Posts Tagged: Windows

Messing around with bootable USB sticks can sometimes leave the drive with partitions that Windows cannot seem to work with. Like this example, where we have a 43 MB flash drive: Disk Management shows that we definitively have more space, however the option to grow the partition is grayed out, and we cannot delete the… Read Article →

Continuing on from Part 1, today we will setup and configure Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS. For this we will need to use a mix of GUI and PowerShell, as there is not yet full support to do everything in PowerShell alone. As you might have guessed, we first need to install the role…. Read Article →

As I prepare for the 70-411 exam I figured it could be useful to write some guides that touches on the exam objectives. This will mainly be a benefit to myself, as putting together a guide will make sure that I gain a good understanding on all areas of knowledge required. I will use PowerShell as… Read Article →

I have been working on a Active Directory tool that makes it easier to work with users from another AD Forest. My main goal was to improve upon the horrible search function in dsa.msc by allowing free text search in real time (WinAmp “jump” style is the best example I can think of). I also… Read Article →

I was looking for this script a few days ago, but couldn’t find it. Throwing it up here for my own reference. Basically it will run a number of tests on a DC to make sure that there are no errors or connectivity issues. Just save it as a .bat file and run it with… Read Article →

I figured I should gather up some useful commands that I often use in once place. I expect this list to expand as time goes on. Check logged in users

Check server uptime

Find filenames longer than 256 characters

Get info on AD account such as last logged in and password expiration… Read Article →

Continuing the short series of Active Directory (AD) scripts (Part 1, Part 2) we have one more way to do mass changes in AD, such as password resets or property changes. The below script (save as <filename>.ps1) will perform changes to an entire OU, or even a whole domain. In this example we will set… Read Article →

Yesterday we learned how to get Active Directory (AD) usernames out of a list of full names, something that can come in handy if HR sends a long list of users that need to have their manager changed to Bob. Today we will learn how to perform mass changes using this list of AD usernames… Read Article →

I have been slacking off this month with content, so lets fix that by starting a short Active Directory (AD) scripting series. This will go over a few simple ways to handle changes to large amounts of users in AD. Our main tools will be Excel and Command Prompt or PowerShell. Let’s get started with: Active Directory… Read Article →

I recently wrote about badlock, which is sure to cause problems once revealed on 4/12. In preparation it can be a good idea to get an idea of what machines you have on your network that are actually running SMB right now. While file servers are to be expected, there might be some random devices… Read Article →

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