Author: Shaun Cassells

Collect SMART hard drive status in ConfigMgr inventory

WIN32_DiskDrive contains this info under the status field.  It does not appear to be enabled by default (might just be the environment I am looking at) � I would suggest ensuring that the following are enabled • Caption • Status • Capabilities (Optional to see if bit 10 is set – SMART enabled) PowerShell example $wmi = gwmi -class win32_diskdrive foreach($drive in $wmi){ $drive.caption + “: ...

Windows 8 Winkey shortcuts

Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options Win + D : launches the desktop Win + E : launches Explorer Win + F : opens the File Search pane Win + H : opens the Share pane Win + I : opens Settings Win + K : opens the Devices pane Win + L : locks your PC Win + M : minimises the current Explore...

Solution: Outlook (2007,2010,2013,365) prompts me for credentials each time I open

Background When your IT administrators update their exchange server or you switch to a new DNS alias or up in the cloud windows adds these new Generic Credentials into the Credentials Vault of your user account.  When more than one exists for a single account Outlook gets confused and prompts you. Solution Close Microsoft Office Windows 7 and before From the Windows Start button, select Control Pa...

Query: Identify ConfigMgr 2007 collections based on Active Directory OU membership

The question came up recently on how to identify which collections are based on Active Directory OU membership. There are tons of guides on how to setup a collection based on OU membership.. but now that you have.. how many have you created? This is quite simple direct SQL query: SELECT [CollectionID]       ,[RuleName]       ,[QueryID]       ,[QueryExpression]       ,[LimitToCollectionID]   FROM [...

How to post to myITforum using Word 2013

This is a place holder post from Work 2013 community preview. Setup Process: Open Word 2013 Select Blog Register Select WordPress as the blog provider Provide the URL: https://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/xmlrpc.php Provide your myITforum.com User ID and Password. Select OK several times. ??? Profit! Want your own author account for myITforum.com?  Let us know.

Music Library Cleaning with PowerShell – Removing Missing Files from iTunes

I wrote a VBS a long time ago that deletes files out of ITunes if the location does not exist.  I need to rewrite this into PowerShell… (new-object –com itunes.application).LibraryPlaylist.Tracks | ?{ $_.Location -eq $null } | %{ $_.Delete() }   The PowerShell above only removes the item out of ITunes if the location is NULL.  I need to put in a step to check to see if the location is v...

Music Library Cleaning with PowerShell – Identifying Old MP3 Files with Low Bitrates

Over the past couple of years I travel quite a lot.  As such, I tend to load up on CDs in digital format. However, some of my older files have some nasty names or bad quality. This has led to me to start grooming my 15,000+ song catalog.  That number does not include another 15,000+ audio book files.  I love to listen to books while running. As I was going through the folders of CD rips, iTunes pu...

Resolved: Microsoft Office Copy and Paste Stopped Keeping Source Formatting if Skype Click to Call is Installed

I noticed recently that my copy and paste in Microsoft Office 2010 stopped keeping the source formatting.  It was only allowing the paste of text only.  If you were to check for paste special it would show only a capital A. I noticed that if you closed all internet browsers except Firefox the issue would resolve. Turns out SKYPE Click to Call Plug in is causing the issue Uninstall SKYPE Click to C...