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Last week Microsoft released Remote Desktop Connection Manager version 2.7 (aka RDCMan).  It has some really cool features and supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  This tool is essential if you run a lot of virtual machines.  One of the new features allows the ability to connect directly to virtual machines (called virtual machine connect-to-console support).  […]

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Infrastructure Saturday Powershell scripts

You’ve been to Infrastructure Saturday in Brisbane / Queensland / Australia? (www.infrastructuresaturday.com) Awesome, hope you enjoyed it. You haven’t been? Try next time, until then, you can go and grab all the scripts I used during both my sessions here to test in your own environment. Azure Active Directory Identity Management Rich Identity Management session with James Bannan on Azure Active Directory: The web site I used to build the dummy user data is http://www.generatedata.com/ Service Management Automation and Powershell Service Management Automation Session: Scripts: Slides: Disclaimer! Please check all scripts before you execute them. Most only make sense in context but might demo some limited functionality.

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PowerShell Desired State Configuration

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft provided a new way of ensuring that your devices are at a good configuration state. This new method uses PowerShell to ensure that required roles and features are enabled, registry settings are correct, files are in place, and a whole host of other management tasks. Note that this...

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Deploy SMA Server via Powershell DSC resource

Hi, I’m currently sitting on my plane from Minneapolis to Dallas. I love technology, WiFi on a plane, awesome!!! After two weeks of conferences (MVP Summit and MMS) I’m pretty exhausted and looking forward to get back home. I already wrote about how to deploy a SMA (Service Management Automation) runbook worker with the help of Powershell DSC (Desired State Configuration) here , but Microsoft has just the other day released the DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 with now in total more than 100 custom resources. Some of those are for System Center components, for example for SMA. DSC Resource for SMA (xSCSMA) The custom module released by Microsoft to … Continue reading

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Hi All, have you ever tried to install Visual Studio 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2? Well, a client of mine tried and it failed. the error he was getting was to install the user running the installer to the group Performance Log users. as you can imagine, the user running the action is SYSTEM… i have tested it with VS2012 Update 2 and the installer worked fine, and back in the company, we downloaded the new version (Update 3) and it was failing. once i did another test with Update 3 at home, it failed. because this, we had to create a script using psexec to be able to install the VS, but what does this script do? Simple, it create a local user and add it on the local administration group. it execute the vs installer via psexec as the created user once the installer is done, it removes…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-r2-visual-studio-2013/

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Backup Service Management Automation Sample Runbooks

I have just set up a new SMA and Windows Azure Pack (WAPack) environment and if you have ever deployed SMA, you know that it comes with a lot of sample runbooks, 25 for that matter. The runbooks overview in Azure Pack gets pretty crowded by that. Yes, you can search your runbooks, but it’s still not pretty. That’s why I quickly wrote this little script which backs up the sample scripts to the file system and removes the sample runbooks from SMA. This way you can always re-import the runbooks if you like. Test the script before you use it in production! If you’re scared of what the script … Continue reading

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ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit – Beta 02

Summary we started developing it back in 2012 (with 1st version released in April 2013) to check the health of a SCCM 2007 environment and in October 2013 (about 1 year ago), we released the 1st version for 2012 environment. This tools has been created to check for problem/misconfiguration in the environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. And today, we’re proud to announce a new version of our ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit, our beta 02 version. This version contains a series of bug fixes, performance improvements as well as new functionality as we can summarize bellow: Fixed hierarchy connection added debug mode to record log queries fixed some queries issues, where queries where returning more data or not return any data at all fixed bug when collecting Roles Installed fixed bug when collecting service status added information about issues found added possible…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/confimgr-2012-r2-health-check-toolkit-beta-02/

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Powershell DSC on Azure

After my session at TechEd Australia (Sydney) on Powershell Desired State Configuration where I quickly demoed how DSC runs on your Azure IaaS Virtual Machines I now would like to go into a bit more detail. Microsoft enables you as an administrator to execute Powershell against your Azure environment, which basically makes it irrelevant where your workload is, you can manage it through Powershell. I said it before, I will say it again: Powershell is King! Need more general information on DSC? Go read some of my earlier articles on that topic. How does DSC work on Azure? A while ago Microsoft announced the availability of VM Extensions and one … Continue reading

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PowerShell for Security Professionals

I found the neat project that is all PowerShell scripts the a Security Professional can use as part of their toolbox Account-Monitoring-Control Updates Authorized-Devices Updates Baselines Patch to fix Start-SecDailyFunction.ps1 Forensics Updates to Forensics Module Log-Management Updates Network-Baseline Added Reference to Get-SecOpenPorts PoshSec-Configuration Updating Module Versions to 1.0 PoshSec.PowerShell.Commands 3.5 Updates PoshSec.PowerShell.Commands PoshSec Commands for .NET 3.5 Software-Management Updates Utility-Functions...

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PowerShell Scripts for Admins and Auditors

Here a a few PowerShell script that I use to look al logs and user accounts.   To finding the latest logon time •Get-QADComputer -ComputerRole DomainController | foreach { (Get-QADUser -Service $_.Name -SamAccountName username).LastLogon } | Measure-Latest •The following example demonstrates how to find inactive user accounts: •Search-ADAccount -AccountInactive | where {$_.ObjectClass -eq ‘user’} | FT Name,ObjectClass –A •The following...

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