Regular Expression PowerShell RegEx
Regular Expression is a great concept that can be used by a lot of language. It allows you to recognize string patterns. This is the kind of feature that webmaster use to be sure that you enter your phone number or email address in the expected format.
PowerShell can also use RegEx, thanks to the -match and -Replace operators.
Regular Expression PowerShell RegEx – Example
'OnlyLetters' -replace '[A-Z]','1'
This is a pretty simple example of letters replacement by number 1. We can do a lot more complex tasks like
Extract the CN from an Active Directory DistinguishedName
$(whoami /fqdn) -replace '^CN=([^,]+).+$','$1'
The more complex match you want to achieve, the more complicated/unreadable the regex will be. I use a very nice tool to help to test, validate and read the regex I use/wrote:
This tool explain each step of the regex on his top right corner. This can be a great help if you found a regular expression on a website that you want to adapt to your own needs without rewriting all of it on your own.