Use PowerShell to Get BIOS Information on Remote Servers

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to retrieve BIOS information from remote servers.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I really hope you can help me. I need to get a list of basic BIOS information from our servers. All of the servers that I need are listed in a single organizational unit…


Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Go Back in Time

Summary: Guest blogger, Matt Tisdale, talks about mounting a previous version of Active Directory to see what has changed. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This week, guest blogger, Matt Tisdale contributed the following posts: Optimize Performance of AD DS Queries via PowerShell Weekend Scripter: A Little PowerShell Help Here…Please? Let’s finish off the…


Find Active Directory User Info with the PowerShell Provider

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about how to use the Windows PowerShell provider to find user information in Active Directory.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I often need to find information in Active Directory, but I do not like having to write LDAP queries. To me, it is soooo last century—I mean, Fred Flintstone used…


Playing with the AD: Drive for Fun and Profit

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using the AD: drive to explore Active Directory Domain Services.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I will confess that I love using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. I love the way I can use Windows PowerShell to create new users or to easily search for and find…


Use PowerShell to Prepare for a Domain Upgrade

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to obtain operating system version information from domain controllers. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The weather in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been a bit strange of late. There were tornados in Georgia recently, and the temperatures around here rose to 70 degrees…


Weekend Scripter: Using .NET Framework Enumerations in Windows PowerShell

Summary: Guest bloggers Microsoft PFEs Adam Haynes and Shubert Somer talk about using .NET Framework enumerations with Active Directory. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today is part 3 of a 5-part series by guest blogger Adam Haynes with help along the way from his friend Shubert Somer. You will want to go back…


Weekend Scripter: Basics of .NET Framework Language

Summary: Two Microsoft PFEs discuss the basics of .NET Framework language elements as they relate to Windows PowerShell with examples from Active Directory. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today is part 2 of a 5-part series written by guest blogger Adam Haynes with some help from his friend Shubert Somer. You can read…


Use a PowerShell Script to Show Active Directory Backup Status Info

Summary: Microsoft Active Directory PFE Adam Haynes talks about a Windows PowerShell script he wrote to find Active Directory backup status without using repadmin. Ed Wilson is here. Today is the first of five guest blogs written by Microsoft PFE Adam Haynes with some help along the way from his friend Microsoft PFE Shubert Somer….


Use PowerShell to Query AD DS for DHCP Servers

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to query the Active Directory configuration context to return DHCP servers. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the cool things about Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 is the numerous cmdlets and functions available. After installing the Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) on…


Create Test Users in a Test Active Directory Environment by Using PowerShell

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, creates a bunch of test users in a test AD DS environment by using Windows PowerShell.  Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a problem at work. It seems that the people who fill out titles and descriptions for the users in Active Directory do not follow a standard naming convention—heck, they…