Category Archives: Windows Server 2008

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Way back when I used to take Microsoft certification exams there were often questions of the form “Perform task X with the minimum of administrative effort” Most, if nor all, of the possible answers would be correct but the correct … Continue reading

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Using AccountManagement classes to set local accounts expiry

This is a little more verbose than the WinNT example function set-expirydate { [CmdletBinding(SupportsShouldProcess=$true)] param ( [parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true)] [string]$computer, [parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true)] [string]$id ) BEGIN {Add-Type -AssemblyName System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement} PROCESS { switch ($computer){ “.” {$computer = $env:computername} “localhost” {$computer = $env:computername} } … Continue reading

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Setting local account expiry dates

Setting expiry dates on AD accounts is a common occurrence and is well documented. Setting expiry dates on local accounts is also possible $user = [adsi]”WinNT://./Test1, user” $expirydate = (Get-Date).AddDays(2) $user.Put(“AccountExpirationDate”, $expirydate) $user.SetInfo() $user.RefreshCache() $user | Format-List * This uses … Continue reading

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Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference

Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference Title: Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference Publisher: Microsoft Press ISBN: 978-0-7356-5672-7 The SysInternals tool set – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx  – should be one of a Windows administrator’s best friends. You may not need them every day but when you do … Continue reading

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Surprise

Life is full of surprises and one that has happened to me revolves around the post that seems to get the most attention.  Since moving to one of my mirrors from Microsoft Live to WordPress one of the extra features … Continue reading

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Book Review: Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

Author: William R. Stanek Publisher: Microsoft Press ISBN: 978-0-7356-2711-6 This is the second edition that has been updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. As usual I am applying my three main criteria for judging a book: · Is it technically … Continue reading

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Hyper-V and Virtual PC

Just a quick warning – be careful if you have virtual machines in virtual PC and switch to using Hyper-V.  Not sure what I did wrong (it was late last night) but managed to trash my virtual SQL Server There … Continue reading

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