consuming Internet data is increasing with the move of many applications to the cloud. Driven by the thirst for data analysis and automation, parsing web data with PowerShell is relatively simple and incredibly useful. I will explain how to achieve this with pre-formatted data, in this case JSON and unformatted data, like a web page.
I recently worked with a client that must have forgotten to give a sacrifice to the computer gods before coming to work. This oversight set in motion a series of unfortunate events that led to a failure of access for a database due to a stuck process. I discovered that the combination of issues which included; service loss, virtual machine console loss and remote desktop loss, made attempts to access the server and it’s application occupants futile. To make matters worse there were critical deadlines for the users of the database and users for other files on the server. The file access was not effected, so a restart of the server was out of the question. Continue reading “Process stuck? Terminate remotely!”