New, Improved Group Policy Link Report with PowerShell

A peer asked me to update one of my classic Group Policy reporting scripts this week, so I thought I would share the update with y’all. Continuous Improvement Over the years I have released a number of Group Policy scripts. This one shows you all kinds of goodness: GPOs linked to OUs OUs where block-inheritance…

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Function to Create Certificate Template in Active Directory Certificate Services for PowerShell DSC and CMS Encryption

Today I’m cleaning out my code closet. I found this script that I have wanted to share for a while now. Problem Active Directory Certificate Services does not include a template for Document Encryption. This is required for DSC credential encryption and the CMS encryption cmdlets. Current processes require manual effort to create the template….

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Let's meet up in North Carolina Monday evening (8/10)

This is a quick announcement that I'll be in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina this coming Monday night, August 10th. I'll be speaking on one of my favorite topics (Active Directory PowerShell) at the Research Triangle PowerShell User Group. Find out more information here. Hope to see you there!

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Configuring Active Directory with PowerShell DSC and the New xADRecycleBin Resource

Active Directory and PowerShell DSC Today’s post is the second in a series on using PowerShell DSC with Active Directory. We will demonstrate configuring the AD Recycle Bin and domain trusts with PowerShell Desired State Configuration. As a bonus we will throw in a registry key for some special logging on the domain controller. Continuing…

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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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Forensics: Audit Group Policy Links and Changes with PowerShell

Honorary Scripting Guy I would like to thank Ed and Teresa Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy and the Scripting Wife, for bestowing upon me the title of Honorary Scripting Guy. This was a humbling surprise. It has been a joy to share my scripting passion with the community, and I will continue to do so….

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Microsoft Virtual Academy: Using PowerShell for Active Directory

Welcome! Today’s post includes demo scripts and links from the Microsoft Virtual Academy series: Using PowerShell for Active Directory. Go watch the videos here. We had a great time creating this for you, and I hope you will share it with anyone needing to ramp up their AD PowerShell skills. I really enjoyed working with PowerShell…

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PowerShell Module for Active Directory SID History Now Faster

It has been a while since I’ve released any updates to the Active Directory SID History PowerShell Module.  Today’s release leverages improvements in PowerShell v3.0 for faster and better results. “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.” Before Stone Cold Steve Austin there was the real Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man. This…

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DNS Server and Zone Reporting with PowerShell

Who-Is On First? While working on DNS automation for a customer recently I needed some quick scripts to inventory Active Directory-integrated DNS server and zone configurations. All too often the way we think things are configured does not match reality. Are the forwarders consistent and correct? Is scavenging enabled where you thought it was? Do…

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