Tag: PowerShell

Piping PowerShell Output to the Clipboard

It's definitely beneficial to attend technology events so you can talk to other IT Pro's. This past weekend I presented a session at PowerShell Saturday in Atlanta and while at the speaker dinner I made a comment about a new version of the PowerShell Community Extensions being released. The only cmdlet that's part of that module that I use all of the time is Out-Clipboard which allows you to paste the output of a PowerShell command into notepad, Word, an email, etc: Brian Wilhite, another PowerShell Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Create Active Directory User Accounts from Data Contained in the Adventure Works 2012 Database

This past Saturday, I presented a session at PowerShell Saturday 003 in Atlanta. Towards the end of the presentation, I created 290 Active Directory user accounts by using the information for employees contained in the Adventure Works 2012 database. This is actually a PowerShell script that I whipped up Friday night at the hotel after the speaker dinner. I populated some demographic information by joining multiple tables together from that particular database. There is more demographic information Read more [...]

PowerShell Voodoo for Beginners

I'll be speaking this Saturday, October 27th at PowerShell Saturday 003 in Atlanta. My session is officially titled "PowerShell Fundamentals for Beginners". A guest blog that I wrote about PowerShell, my session, and the event was published yesterday on the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog at Microsoft TechNet so take a look at it and the brief description of my session on the PowerShell Saturday 003 website for more details. It's getting close to Halloween so I picked up some special treats in the New Read more [...]

PowerShell 3.0 Get-Help -Online Parameter Generates an Error When Default Browser is Google Chrome

I'm a big fan of the online version of PowerShell help. I also use Google Chrome as my default web browser. Since I've moved to Windows 8 and PowerShell 3.0, using the Get-Help PowerShell cmdlet with the Online parameter generates an error. There's actually two different errors that I've seen a lot of, the first one is because the online help doesn't appear to exist and this error occurs regardless of what web browser you're using: Get-Help : The online version of this Help topic cannot be Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Create a New Active Directory Forest on Windows 2012 Server Core Installation (no-GUI)

You have a fresh installation of Windows Server 2012 that was installed using the default installation type of server core installation (no-GUI). This server will be the first domain controller in a brand new Active Directory forest. Log into the server and launch PowerShell by typing "powershell.exe". You'll need to first add the AD-Domain-Services role to the server: The installation of this role completes and a restart is not required: Now to make Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Obtain a List of Processes Where the Executable has been Modified in the Past 90 Days

Use PowerShell to obtain a list of currently running processes where the executable file has been modified in the past 90 days. The number of days is a parameterized value so it can be specified when running the script without having to manually modify the script each time you want to change the value. The script uses a foreach loop to iterate through each individual process that is returned by the Get-Process cmdlet. The process's path property must contain a value or it will not be listed. Each Read more [...]

PowerShell v3 Where-Object Syntax Produces Different Results Than v2 Syntax

I posted a blog yesterday about a PowerShell issue I was experiencing and the problem ended up being due to the new PowerShell version 3 Where-Object Syntax producing different results than the PowerShell version 2 Where-Object syntax. Piping Get-Volume to Where-Object and filtering on the drive letter using the version 3 syntax appears to be case sensitive. It doesn't return results when using a lower case 'c': Using the PowerShell version 2 syntax with Read more [...]

PowerShell: Filtering Left Could Produce Different Results Than Filtering with Where-Object

While doing some testing on my Windows 8 machine today, I discovered an issue where Filtering Left could produce different results than filtering with the Where-Object cmdlet. Nothing special here. Just using the Get-Volume cmldet and filtering left with its DriveLetter parameter. Using either an upper or lowercase 'C' returns the same results: Using the Where-Object cmdlet to do the filtering, while not a best practice when the filtering can be accomplished Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Copy the Group Membership of one Active Directory User to Another Active Directory User Account

You have an Active Directory user account and you want to make a second user a member of the same groups without removing the second user from any groups they may already be a member of. I prefer using the Quest PowerShell Cmdlets for Active Directory for doing my AD administration work. They have been downloaded and installed on the system this is being run from. The Quest snap-in has been added to make the cmdlets available. User 'afuller' is a member of several groups in this active directory Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Change the Snapshot Reserve on EqualLogic SAN Volumes

You have a customer who has an EqualLogic PS Series Storage Area Network (SAN) where the Snapshot Reserve for many of their SAN volumes is currently set to more than 100% of the actual volume size. The SAN also has several volumes where the snapshot reserve is set to exactly 100%, other volumes where the snapshot reserve is set to less than 100%, and others that don't have or need snapshots configured at all. This customer has recently implemented a new backup solution that uses point in time Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Determine When Your DHCP Lease Expires

This blog post applies to only Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Want to know how much time there is until your current DHCP leases expire? I have 23 hours, 47 minutes, and 46 seconds until my current DHCP lease expires on one of my network interfaces and 22 seconds more than that left on the other one. Want to know the exact date and time of when they expire? I haven't added any error handling to these scripts so if Read more [...]

Targeting Down Level Clients with the Get-CimInstance PowerShell Cmdlet

This past weekend, I attended PowerShell Saturday 002 in Charlotte, NC. One of the sessions I attended was "Discovering the Power of WMI & PowerShell in the Enterprise" by Brian Wilhite. One of the cool things that Brian covered in his session was how to use the new PowerShell version 3 Get-CimInstance cmdlet to target down level clients that don't have PowerShell installed or don't have PowerShell remoting enabled. There's no parameter to change the protocol on the actual Get-CimInstance Read more [...]

Use PowerShell to Display IIS Application Pool Identity Account Passwords in Clear Text

It's fairly common to see the identity for an IIS application pool changed to a domain user account. The following image shows three application pools, the DefaultAppPool has the default settings, the www app pool has a Managed Service Account specified, and the wwwDev app pool has a standard domain user account specified: When a standard user account is specified, the password is entered as shown below: I've used what you would think is a super secure password, generated by KeePass: When Read more [...]

PowerShell Saturday 002 | Charlotte NC | September 15, 2012

If you haven't heard, there's a PowerShell Saturday technology event this weekend in Charlotte, NC (Saturday, September 15, 2012). It's going to be awesome based on the list of sessions and speakers they have lined up which rivals conferences that cost hundreds or possibly even thousands of dollars to attend. It's also similar to the SQL and SharePoint Saturday technology events that I've attended for the past few years so I can speak from experience, they're definitely worth the time and effort Read more [...]

A Quarter of a Million Hits & MrPowerShell.com Announcement

This month makes 3 years that this blog site (mikefrobbins.com) has been live. I'll reach a quarter of a million hits on this blog site before the end of the day today! You'll notice that PowerShell has become more and more the focus of what I'm blogging about. See how much larger the word "PowerShell" is than everything else in the category cloud on the right side of this site. Why? Because it's the future of system administration. If you're only interested in the PowerShell category of this Read more [...]