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How to create a StartMenu link on the Desktop with PowerShell

Introduction With the interface changes to Windows 8 and above we see the ease of adding shortcuts by dragging or right clicking on the StartMenu links and sending to the desktop diminished,  but with PowerShell we can easily automate creating links to folders and applications. In this post we will see just how easy it is to create these  links. Code The code is simple, we will need to create a... read more

How To Use PowerShell to Retrieve User Account MemberShip data and Export to CSV

Introduction Recently had a request to retrieve specific information out of Active Directory and save the results to a CSV file for our auditors. The data to retrieve for the user is Name,Enabled,Created and MemberOf. The catch was to remove the CN and OU from the memberof output from PowerShell. In this post we will cover just how to accomplish that. Process The goal was to use PowerShell to retrieve the... read more

How To Display Windows Shares Using PowerShell and WMI

Introduction By using PowerShell to call WMI we can gather information on the share on a system or on  a remote system. In this post we will cover how retrieve basic nd some detailed information using PowerShell and WMI. With Windows 8.1 ans Server 2012 R2 there have been added cmdlets called Get-SmbShare which will be covered in future posts. The Commands So let’s get started on getting some... read more

Installing WMF 5 and PowerShell 5 on Windows 2012 R2

Introduction PowerShell continues to improve, many features are being added and now we have PowerShell 5 that is available for installation on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.1. The installation is simple and only requires a reboot. Windows Management Framework 5.0 (WMF 5) includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), Windows Remote Management (WinRM),... read more

How To Remove Windows 10 Pre-Installed Apps

Introduction You just installed Windows 10 and have been getting the feel of Microsoft’s latest version and notice there is alot of extra stuff installed. Windows 10 comes with a bunch of pre-installed apps. Fortunately, you can use PowerShell to remove any app you don’t like. You will need Administrator privileges to remove them from your system. Step 1 – Open a PowerShell Session Open... read more

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