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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Copy Filenames to Clipboard with PowerShell

Have you ever wanted to copy a large amount of data to the Windows clipboard, but haven’t known quite how to do it? How about this scenario: you have a folder full of files, and you want to get a list of the files’ full names / paths. That’s pretty …

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PowerShell 3.0: List of Windows 8 Cmdlets & Modules

Here is a list of modules available in the new Windows Server 8: Name —- ADDeploymentWF AppLocker Appx BestPractices BitsTransfer BranchCache CimCmdlets ClusterAwareUpdating DirectAccessClientComponents Dism DnsClient DnsConfig DnsLookup DnsNrpt FailoverClusters  

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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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Handy Process Management Utilities

Hey guys, I just wanted to share a couple of cool utilities to assist with managing processes. ImageCFG (http://www.robpol86.com/index.php/ImageCFG) ImageCFG is a utility that lets you tweak the CPU affinity of an executable. What does this mean? Well, if you have a multi-core system, or even a hyper-threaded (virtual multi-core) …

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WMI Repository Corruption / SCCM Client Fix

You may have come across the following messages in the execmgr.log file on your SCCM clients: Failed to open to WMI namespace ‘.rootccmPolicyMachine’ (8007045b) Failed to ConnectSettings for ICcmPolicyAgent in CSoftDistPolicyNamespace::ConnectToNamespace Failed to ConnectToNamespace in CSoftDistPolicyNamespace::GetMachinePolicy Failed to connect to machine policy name space. 0x8007045b Failed to connect to user …

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Failing software updates in SCCM / WSUS

I recently was troubleshooting an issue with some failing software update installations being deployed via SCCM / WSUS, and finally found out what was affecting them. All of the failed updates were related to Microsoft Office, so that kind of tells you something right there. It turns out, the root cause …

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