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  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Changes to Active Directory

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find changes to Active Directory. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have this problem. It seems our company has undergone a lot of changes recently, and I need to find what changes have impacted Active Directory. Basically,...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell to Check Lockout Threshold for Domains

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about using Windows PowerShell to check the lockout threshold for several domains. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have several domains in our forest, and it seems that some weasel got in and changed the lockout threshold in some of the child domains. I know...
  • Blog Post: Use Windows PowerShell to Configure Domain Password Policy

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about using Windows PowerShell to configure the default domain password policy. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need some help. I need to get the default domain password policy, but I do not want to mess around with the Group Policy MMC. Instead, I would like...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Get Domain Password Policy

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to get the domain password policy. How can I use Windows PowerShell to retrieve the default password policy for my domain? Use the Get-ADDefaultDomainPasswordPolicy cmdlet.
  • Blog Post: Working with Users in Active Directory

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about using Windows PowerShell to work with users in Active Directory Domain Services. Hey, Scripting Guy! We are a rather diversified IT shop, but we have a heavy investment in Microsoft, and particularly in Active Directory. We use it for everything...
  • Blog Post: Create Users in Active Directory Without Using Module

    Summary : Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about creating users in Active Directory Domain Services without using a module. Hey, Scripting Guy! In my company, we do a lot of work with Active Directory, and my team is responsible for this. But not all of the administrators have the Active...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and the Active Directory Schema: Part 2

    Summary : Guest blogger, Andy Schneider, continues his discussion about extending the Active Directory schema. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Andy Schneider , for Part 2 of his series. If you missed yesterday's post, see PowerShell and the Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and the Active Directory Schema: Part 1

    Summary : Guest blogger, Andy Schneider, discusses extending the Active Directory schema. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. We welcome back guest blogger, Andy Schneider . Andy has a two-part blog series that will conclude tomorrow. Andy Schneider is the Identity and Access Management...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Create Users in Active Directory

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to read a CSV file and create users in Active Directory. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Yesterday in Oh No! Oh Wait...PowerShell for the Win! , I created a CSV file from a Word document that I had been...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Synchronize Delegated Admin Passwords

    Summary : Microsoft PFE and Honorary Scripting Guy, Ian Farr, discusses using Windows PowerShell to synchronize delegated administrator passwords. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Guest blogger and Honorary Scripting Guy, Ian Farr, is back with us today for the conclusion of his series...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Delegate Administrator of RODCs

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Ian Farr, discusses using Windows PowerShell to delegate administrator of RODC. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have Honorary Scripting Guy and Microsoft PFE, Ian Farr, back for more words of wisdom... Welcome to the third post in a four part series...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Work with Active Directory Date Fields

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to work with Active Directory date fields. How can I Use Windows PowerShell to work with date fields in Active Directory? Try the following techniques: # Password last set within the last 30 days? $pwdLastSet = Get-ADUser Administrator -Properties pwdLastSet...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Find if User Is Nested Group Member

    Summary : U se Windows PowerShell to find if a user is a nested member of a particular group. How can I use Windows PowerShell to quickly find if a user is a nested member of a particular group, for example, Domain Admins? Use the -RecursiveMatch LDAP filter operator: Get-ADUser -Filter 'memberOf...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Week: Stale Object Cleanup Guidance—Part 2

    Summary : Scripting tips for cleaning up stale Active Directory accounts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we continue our series about Active Directory PowerShell by Ashley McGlone. Before you begin, you might enjoy reading these posts from the series: Get Started with Active...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Get List of FSMO Role Holders

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to get a list of FSMO role holders in Active Directory. I use NETDOM QUERY FSMO to list my domain controllers that hold the FSMO roles, but can I do it with Windows PowerShell? As usual, there is more than one way to do most things in Windows PowerShell, but here...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Get Inactive Active Directory Accounts

    Summary : U se Windows PowerShell to get a report of inactive Active Directory accounts. How can I use Windows PowerShell to get a report of inactive Active Directory accounts? The Search-ADAccount cmdlet has a number of parameters and switches to help identify stale accounts: ...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Get BIOS Information on Remote Servers

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to retrieve BIOS information from remote servers. Hey, Scripting Guy! I really hope you can help me. I need to get a list of basic BIOS information from our servers. All of the servers that I need are listed in a single...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Week: Stale Object Cleanup Guidance—Part 1

    Summary : Learn about how to clean up stale Active Directory accounts. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we continue our series about Active Directory PowerShell by Ashley McGlone. Before you begin, you might enjoy reading his first two posts: Get Started with Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Week: Essential Steps for PowerShell when Upgrading

    Summary : Learn three essential steps for Windows PowerShell when upgrading from Windows Server 2003. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have the final post in the series about Active Directory PowerShell by Ashley McGlone. Before you begin, you might enjoy reading these posts from...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Week: Explore Group Membership with PowerShell

    Summary : Learn about the nuances involved in reporting group memberships with Active Directory PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we continue our series about Active Directory PowerShell by Ashley McGlone. If you missed it, you may enjoy reading Get Started with Active...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Week: Get Started with Active Directory PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft premier field engineer (PFE), Ashley McGlone, discusses the Active Directory PowerShell cmdlets. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we start a series about Active Directory PowerShell, written by Ashley McGlone... Ashley is a Microsoft premier field engineer...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Find PowerShell Help Topics for Active Directory

    Summary : Find the Windows PowerShell help_about topics for Active Directory. Where are the Windows PowerShell help_about topics for Active Directory? If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Active Directory Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed, you also have the...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Search Active Directory for High-Privileged Accounts

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Ian Farr, provides a Windows PowerShell function that searches for Active Directory users with high-privileged memberships. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, we have another guest blog post from Microsoft premier field engineer (PFE), Ian Farr. Take it away...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and Active Directory Recycle Bin

    Summary : Guest blogger, Alan Kaplan, talks about using Windows PowerShell with the Active Directory Recycle Bin. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have a guest blog post written by Alan Kaplan. I met Alan several years ago when the Scripting Wife and Jim Christopher started the...
  • Blog Post: Transforming the Active Directory Cmdlets: Part 5

    Summary : Learn how to translate between ADSI, Quest, and Windows PowerShell cmdlets for creating users. Hey, Scripting Guy! Today I'm translating a script for modifying user properties and I could really use some help. There are so many parameters to work with. Where do I start? —LC...