Powershell V2 CTP3 released

Been using this internally for the last couple of weeks and have been digging the changes.  Just wanted to put this out here to spread the word.   http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2008/12/23/early-christmas-present-from-powershell-team-community-technology-preview-3-ctp3-of-windows-powershell-v2.aspx   Happy Holidays.   Technorati Tags: powershell


Check that driver file versions match on all your cluster nodes via Powershell

This is more of a proof of concept, but I’ve used it with success internally.  Take it and do with it what you want.  Many thx to Brandon who did the “heavy lifting” when I got stuck! Overview: Ever run into cluster issues and wanted to see if the driver file versions matched on all…


SET-ACL on registry key

Man it was hard to find info on using set-acl on a registry key!   I was looking for a way to set an ACL that once set would be inherited by child keys and values.    We needed to give “Local Service” full control on the registry key below and have the subkeys inherit the permission. …


Caught the Powershell Bug.

Over the past few months I have fallen in love with PowerShell.   I’ve taken on a new role (starting in mid-October) that will be more focused on automating out administrative tasks via powershell so the focus of this blog might change more towards that subject.  I think the crowd that congregates here are IT admins…


Display warning text when someone logs onto your servers

This works for Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.  We use it during our reliability study to let the server owners know that they shouldn’t reboot their boxes without a good reason.  You can use it for whatever you’d like. 🙂 The two keys to set: reg add “\\brad-dc-01\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v LegalNoticeCaption /t REG_SZ /d “MSIT…


Getting Access Denied when trying to query rootMSCluster namespace remotely against Windows 2008.

Ran into a weird issue where I was getting access denied when trying to query nodes remotely in powershell.  The query was working fine against Windows 2003 cluster names and worked locally when ran on a Windows 2008 cluster node, it just didn’t work remotely.   Against 2k3: PS C:\Debuggers> gwmi -q "Select name from…


Windows Update fails with 8000FFFF (E_UNEXPECTED)

Quick Solution:  Check the permissions on  the root of C: and ensure that BUILTIN\Users have Read access. Long Story: 8000FFFF == E_UNEXPECTED, not very helpful… Had a client where windows update was continually failing with the error code 8000FFFF.  When looking in the Windows Update log we’d see errors like this: WARNING: PTError: 0x80248014 Handler…


Staring at a blank desktop, due to Interactive missing from Users group

Ran into an issue this week that was strange.  When you TS’d to the box it would just show a blank background and nothing else.  If you tried to launch task manager it would just fail silently to the user (actually access denied in the debugger).  My user account was in the admin group and…