Script to keep Hamachi alive

We use hamachi by logmein at work for various things, but one of the problems with hamachi at times is sometimes the tunneling engine doesn’t start. Now previously I had created a batch file that did this job, but it was pieced together with code I found online. So overall it was complicated.

So I wanted to redo it in powershell as well  make it give some kind of message in case someone else was needing to run this script.

So here it is

while ($true) {

if (-not (Test-Connection '' -Quiet)) {

Write-Host "Test failed: $(Get-Date -Format "MM/dd hh:mm tt")"

Write-Host "Restarting Hamachi..." -ForegroundColor Red

Restart-Service Hamachi2Svc
Start-Sleep -Seconds 60


else {

Write-Host "Connection test passed: $(Get-Date -Format "MM/dd hh:mm tt")"

Start-Sleep -Seconds 600



It does need to be ran as an admin and I’ve got it set up as scheduled task for when the computer reboots.

The line that says

Start-Sleep -Seconds 60

is how long it will wait for hamachi to restart before it tries again. In my case it seems 60 seconds is plenty of time, but you may want to bump the time up a bit if needed.

Run a powershell script in task scheduler without it poping up.

I run some powershell scripts at work to keep things running and do things automatically. Problem when you put them in a task scheduler they pop up on the screen when they run.

So here’s what I found that works to keep them from showing up.

Open up the properties of a scheduled task

in the program/script section put


for arguments  put in

-File "C:\folder_of_script\script.ps1"

for start in put


And that’s all there is to it.

Run scripts in powershell

Powershell scripts by default is set to restricted. So if you try to run a powershell script on a new machine you’ll find that it doesn’t work.

So here are the commands I use most often.

First off the default command is

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Restricted

This is the command I run if this is a powershell script that will be ran all the time on that computer

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

And this is the one I use to just run something one time

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy AllSigned

Batch file to sort files by name

So we have electronic journals that get dumped into a folder. These are things we need to keep. However having them all thrown into the same folder can also be a pain.  Not only does it just cause a bunch of files to be in one folder but I we need to look back at Jan 18th 2017 we’d have to sort through tons and tons of these files looking for the one we wanted.

So I wrote this bat file that basically looks at out file name and puts everything into it’s own separate folder.

So first I’ll post the code then I’ll explain.

@echo off

setlocal enabledelayedexpansion


pushd c:\sortfolder\

for /f "tokens=*" %%1 in ('dir /a-d /b c:\EJ\*.JRN') do (

set filename=%%1&set dirname=!filename:~0,2!\!filename:~2,2!\!filename:~4,2!

if not exist c:\sortedfolder\20!dirname!\ (md c:\sortedfolder\20!dirname!\)

move %%1 c:\sortedfolder\20!dirname!\>nul


Now out file format looks like this 18091700-000101Z.JRN

Now the only part we’re really interested in is

(180917) 00-000101Z.JRN

18 year, 09 month, 17 day.

Now this does all the sorting.

set filename=%%1&set dirname=!filename:~0,2!\!filename:~2,2!\!filename:~4,2!

!filename:~0,2! – Starts at the first character and goes two over so it grabs 18

!filename:~2,2! – Starts after the second character and goes 2 over so 09

!filename:~4,2! – Starts after the 4th character

If you adjust the first and last number you can sort by other setups.

So !filename:~0,4! Would start and go to include 1809

Purge old files and folders from directory

So at work we have a couple of directories that generate logs on a regular basis. These logs really are not that important. So I keep them for 60 days.

Problem of course is that some also create folders.

So I created this powershell script from some pieces of code I found that will go through the folder and clean out all the old files and then clean out the old folders.

I’m sure I could clean this up a bit, but seeing it does what I want now it’s good enough. You just need to change some of the variables

#Days older than

$HowOld = -60

#Path to the root folder

$Path = "C:\directory you want purged\"

#Deletion files task

get-childitem $Path -recurse | where {$_.lastwritetime -lt (get-date).adddays($HowOld) -and -not $_.psiscontainer} |% {remove-item $_.fullname -force -verbose}

#Deletion empty folders task

do {

$dirs = gci $Path -directory -recurse | Where { (gci $_.fullName -Force).count -eq 0 } | select -expandproperty FullName

$dirs | Foreach-Object { Remove-Item $_ }

} while ($dirs.count -gt 0)

Powershell script to backup hyper-v servers

So while I do not have a hyper-v server now I did have one. I cobbled together this script out of some stuff I found online to basically allow me to backup a hyper-v server (meaning not a windows server just straight hyper-v) to a backup server and keep a couple of copies in case a backup went bad.

So here’s the script.

# This script it designed to retrieve all virtual machines from a remote hyper-v server and export them to a location of your choosing.
# You can set this up as a scheduled task based on your needs. So if you need backups daily, weekly, you can set that based on your needs.
# It will then remove any backups older than the amount of backups you configure.

# Enter the name of the server you want to backup
$server = "HYPERV-SERVER"
# Enter the full path for the backup folder
$backuppath = "\\backup server\Hyper-V Backups" # Example: "\\backupserver\fileshare\HyperVBackups"
# How many backups of VMs you want to keep
$backupstokeep = 7

# Get all Hyper-V VMs
$vms = Get-VM -computername $hypervserver
# Grab the current date
$today = Get-Date -Format MM-dd-yy

foreach ($vm in $vms) {
$vmname = $vm.Name
Write-Host "Backing up $vmname..."
# Create the folders for the backup
New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path "$backuppath\$vmname" # We run this in case it is a new VM. Normally it will fail if the VM folder already exists, which is fine
New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path "$backuppath\$vmname\$today"
# Export the VM
Export-VM -VM $vm -Path "$backuppath\$vmname\$today"
# Remove any backups older than the past 7 days
Get-ChildItem "$backuppath\$vmname" | Sort-Object -Property CreationTime -Descending | Select-Object -Skip $backupstokeep | Remove-Item -Recurse

Worked great for my needs. Especially when the only other options I could find cost $$

Delete files older than… in powershell

I have a couple of directories that create files

Here’s a script I use for deleting files older than 30 days in powershell.

$Path = "C:\temp"
$Daysback = "-30"
$CurrentDate = Get-Date
$DatetoDelete = $CurrentDate.AddDays($Daysback)
Get-ChildItem $Path | Where-Object { $_.LastWriteTime -lt $DatetoDelete } | Remove-Item

You need to chance the $Path location and if you want do delete files after another time frame you just have to edit the 30 to however many days you want.