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I have the  command below that retrieves information about services and dump the output into HTML format. However the format of the HTML is cumbersome. I need a clean one, with columns well spaced, etc.... the better way it looks is the preferred way.

Thank you


Get-WmiObject win32_service | select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode | sort startmode | ConvertTo-HTML | Out-File C:\Test.htm


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by:Qlemo
ID: 39742870
That look is a result of the default CSS used, which displays column headers (<th>) in bold and centered. The proper way is to supply a different CSS, but you can also use direct formatting instead by replacing some of the created tags:
Get-WmiObject win32_service |
  select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode |
  sort startmode |
  ConvertTo-HTML |
  % { $_.Replace('<th>', '<td><strong>').Replace('</th>', '</strong></td>') } |
  Out-File C:\Test.htm

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The column width is already correct, as that width is needed to display the largest text contained in the column.
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by:jskfan
ID: 39742878
$a = "<style>"
$a = $a + "BODY{background-color:peachpuff;}"
$a = $a + "TABLE{border-width: 1px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;border-collapse: collapse;}"
$a = $a + "TH{border-width: 1px;padding: 0px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;}"
$a = $a + "TD{border-width: 1px;padding: 0px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;}"
$a = $a + "</style>"

Get-WmiObject win32_service | select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode | sort startmode | ConvertTo-HTML -head $a| Out-File C:\Test.htm

Invoke-Expression C:\Test.htm
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by:jskfan
ID: 39742888
the script above worked fine....the problem there are some services that are set to start automatic, but with Delayed start.....
The script will show them Stopped as status (which is True), but does not show Delayed Start

how can I make it show that?

Thanks
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by:Qlemo
ID: 39742896
"the script above" refers to http:#a39742870 (mine) or http:#39742878 (yours)? Because I would tell your approach "pretty" in any way ;-).
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by:jskfan
ID: 39742900
I want the script to show Delayed Start
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by:jskfan
ID: 39742908
I also need computer name to be displayed on Top
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by:jskfan
ID: 39742926
I can write computer name on the script , but I do not know how to display in HTML

Get-WmiObject win32_service -computername Mycomputer01, etc,,,,,,
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by:Qlemo
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Well, getting the computer name on top isn't difficult:
Get-WmiObject win32_service |
  select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode |
  sort startmode |
  ConvertTo-HTML -Fragment -PreContent "<h1>$env:ComputerName</h1>" |
  % { $_ -Replace '<th>', '<td><strong>' -Replace '</th>', '</strong></td>'  } |
  Out-File C:\Test.htm

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Getting "Automatic (Delayed)" can't be done with WMI or the Get-Service cmdlet, sadly. We have to read the registry.
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by:Qlemo
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This is one approach adding a "Delayed" column:
Get-WmiObject win32_service |
  % {
    Add-Member -PassThru -InputObject $_ NoteProperty Delayed $(
      if ((Get-ItemProperty "HKLM:System\CurrentControlSet\Services\$($_.Name)").DelayedAutoStart -eq 1) { "x" }
    )
  } | 
  select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode, Delayed |
  sort startmode, DisplayName |
  ConvertTo-HTML -Fragment -PreContent "<h1>$env:ComputerName</h1>" |
  % { $_ -Replace '<th>', '<td><strong>' -Replace '</th>', '</strong></td>'  } |
  Out-File C:\Test.htm

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by:jskfan
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That's what I found out ...what about the computer name, if you can stick it in HTML
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by:Qlemo
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It's there, in big letters.
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by:jskfan
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Yes please...at the top of the HTML page
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by:Qlemo
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Again: Look at my code. -PreContent "<h1>$env:ComputerName</h1>" is doing that.
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by:jskfan
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Excellent, if you can put borders around columns and rows (like Excel) will be perfect.

Thanks
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Qlemo earned 500 total points
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I'm not experienced with HTML styling, so I'll take a minimal approach. Feel free to modify the "style sheet":
$style = @"
  <style>
    TABLE {border-collapse: collapse}
    TD {border-width: 1px;padding: 5px;border-style: dotted;border-color: black}
  </style>
"@

Get-WmiObject win32_service |
  % {
    Add-Member -PassThru -InputObject $_ NoteProperty Delayed $(
      if ((Get-ItemProperty "HKLM:System\CurrentControlSet\Services\$($_.Name)").DelayedAutoStart -eq 1) { "x" }
    )
  } | 
  select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode, Delayed |
  sort startmode, DisplayName |
  ConvertTo-HTML  -PreContent "<h1>$env:ComputerName</h1>$style" |
  % { $_ -Replace '<th>', '<td><strong>' -Replace '</th>', '</strong></td>'  } |
  Out-File C:\Test.html

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by:jskfan
ID: 39746758
your script worked great when I run it for the local computer, but when I run it against remote computer, I get errors
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by:jskfan
ID: 39746835
oops I guess I see it now
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by:jskfan
ID: 39746839
Sorry I cannot guess it...
when I run it for the local computer, but when I run it against remote computer, I get errors
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by:jskfan
ID: 39746859
I am running this script, when I add Get-WmiObject win32_service -computername Remotecomputername

I get errors

$style = @"
  <style>
    TABLE {border-collapse: collapse}
    TD {border-width: 1px;padding: 5px;border-style: dotted;border-color: black}
  </style>
"@

Get-WmiObject win32_service |
  % {
    Add-Member -PassThru -InputObject $_ NoteProperty Delayed $(
      if ((Get-ItemProperty "HKLM:System\CurrentControlSet\Services\$($_.Name)").DelayedAutoStart -eq 1) { "x" }
    )
  } |
  select-object DisplayName, State, Startmode, Delayed |
  sort startmode, DisplayName |
  ConvertTo-HTML  -PreContent "<h1>$env:computername</h1>$style" |
  % { $_ -Replace '<th>', '<td><strong>' -Replace '</th>', '</strong></td>'  } |
  Out-File C:\Test.html
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by:Qlemo
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Of course it does not work remote. It is set up to access the local registry, and inserts the local computername as title.
Preparing a script to run against another PC remotely is always a different beast. If you have such requirement, please state it from start next time, as we (Experts) often try to give the most simple solution.
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by:jskfan
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Qlemo

No problem, I will post a new question about that. Thanks for your help
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Excellent!
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