Import-DscResource Warning Message in WMF 5.0 April 2015 Preview

The latest version of the Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF) Core 5.0 package has some improvements to the PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) experience. One of those improvements is a warning message that will appear, if you do not use the Import-DscResource dynamic keyword to import the PSDesiredStateConfiguration module. …

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Clean up unused Azure VHD Disks

Introduction The Microsoft Azure platform maintains a list of VHD blobs that have been registered as “disks” in your Azure subscription. You can view a list of registered “disks” by opening the Azure Portal, going to the Virtual Machines node, and selecting the Disks link. Each Azure disk has a …

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Use PowerShell DSC to Install DSC Resources

IMPORTANT: This post was authored in August 2014, and is out of date. At this point, you should be installing PowerShell DSC resources from the PowerShell Gallery, using the PowerShellGet\Install-Module command. Introduction A lot of the functionality provided by Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) comes, not from the core …

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PowerShell: Get the Windows Azure Certificate

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If you’re automating Windows Azure using Windows PowerShell, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that you need a management certificate to connect to the Windows Azure subscription that you’re attempting to view or modify. Management certificates are associated to a Windows Azure subscription inside the Management Portal, …

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Dell Updates Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK)

Dell has just recently updated the Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK). CCTK is a well-documented command-line tool that allows IT administrators to manage hardware-level settings via script / batch. It uses a Hardware API (HAPI) driver, which can be dynamically installed at runtime, to make changes to the system’s BIOS / …

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Exporting ConfigMgr Task Sequences

This article will briefly discuss how to export a ConfigMgr OSD task sequence. The SMS_TaskSequencePackage class has a lazy property named Sequence which contains the XML for the task sequence. Because this is a lazy property, we must obtain a reference to each WMI instance using its direct path, before …

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AutoIT: Enumerating all Windows

Here is a short script I wrote using AutoIT, which enumerates all of the windows, to the StdOut stream: ConsoleWrite(“Enumerating windows”) $AllWindows = WinList() ConsoleWrite(“Found ” & UBound($AllWindows) & ” windows”) for $i = 0 to UBound($AllWindows) – 1 ConsoleWrite(@lf & “Name: ” & $AllWindows[$i][0]) ConsoleWrite(@lf & “HWND: ” & …

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PowerShell: AD Workstation Cleanup Script version 2.0

Update (2010-08-25): I have posted a newer version of this script. A little while ago, I posted a PowerShell script that detects old machine accounts in Active Directory, and disables or deletes them, based on certain ages (in days). I’ve continued work on this script, such that it now logs …

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