How To Remove SID History With PowerShell

Update:  To see all articles in this series click here.   In the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.  No matter where you are in the world let us all give thanks for PowerShell.  If Windows were the pumpkin pie, then PowerShell would be the whipped cream on top.  If Active Directory were the turkey,…

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Free Download: CMD to PowerShell Guide for AD

New Years Resolution Hi folks. It’s your friendly, neighborhood PFE again. In order to avoid the long lines to buy a treadmill the first week of January I thought I would save you some time and give you an easier New Years Resolution… Learn PowerShell. It’s time to part with “blankie”. For years many of…

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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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Forensics: Automating Active Directory Account Lockout Search with PowerShell (an example of deep XML filtering of event logs across multiple servers in parallel)

Overview Today we learn how to efficiently filter event log queries, going beyond simple event ID filtering into the specific values of the XML message data. Then we will run this filter against multiple servers in parallel for faster data collection. This posts meets the following objectives: Add some efficiencies to my previous popular post…

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Everything you need to get started with Active Directory

As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer I frequently get asked for more information on Active Directory topics.  Most of the time I end up passing along one or more of the links in today's post.  I finally decided to put these all in one place for quick reference.  This list will be extremely valuable for…

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DNS Zone Copy and Merge with PowerShell

Have you ever wanted to roll up all of your reverse zones into a “big 10” super zone? Do you need to copy DNS zones between environments and preserve the record aging? Today’s post is for you. Author’s note: While flying home on a Friday night this blog post was mostly composed on my Windows…

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UPDATED: Copy and Merge Group Policies (GPOs) with PowerShell

  GPO Consolidation Redux Do you have Group Policies gone wild? Did you realize too late that it might not be such a good idea to delegate GPO creation to half the IT department? Have you wanted to combine multiple policies into one for simplicity? This blog post is for you. One of my most…

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Deploy Active Directory with PowerShell DSC (a.k.a. “DSC-PROMO”)

Active Directory and PowerShell DSC Today’s post is the first in a series on using PowerShell DSC with Active Directory. I don’t know how many blog posts there will be. I haven’t written them yet. What I can tell you, is that I have a load of fun scripts to share. Today we will start…

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PowerShell Module for Working With AD SID History

This weekend I’ll be celebrating Christmas in the US.  Today Santa brought me a 1500VA 865W UPS for my home lab server.  Now I don’t have to worry about those winter power hiccups rebooting all of my HyperV guests.  Best of all the scripting elves will be able to write presents without interruption. So in…

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