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  • Handling the userPrincipalName in PowerShell

    I dealt with the importance of the userPrincipalName in one of my very early blog postings, dated May 26, 2004: The User Principal Name and You . While my company has changed, the basic information contained within that post has not changed at all. I would add one fact: the current Active Directory forest...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-07-2009
  • Exchange 2007 and Windows 2008: Offline Exchange Backup

    In my article Getting a List of Stores in a PowerShell Script you learned how to obtain a list of all the files involved for the Exchange database stores on a particular Exchange server. In the preceding article, Getting a List of Storage Groups in a PowerShell Script , you learned how to obtain a list...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 01-06-2009
  • Getting a List of Stores in a PowerShell Script

    In my last post, Getting a List of Storage Groups in a PowerShell Script , you saw how to use the information from the Get-StorageGroup cmdlet to discover the particular disk volumes used by a storage group and to build a list of the files that were used by the storage group. Now, that list of files...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 12-23-2008
  • Getting a List of Storagegroups in a PowerShell Script

    In Getting Our Computername in a PowerShell Script , you learned how to do just that - store the running computer name (the short NetBIOS name) into a PowerShell variable. At the same time, you learned WHY and HOW it worked. From this point forward, I'll presume that you've executed this particular...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 12-11-2008
  • userAccountControl manipulation

    The userAccountControl attribute, which resides on each user and computer object in an Active Directory forest, is responsible for, well, controlling lots of things about those accounts. For example it controls whether an account is locked out, or whether an account is disabled, or whether the password...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 12-11-2008
  • Getting Our Computername in a PowerShell Script

    There are lots of reasons why you may want to get the name of your computer while you are executing a PowerShell script, from a parameter you want to pass to a cmdlet or function or for generating a filename. Thankfully, PowerShell makes it easy. Just like our old friend, cmd.exe, PowerShell makes the...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 11-25-2008
  • Exchange Connections - Fall 2008

    Next week, in Las Vegas, Nevada is the semiannual Connections conference. The Connections conference is a technical conference covering SQL Connections, Windows Connections, Exchange Connections, etc. There are lots of individual tracks, both for IT Pros and Devs. I'll be speaking next week at the...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 11-04-2008
  • Accessing a Web site with PowerShell

    This is just another quick sample of what you can do in PowerShell by leveraging the .Net framework. Need to access a website? No problem. System.Net.WebRequest to the rescue! Note that you can specify credentials, read all the data, follow the links, etc. Just depends on how far you want to go... function...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 10-13-2008
  • Attribute Scoped Queries (ASQs) in PowerShell

    I'm in the process of tech-reviewing an important book (you'll want it on your shelf once it is released), and one of the things I did today was spend a while figuring out how to do Attribute Scoped Queries in PowerShell. If you develop in C# or C++, or use adfind to do your searches, those tools...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 07-21-2008
  • Creating Many Users with PowerShell and Admod

    One of the mailing lists I read and occaisionally post on is named ActiveDir. A lot of heavy-hitters in the AD world hang-out around there. I've learned quite a bit by lurking there. A recent poster had wanted to create a few thousand accounts for testing purposes, and have them all follow a certain...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 06-07-2008
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