How to Automate Software Package Installations in Server 2016 via PowerShell

Here are some of the ways you can automate software package and modules installations in Server 2016, using some of the new package management cmdlets that come with PowerShell. With the introduction of services like NuGet, Choclatey, PSGet and Package Manager, Windows finally has a great way of delivering software packages and modules directly from the internet or through an […]

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Join Computer to Domain with Desired Computer Name and OU

Step #1: This is the simplest method to add a computer to a domain. In this example you will be prompted for credentials followed by the required reboot. PowerShell   1 2 Add-Computer -DomainName “your.domain.here” Restart-Computer Step #2: If you require an automated script without prompting the user for credentials you can provide the user account with rights to add […]

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How To Build An Active Directory Site Inventory Report With PowerShell

If you’re having to deal with hundreds of subnets and multiple Active Directory sites, this PowerShell script will allow you to quickly build an inventory report listing all of your AD sites and subnets. Building An AD Site Inventory Report To do this, you’ll first need to ensure you’re either on a Windows Server 2008 R2 (or higher) domain controller […]

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How to Get Weather Forecast In PowerShell

We will use an open source web service wttr.in to fetch the weather forecast. Wttr.in can be used not only to check the weather, but also for some other purposes. For example, you can see the current Moon phase. In PowerShell, there is a special alias “curl” for the built-in cmdlet Invoke-RestMethod, which can retrieve the URL contents from the PowerShell console. […]

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PowerShell Admin Tasks: Real-Time IT Dashboard

Creating a real-time IT dashboard is essential for IT professionals for managing their environments and to be proactive. Every sysadmin should be able to monitor their environment and should send reports or dashboards to the top management on a regular basis. Of course, you can build your own dashboards using a monitoring tool, but you don’t always have a PowerShell […]

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How to connect to Microsoft Azure using Powershell

Install the following components on your system to connect to your Microsoft Azure subscription using PowerShell: Microsoft Online Service Sign-in Assistant for IT Professionals RTW Select the appropriate version of your OS Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version) The 32-bit version is discontinued by October 20, 2014. You must be a tenant administrator (i.e. company administrator, global administrator) […]

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Enable IMAP on all Exchange 2013/2016 Servers

IMAP and POP3 are disabled on Exchange Server 2013 and 2016 servers by default. Chances are if you need to enable it, you’ll need to enable it on all your servers at once. Fortunately, PowerShell makes this easy! Run Exchange Management Shell as administrator on an Exchange server and execute the following: PowerShell Script to enable IMAP on all servers […]

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How to reset pswds for AD user acct via PowerShell

Open PowerShell in admin mode and enter the following: Make sure to have a .csv file with a column name of “Username” and “Password”     Import-Module ActiveDirectory  $UserPwds = Import-CSV C:\users\msgeek\desktop\Users.CSV  ForEach($User in $UserPwds)  {        Set-adaccountpassword $User.UserName -reset -newpassword (Convertto-Securestring -asplaintext $($User.Password) -force)  }     

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PowerShell – How to recover deleted emails and items using Windows PowerShell

Occasionally accidents happen and important emails or things like calendar events get deleted. If you are unlucky you won’t be able to recover the deleted items the easy way over Microsoft Exchange server and will have to use PowerShell. Below are the steps to take to do this: Make Sure you are a member of the Discover Management Role Group Before […]

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