Chad's Eclectic Tips and Tricks

Tips some days, not everyday, mostly Windows & SharePoint from Chad Schultz - Premier Field Engineer

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  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to view installed programs

    Running Windows Core Series, view installed programs. When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use these commands. These...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to view the network routing table

    Running Windows Core Series, viewing the network routing table. When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use these commands...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to view domain and join/unjoin domain

    Running Windows Core Series, getting on and off the domain. When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use these commands...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to view, enable and disable roles and features

    Running Windows Core Series, roles and features without Server Manager. When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to display & change the computer name

    Running Windows Core Series, what's my name and how do I change it? When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Core: How-to find volume size & free space

    Running Windows Core Series, what happens when you have no GUI? When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use these commands...
  • Blog Post: Buy 0, get 2 free. Printer migration scripts

    There has been a lot of action lately around migrating print servers to Windows 2012/R2. Good news, as many customers are coming from either Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 and 32 bit print spooler services. There are tools to help with migrating printers to Windows 2012; Printbrm.exe and Printer Migration...
  • Blog Post: Second contribution to the Script Repository

    I was cruising around the internet when I came across many users having issues with the visibility of the IE 10 and 11 scrollbar. I have noticed on some monitors and color combinations that the bar is sometimes difficult to see. So I fixed it up with some PowerShell. The script will change the IE scrollbar...
  • Blog Post: First Contribution to the Script Repository

    For anyone that hasn't seen it, the Microsoft Script Repository, http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter, is a great place to find all types of scripts, VBScript, JavaScript, PowerShell, etc. Today I uploaded a script that will work like a drive duplicator for Windows Image files(.wim)....
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V 2012 Compare-VM PowerShell Cmdlet Error

    I wanted to get this information out as when I was researching the error below I could not find any information on it online or in our internal database. Hopefully it helps someone out there and they don't have to have a night sleep to have their, eureka moment. When running Compare-VM command...
  • Blog Post: Tip 52: Mixing the Old and New; Setting a Printer’s Print Processor Using PowerShell, WMI and Setprinter.exe

    This tip has a little bit of everything thrown into the mix. Old Windows Resource Kit files, PowerShell, WMI and printers all in one; for the same low price of free! I just helped one our hardware partners on an issue with printing. Turns out I don’t know as much as I thought about the subject...
  • Blog Post: Tip 39: Set Visual Upgrade Back to Previous Version Part Deux

    This tip is for SharePoint Foundation 2010 , SharePoint Server 2010 and Search Server 2010 Express . So you have your heart set on the WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007 look; I know, how could you not just looooove it? But have just installed a fresh new SharePoint 2010 farm. Or, you have visual upgraded your sites...
  • Blog Post: Tip 38: SharePoint 2010 Enable Visual Upgrade on Sites with PowerShell

    This tip is for SharePoint Foundation 2010 , SharePoint Server 2010 and Search Server 2010 Express . When upgrading to SharePoint 2010 from WSS 3.0, MOSS 2007 or Search Search 2008 there are some choices on whether or not the administrator wants to upgrade sites to the new SharePoint 2010 look and...
  • Blog Post: Fun PowerShell Logging Function

    Here is a fun little PowerShell code example that you can use in your scripts to log information to a file and the console. To call the function use the following format. #Set variables [string]$global:LogFileName = "c:\temp\Import-Upgrade.txt" $global:stream = [System.IO.StreamWriter...
  • Blog Post: Tip 47: One Windows System Stability Index Score to Rule Them All

    This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 Server RTM and up. Since I talked about Wbemtest.exe and Windows System Stability Index in the last posts I thought I would do something useful with the treasure trove of reliability information available through WMI. Usually the System Stability Index is shown...