Important Information for Those Using My Documentation Scripts
July 30, 2014
New updates to all my documentation scripts will soon be released. There are some things you need to know first.
- This is the last update for the XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003 script.
- All other scripts now require PowerShell version 3 or later.
- All other scripts will no longer support Word 2007.
The following script updates will soon see the light of day:
- Active Directory V1.1
- DHCP V1.1
- PVS V4.2
- XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 V4.2
- XenApp 6 V4.2
- XenApp 6.5 V4,2
Those testing the XenDesktop scripts will also receive the V0.25 update for both the XenDesktop 5.x and 7.x scripts.
Email me if you would like to be added to the testers group for any of my scripts.
There has been a ton of work going on behind the scenes. A group of hard-working and dedicated friends have been helping me work on a master template script. This will allow anyone who wants to create a documentation script to use the template framework and create their own documentation script for any product from any vendor. Right now the stuff to create Word, PDF and Formatted Text are in the template. I am not an HTML person and no one has offered to create a generic “WriteHTMLLine” type of function(s) like we have for Word.
There are at least four other people I know of, besides me, who are using the new template script as the basis for their documentation scripts. They have been very instrumental in shaping the template script. I am not ready to release the template script to the public yet as one person is adding an optional GUI for all the command line parameters and there is no HTML output yet.
Iain Brighton has created a set of highly optimized Word Table functions that can speed up the creation, populating and formatting of Word tables by 95% or more. Iain has done an amazing amount of work and has produced some fantastic functions that are saving and will save those of us who are using the template script a LOT of time. Also, those who run the scripts will see a huge time decrease in the amount of time it takes to run the scripts once all the current Word tables are converted to use Iain’s functions. I have eight documentation scripts to change so the changes will happen gradually.
I will also, as I convert tables to Iain’s new functions, start to add formatted text output. This will allow you to run the scripts without having Word installed. The DHCP script is the only script that already creates Word, PDF and Formatted Text output files.
Barry Schiffer started and we collaborated on finally fixing the bug with running the scripts on systems with multiple language operating systems and or multiple language versions of Microsoft Word. That bug fix took a lot of detective work. Kudos to Barry for leading me towards the solution. The fix is already in Barry’s NetScaler V2.0 script.