Last week I posted the first part of this series. I thought it would be a good idea to give a little follow-up on how my foray into Powershell as I attempted to download this videos.
Attempt 1: Failed miserably. I did not have enough disk space and thus only downloaded about half of the videos. I tried to remedy this by changing the path to a different volume but that threw out some error messages. The script works best when continuing to use the $env variable in the path for the location to dump the files.
Attempt 2: From a different machine this was working beautifully until I noticed that every once in a while a file would error out and the download would resume with the next video in the list. When I attempted to look up those particular videos, they were all present. So I restarted thinking it was a local environment problem.
Attempt 3: I figured out that attempt 2 was failing because my laptop was going to standby – duh!!! I disabled the standby and finally got the download to work from start to finish without fail.
Now, I can place these videos on my Android and watch/listen from anywhere I have my phone. Since I have an auxiliary port in my car, I can just plug the phone in, let it charge, and listen to the videos while I commute – through the car speakers. It is nice to have such a high-level of training material available for a quick refresher or for that first time through. I recommend people get on board and take advantage of what Microsoft, Paul Randal, and others have given to the community through this training. Since I pay out of pocket for my training – this is the right price for me.
Thanks for the Christmas Gift.