Discover SMB1 in your environment with DSCEA

So, SMB1. Hopefully by now you have already heard and heeded the advice Ned Pyle provided in the link below, and you are no longer using SMB1 in your environment. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1 Let’s say though that for some reason, you have not followed Ned’s advice yet and you still have some Windows systems in your environment that…

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DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released – Introducing exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan

DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released Details on this release are listed below: Introduced exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan Automatic copying of any custom resources needed for a scan from the management system to the remote endpoints being scanned Thank you to Anthony Watherston for adding this capability to DSCEA! Added a new Path parameter, which…

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Introducing DSCEA

Updated with a link to the latest release announcement, DSCEA 1.2.0.0 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/04/05/dscea-1-2-0-0-has-been-released-introducing-exciting-new-updates-to-start-dsceascan/ Hello, World! 🙂 I am incredibly excited to announce the open source release of DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems in an environment against a defined reference MOF file and…

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SQL MP Run As Accounts – NO LONGER REQUIRED – The Thought Process

If you are currently reading this, chances are you might have seen another post with a similar name that Kevin Holman published on 4/26/16 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/04/26/sql-mp-run-as-accounts-no-longer-required/ Kevin did an awesome job of explaining how we can use Service Security Identifiers (SID’s) to provide the SCOM agent service running on a SQL server with access to SQL and enable monitoring without…

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PowerShell – Passing Parameters as Variables using Remote Management and Invoke-Command

Recently I had a need to write a PowerShell script that could accept a set of parameters at script launch, and pass those parameters to an inline scriptblock to allow the input parameters to act as variables in a set of commands against a remote server.  Looking at the documentation for the Invoke-Command cmdlet I…

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SharePoint – SharePoint 2010 and Remote PowerShell for use with System Center Orchestrator 2012

Today we will be taking a look at how to enable a PowerShell script to execute SharePoint cmdlets on a remote server running SharePoint 2010 for use with System Center Orchestrator 2012.  You may be thinking, “That’s sounds simple, I can use PowerShell to remotely execute SharePoint cmdlets using New-PSSession and Invoke-Command.”  And while you…

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Azure – Add an Azure virtual machine to an Active Directory domain that exists on-prem

The following information was inspired by another post by one of my colleagues, Diego Viso.  A few months ago, Diego put up a great post called Creating a site to site (S2S) VPN to Azure with RRAS, one physical NIC and a NAT gateway In that post, Diego provided a great example of using the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS)…

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SCOM 2012 R2 – Use PowerShell to end an active maintenance mode

The following information was inspired by another post by one of my colleagues, Neil Peterson.  Last year, Neil put up a great post called Integrating Cluster Aware Updating with Operations Manager Maintenance Mode – Pre and Post Update Scripts In that post, Neil explained how we could use PowerShell to place cluster nodes into maintenance mode…

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