Posts tagged with "powershell"
With all the SSL vulnerabilities that have come out recently, we've decided to disable some of the older protocols at work so we don't have to worry about them. After getting our group policies setup the way we wanted, we needed a way to validate that the protocols we wanted to disable were actually disabled on our servers.
I guess I should start off this post by saying what I'm doing is a dirty hack, in no way supported, and in general a terrible idea. But it's also really awesome.
One of our SharePoint wiki libraries got in a state where we couldn't edit any of the pages. When we clicked "Edit" we would get the document properties page instead of the wiki editor page. I believe the root cause was someone moving a page from another wiki and the page ended up in the library as a "document" instead of a "wiki page".
I'm not going to cover how to setup your unattend file, or how to customize a PE image… there are plenty of people out there who have covered those topics. What I do want to cover here is how to edit your PE image so that you can force it to connect to a specific WDS server. This will help solve the problem where you want to deploy computers into two domains on the same subnet, but WDS only looks for prestaged computers objects on the domain it is joined to.
We've been having weekly script club meetings at work where anyone who is interested gets together in a conference room and we all work on scripts together so we all have a chance to learn new techniques while solving our real-world problems at the same time. This week I developed a script to mimic the behavior of the SysInternals utility SDelete. The script will be used to reclaim thin-provisioned space from our SAN, and I wanted to develop it during script club to use as an example of how to use the classes in the System.IO namespace to get better IO performance from PowerShell.
I was showing a co-worker how easy it is to ensure that the parameters to his script were actually being set using the
[ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] decorators on his parameter declaration block, and we encountered a bug where he was able to pass an empty string as a parameter to his function and the validation did not catch it.
After deploying our April patches we were having trouble with our Exchange servers, specifically our web mail servers were not responsive and we had high cpu utilization on all our Exchange (2010) boxes (sorry, I don't know exactly which process was going crazy with the CPU). In our initial troubleshooting, it was discovered that other symptoms were Event Viewer and Powershell both crashed immediately upon loading. This pointed us to KB2540222.
At work I had a problem that required me to decode a SID that was stored in a database in binary form in order to locate the user/group that it represented. It turns out this is fairly easy to do, but I couldn't find a Powershell solution online and the solutions in those "other" languages tended to be overly complicated.
When you publish an ExecutionPolicy for Powershell via Group Policy, several issues will crop up. The first I came across is that it breaks several of the Best Practices Analyzers. The second is that it breaks some of the Exchange 2010 installers.
One of the more interesting values to determine how much memory to allocate a machine is the Peak Committed Bytes. This value is available as "Commit Charge (K) - Peak" from Windows 2003 Task Manger and from Sysinternals Process Explorer and is a good representation of the maximum amount of memory that has been used at once since the computer was last rebooted. Wikipedia has more details about the Commit Charge numbers if you want to read more.
Today I was trying to get at my "Health Status" data on my ESX servers though PowerShell using the tutorial posted on the PowerCLI Blog (Monitoring ESX Hardware with Powershell), but I kept getting an "Access Denied" message. I did a little more research into using WSMan in PowerShell and discovered that before V2, there was a way to use a COM object to query WSMan that gave you a little more control over the connection (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.11.heyscriptingguy.aspx).