Back To The Future: Working with date data types in Active Directory PowerShell

Crazy Dates Set your watch for January 1, 1601, Marty.  Today we’re working with crazy dates in Active Directory PowerShell. If you have ever tried to script out Active Directory reports that included date fields, then you have likely run into this challenge.  There are “real” dates, and then “those” dates.  You know… the ones…

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DogFoodCon 2013: From Cmdlets to Scripts to PowerShell Hero: An essential session on the scripting process

Session Description Tired of copying and pasting scripts from the internet?  Want to write your own scripts?  Become the go-to scripter on your team.  This session will break down the scripting process into logical steps you can follow.  Learn how to wrap cmdlets into scripts into functions into modules that you can reuse and share…

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PowerShell Saturday 005 Atlanta: It’s Time To Part With Blankie: Moving from command line tools to PowerShell for Active Directory

Atlanta-bound I am drafting this post from the airplane as I make my way to Atlanta, Georgia USA for PowerShell Saturday 005.  I am looking forward to spending the weekend with folks who share my passion for PowerShell.  I’ll get to reconnect with some Microsoft PFE buddies, and I’ll finally get to meet Hal and…

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PowerShell Active Directory Schema Report

Last year I published a script on the Hey Scripting Guy blog to review the AD schema.  This comes in handy when you want a report on the history of schema changes in your forest and the related OIDs.  The script lives on the TechNet Script Gallery, and I keep it updated with new product…

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PowerShell Get-WinEvent XML Madness: Getting details from event logs

Announcements Before we jump into today’s script here are some current events: This blog post celebrates three years of PowerShell blogging on TechNet as GoateePFE.  It has been a great ride, and I am far from done.  See the most popular posts here.  Thank you for making this blog successful. The PowerShell Deep Dives book…

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Active Directory PowerShell SIDHistory Module Update 1.5

To see all of the articles in this series visit https://aka.ms/SIDHistory. I would like to thank everyone who has been using the Active Directory SIDHistory PowerShell module and sending me feedback.  Your input helps guide future releases like the one I am publishing today. I’ve been sitting on some updates for a while, because I…

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Microsoft PFE Ashley McGlone Speaking for MSPSUG Virtual User Group on Tuesday, July 9th at 8:30pm CDT

Update:  Watch the one hour meeting recording on the page below.  This is a video tutorial on the Active Directory PowerShell SID history module. If you follow #PowerShell on Twitter you’ve seen Mike F. Robbins. He is a superstar in the PowerShell community and a former Scripting Games finalist. Mike started a virtual PowerShell user group…

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How To Use The 2012 Active Directory PowerShell Cmdlets From Windows 7

Antique Tools? The Windows Server 2012 Active Directory PowerShell module has some handy new cmdlets.  However, many IT shops struggle to stay current on the latest operating system releases due to a variety of issues (budget, resources, compatibility, etc.). They desperately want to use the latest features, but their deployment standards have not caught up…

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Dude, where’s my GPO? Using PowerShell to find all of your Group Policy links.

Stratego I only played Stratego once as a kid when I was over at a friend’s house. Strategy, challenge and mystery made the game captivating. A few years ago I bought a vintage 1961 edition on eBay so I could teach my sons to play. As it turns out this game has been around for…

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Touch-Free PowerShell DCPROMO in Windows Server 2012

DCPROMO Keeping You Up At Night? Do you schedule DCPROMO activities for the weekend?  After hours?  Middle of the night?  I remember those days.  Often it was hard to get in the right frame of mind to think through all of the exact procedural steps during those late night change controls.  It was always good…

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