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GPO Migration with PowerShell – Now including WMI filters
TechMentor Redmond 2014 This week I am presenting a session on GPO migration at TechMentor Redmond 2014. This is an expanded version of the session I gave at the PowerShell Summit back in April. I received feedback in April that WMI filters must be supported before this would be considered a viable...
11 Aug 2014
DNS Server and Zone Reporting with PowerShell
Who-Is On First? While working on DNS automation for a customer recently I needed some quick scripts to inventory Active Directory-integrated DNS server and zone configurations . All too often the way we think things are configured does not match reality. Are the forwarders consistent and correct...
1 Aug 2014
DNS Zone Copy and Merge with PowerShell
Have you ever wanted to roll up all of your reverse zones into a "big 10" super zone? Do you need to copy DNS zones between environments and preserve the record aging? Today's post is for you. Author’s note: While flying home on a Friday night this blog post was mostly composed...
31 Jul 2014
The GoateePFE Active Directory PowerShell Link Fest
Summer Time! Hi folks. It’s vacation time, so I’m going to keep it short today. This summer I am taking my family to Seattle on vacation. I’ve been there more times that I can count, but this time the family will get to see all of the sights for themselves rather than looking at...
18 Jun 2014
PowerShell Summit North America 2014
I know this post is a little late, but I wanted to offer some helpful information that I picked up at the PowerShell Summit last month. This post is packed with links to keep you surfing high-value PowerShell content for days. Community This was a true “community” experience. After...
27 May 2014
Three Steps to Migrate Group Policy Between Active Directory Domains or Forests Using PowerShell
Three Steps Ahead Have you ever wished that you had three legs? Imagine how much faster you could run. Today we are going to look at three steps to migrating GPOs between domains or forests with PowerShell. Now that is fast! The Problem Have you ever wanted to copy all of your production Group...
29 Apr 2014
Oh Snap! Active Directory Attribute Recovery With PowerShell
The Problem Have you ever had to repopulate a batch of corrupted attributes for a large set of Active Directory objects ? (Think Exchange or Lync, for example.) The Active Directory Recycle Bin is great for recovering deleted objects, but it will not help with corrupted objects. Authoritative restore...
24 Apr 2014
PowerShell to Find Where Your Active Directory Groups Are Used On File Shares
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy some PowerShell limericks here . Download today’s script from the TechNet Script Gallery . Where are my AD groups used? Today's post gives you a script to crawl your file shares and document the AD users and groups referenced in NTFS permissions. I’m...
17 Mar 2014
Using PowerShell to Find Stale and Duplicate Active Directory Groups
PowerShell… “My mop!” One of the undisputed greatest movies of all time was UHF in 1989. Stanley Spadowski and his mop were an amazing force for good. He gave us all an important life lesson… “Life is like a mop. Sometimes it gets dirty, and you have to clean it out...
14 Mar 2014
PowerShell Saturday 007 Charlotte: From Cmdlets to Scripts to PowerShell Hero
PowerShell Saturday 007 Today I am spending time with passionate PowerShell people in Charlotte. This is a blast! Greetings to: Ed Wilson @ScriptingGuys Theresa Wilson @ScriptingWife Glenn Sizemore @GlnSize Jim Christopher @Beefarino Brian Wilhite @BWilhite1979 And many more…...
8 Feb 2014
Use PowerShell to Find Windows XP Computers Still Alive in Your Active Directory Domain
PS PSA – PowerShell Public Service Announcement Usually I like to offer deep technical content on the blog, but today I’m going to keep it simple. Everyone should be keenly aware that Windows XP support officially ends on April 8, 2014 . Many companies are migrating from Windows XP...
30 Jan 2014
Back To The Future: Working with date data types in Active Directory PowerShell
Crazy Dates Set your watch for January 1, 1601, Marty. Today we’re working with crazy dates in Active Directory PowerShell. If you have ever tried to script out Active Directory reports that included date fields, then you have likely run into this challenge. There are “real” dates...
