Your next PowerShell scripting challenge has arrived. Some of you may be familiar with the tree command-line tool. If you’ve never seen it, try tree $home at a PowerShell prompt. On non-Windows machines you may need to install an additional package. The point of the command is to graphically display hierarchical content from a command prompt.
Since processes can have child processes there is an implied hierarchy. The Chairman would like you to write a PowerShell equivalent of the tree command but for processes.
- The topmost level should be the computer name.
- At a minimum, you should display a tree version using the process name.
- Use ASCII characters to display the “tree” branches.
Once you’ve met the above requirements see how many of these items you can accomplish.
- Query remote computers.
- Use ANSI or extended characters for the tree.
- Include the ProcessID or other user-specified properties.
- Take into account orphaned processes – those whose parent is no longer running.
- Colorize output on criteria of your choice such as run time, company name, user ID, or Working Set size.
Adding any of these features will truly set your code apart.
- Allow some type of filtering for the associated user name.
- Allow some type of sorting such as by name or start time,
- Export the graphical tree to an HTML file,
- Work cross-platform.
As always, please post links to your work and solutions. Good luck!