PowerShell : Create MSMQ

AT work I use MSMQ I fair bit, and I also use NServiceBus a fair bit of late, which thankfully takes care of creating all the queues needed. But, for those time when you really need to make a bunch of queues, it can be a time consuming exercise, so I decided to see if my new found PowerShell skills could automate this process (remember I am still learning, so this may not be the best/most current way, in fact  know for Windows 8.1/Windows Server there is a later more groovy API. But for now this is what I came up with







function printUsage() 
    Write-Host "Usage is CreateQueue.ps1 -queueName SomeQueuName 
		-isTransactional $true -isJournalEnabled $true 
		-userName mclocal\barbers -isAdminUser $true"

try {

    $fullQueueName = ".\private$\" + $queueName

    If ([System.Messaging.MessageQueue]::Exists($fullQueueName))
        Write-Host($fullQueueName + " queue already exists")
        $newQ = [System.Messaging.MessageQueue]::Create($fullQueueName, 
        if ($isJournalEnabled)
            $newQ.UseJournalQueue = $True

        if ($isAdminUser)
            Write-Host("NOT ADMIN")
catch [Exception] {
   Write-Host $_.Exception.ToString()


This will allow you to create a private queue of your choice of name, where you can also pick the following

  • Whether its a transactional queue
  • If journaling is enabled
  • If its an admin user queue

Hope it helps


Powershell To Clean Visual Studio Bin/Obj folders

One of my old WPF Disciple buddies William Kempf read my last post, and alerted me to yet another useful PowerShell Command to clean all the BIN and OBJ folders of a Visual Studio solution.

Here is Williams version

gci -inc bin,obj -rec | rm -rec -force

In Williams own words

That wipes out all of the “bin” and “obj” directories in the current directory and every subdirectory. Super useful to run in your workspace directory to get to a “clean” state, especially when someone messes up and there’s something that a Clean or Rebuild inside the IDE doesn’t catch.

For those of you reading that may not know, PowerShell supports command aliases, here it is rewritten again not using the aliases

Get-ChildItem -inc bin,obj -rec | Remove-Item -rec -force

NOTE : You should have this stored in a PowerShell file and place that file at the root of your solution (where the .sln file resides), and then run it when you want a proper clean (not the micky mouse one that VisualStudio does, and reports success too).

If you want to know a commandlet alias you can use the following PowerShell commandlet to find the full commandlet name:

Get-Alias gci

Which when run for this example will give something like this:



Powershell : Killing all processes of name

Now I am just starting with PowerShell, so I will likely come up with some ridiculously simple examples.

One of thing I really like about PowerShell is the ability to pipe things from one CmdLet  to another.

Imagine you want to get all instances of the the running process “notepad” and kill them.

This is easily achieved using the following code

GetProcess "notepad" | StopProcess


Like  I say this is ridiculously simple, and hardy worthy of a blog post at all, but I aim to build a set of common tasks posts, and this will just form one of those.

So until next time


Powershell selecting from SQL Server

I am just getting into PowerShell, and today a work colleague of mine stated he has a table in SQL server that he needed to examine. The table contained names of files on the disk drive. He then needed to examine the names of the files in the table, and if the file existed rename it to include todays date. He asked if this could be done in PowerShell, at lunch I decided to try it and came up with this:


Say I have this table

USE [SachaTest]

/****** Object:  Table [dbo].[Files]    Script Date: 10/22/2014 13:59:07 ******/


CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Files](
      [FilePath] [nvarchar](max) NOT NULL


Which was populated like this

INSERT INTO [SachaTest].[dbo].[Files]
INSERT INTO [SachaTest].[dbo].[Files]

Where I have the following directory on disk


I then came up with the following PowerShell file to carry out the work as described in the opening paragraph of this article

    Establish SQL connection, and grab the stuff from the 
   "Files" table
$SqlConnection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection
$SqlConnection.ConnectionString = "Data Source=omnidev;Initial Catalog=SachaTest;
	Integrated Security=True;Timeout=180;MultipleActiveResultSets=true;"
$SqlCmd = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand
$SqlCmd.CommandText = "select * from Files"
$SqlCmd.Connection = $SqlConnection
$SqlAdapter = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataAdapter
$SqlAdapter.SelectCommand = $SqlCmd
$DataSet = New-Object System.Data.DataSet
	Processes each DataRow handed to it, where it will grab the FilePath" column value within the DataRow
	and shall create a new file in the format of currentFilenameDDMMYY
Function ProcessFile (){
    Process {
          # use the column called "FilePath" to grab the file name from within the DataRow
          $fileOnDisk = New-Object -TypeName System.IO.FileInfo($_["FilePath"])
          write-host "full name is : " + $fileOnDisk.FullName
          $datePartForFile = (Get-Date -format d).Replace("/","")
          $justFileName = [System.IO.Path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($fileOnDisk.FullName)
          $newFileName = $fileOnDisk.DirectoryName + '\' + $justFileName + '_' + 
			$datePartForFile + $fileOnDisk.Extension
          write-host "new file name is : " +  $newFileName
          If (Test-Path $newFileName){
               Remove-Item $newFileName
          [System.IO.File]::Copy($fileOnDisk.FullName, $newFileName);
# Skip null objects filter
filter Skip-Null { $_|?{ $_ } }
	Loop through the DataSet.Tables[0] (where this will be the Files table, 
	which only has one column called "FilePath"
	then process each file by calling the "ProcessFile" function
$DataSet.Tables[0] |
Select-Object $_.Rows |
Skip-Null |

Which when run gives the following results


ASP MVC, C#, Web

REST : Simple REST Framework

My wife has just given birth 2 my second son, and I took 2 weeks off to help around the house. Though I did find a little bit of time to try and create a very simple REST framework from scratch using just the base class library of .NET (i.e., no 3rd party libraries), ok I did use JSON.NET for serializing JSON, but other than that it is all my own code.

I found a bit more time this week, and decided to write it up over here:


Now it is no way production quality code, and I would not use it ever, but it was a fun exercise, and I enjoyed the ride, may be interesting read for some of you.

Hope you enjoy

PS : I start a 10 week F# course next week, so you may see some more F# posts from me in the future.