20 Dec 2013
PowerShell Remoting Exposed: How To Command Your Minions
We have many words to describe those who do the boss's dirty work: minion, henchman, and toadie. My personal favorite is "toadie", as referenced in A Christmas Story . You can tour the house just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Of course I got my picture taken with the leg lamp. "So what does 'toadie...
18 Apr 2011
PowerShell Tip: Active Directory Account Unlock Shortcut for Help Desk
Today I posted over on the Hey Scripting Guy blog with a quick tip to unlock Active Directory user accounts . Check it out: Active Directory Account Unlock Shortcut for Help Desk
5 May 2012
Active Directory PowerShell Notes From The Field
PowerShell Saturday 002 Today I have the privilege of speaking at the second-ever PowerShell Saturday event. As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer I get to meet many customers and help them with their Active Directory and PowerShell needs. I’ve taken some of that experience and wrapped it into...
15 Sep 2012
PowerShell: SID Walker, Texas Ranger (Part 2)
More bad Chuck Norris one liners: You don't get access unless Chuck Norris says you get access. The Chuck Norris array starts and ends on 1, because Chuck Norris is never a zero. Chuck Norris' PowerShell console NEVER shows red text. This is part two in a series on translating SIDs...
16 Sep 2011
PowerShell: SID Walker, Texas Ranger (Part 3): Exporting Domain SIDs and Trusts
This post is part three in a series on documenting and remediating SID history in your AD forest. Go back and read part 1 and part 2 if you haven't had a chance yet. In today's episode we will document the domain SIDs so we know from where this latent access originates. Rosetta Stone Many AD admins...
12 Oct 2011
PowerShell Script To Combine DNS Zones
Have you ever wanted to consolidate or merge duplicate primary DNS zones? This is a common scenario that I find, and usually it is related to reverse zones. This script functionality is similar to the DNSExporter tool, but it is much simpler to use. See the script for syntax and notes. # --------...
2 Sep 2010
Consolidate All AD Empty Sites Into A Single SiteLink Using PowerShell
Do you have a large Active Directory site topology with many empty sites? If so, this post is for you. Empty sites are AD sites without a domain controller. These sites are used to support AD site-aware applications like SCCM and DFS where clients get local site referrals. Recently I encountered...
11 Feb 2011
Big Downloads With PowerShell
Personally I do not trust some of the popular 3rd party tools used for big downloads given the nepharious nature of the content people usually download with them. That leads me to believe that the creators of such tools may not be entirely trustworthy, so I would prefer not to install those tools on...
18 Nov 2010
Ed Wilson is coming to Columbus, Ohio!
Hey folks, The Microsoft Hey Scripting Guy , Ed Wilson , is coming to Columbus, Ohio on July 21st from 6:30PM to 8:00PM to speak at the Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group . Find the full details here: http://powershellgroup.org/content/july-central-ohio-powershell-users-group-location-change ...
13 Jul 2011
AD PowerShell Password Reset Shortcut for Helpdesk
Introduction Back in May I released a post on the Hey Scripting Guy blog showing how to create a shortcut to unlock a user account with a PowerShell desktop shortcut . That post was very popular, and the comments evolved into another shortcut to reset passwords. Due to the popularity and utility of...
26 Nov 2012
DogfoodCon 2012 - Columbus, Ohio
Today I have the privilege of speaking at DogfoodCon 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. My topic is “Active Directory PowerShell Step-By-Step” . This post includes a download of the slide deck and demo scripts for the session. Here are the resource links that I shared today: RSAT Download for...
9 Nov 2012
What's New In PowerShell v3: Demos to Download
Summer of Speaking This summer has been a busy time for me speaking at events. In July I spoke at TechReady on the topic of "Active Directory PowerShell Notes From The Field". I'll be giving that presentation again at the second PowerShell Saturday event in Charlotte, NC on September 15th. Sign up...
21 Aug 2012
Don't miss the first PowerShell Saturday event
On March 10th the Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson , is coming to Columbus, Ohio to kick off the first ever PowerShell Saturday community event. These events have been very popular with SQL and SharePoint user groups all over the US, and we are launching the first one for PowerShell on Saturday, March...
1 Feb 2012
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