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Power-Guessing The Number

I decided to help @Matt out a bit and ask a PowerShell question. This is a simple guess-the-number game learning how to use functions with and without parameters, and use the input and output ...
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Sherlock is going against the Beast with PowerShell

I ran into this challenge a couple of times today and thought I could tackle it with PowerShell. I refused to look at other peoples approaches to this hoping to complete it on my own. I'm sure the ...
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Non-install based customization for creating windows 7 images

Before I had access to VM's, money or had any PowerShell knowledge I made this script that would do some image customizations for me. I used physical computers and would be reinstalling the OS while I ...
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Find related groups among list of users

I have one of my first PowerShell scripts that will query a list of users in Active Directory. While doing so it will keep a tally in a hashtable that will update for every group increasing it count ...
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Powershell script to iterate through folder and restore SQL backups

I am working on a PowerShell script which will loop through a directory containing SQL Server database backup .bak files; move the files to a different location; restore each of those files to the ...
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Creating a portable encrypted credential store

There have been a few questions over on SO recently about securely storing credentials in Powershell scripts. Because ConvertFrom-SecureString uses DPAPI it makes ...
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SharePoint Online inventory

I'm creating a script to turn into a commandlet we can reuse as part of our custom PowerShell module. This works, but is very slow. I don't suspect it is anything to do with my code. I have to ...
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Delete orphaned SIDS + change to full control

I need to delete all the orphaned SIDs in the ACLs of about 20 shares (between 100GB/6TB) and change full control of users groups to other permissions (modify or read/execute). I have done this script ...
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Batch/PowerShell script that toggles the minimized state of a window

I wrote this script for a user who wants to toggle the minimized state of a window that minimizes to the tray. The user required a .bat script, so I wrote a bat + PowerShell hybrid script in order to ...
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FizzBuzz: A PowerShell Story

After reading way too much into what fizzbuzz was I though PowerShell could easily have its way with this. ...
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Query AD and build CSV based on certain user object properties

My question is about code efficiency. I recently had to write a Powershell 3.0 script which had the following criteria: It had to pull all enabled user objects from active directory It had to pull ...
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XML editing and merging

I have only started working with XML files and PowerShell. I feel that while there are many ways to accomplish the same thing that I might be doing the following inefficiently. This is all based on ...
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Powershell zip subfolders recursively, conditionally

This is a progression of the script I posted here: Zip the contents of subfolders, conditionally It does this: Determines all subfolders recursively Checks each subfolder for files older than 31 ...
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Powershell to break apart large flat files (e.g. csv)

I created the below script to help break apart large flat files; to save myself effort opening files which are several gigs in a text editor and manually split them. So far I've only tested on sample ...
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Enforcing Paired Statements Using ScriptBlock

I really like c#'s Using statement as it allows you to pair Open statements with their corresponding ...
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Oneliner to extract External IP from IFCONFIG.CO

I wrote a small function in powershell that works fine, however I feel its extremely hacky and I'm sure there must be a smarter way to do this. In the interests of learning, what can I do to improve ...
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Zip the contents of subfolders, conditionally

I've written a script in Powershell for zipping files into new folders. This script performs the following steps: Check whether each subfolder contains non-zip files which are older than 31 days If ...
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PowerShell GUI to display information about users

I have a GUI file which is currently being ran by VBS, but I have a few issues: PowerShell v2 is what is being run on every machine and I cant change that, runs very slow on first time launch. it ...
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Powershell function to get hash value of a file

I created a function to get the hash value of a file. Normally the output is 3 lines. My function does 3 things: extracts the hash value removes the spaces in between the hash value prints hash ...
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PHP to Powershell - Transport Function

I had previously made a script for an Active directory password changer but i wanted to compress the main component into a function by itself to keep it small. ...
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Querying list of servers with PS to report on Scheduled Tasks

I work in a Windows environment where Scheduled Tasks have never been documented or kept up with, leaving us with about 150 servers that have a random smattering of tasks. I am attempting to construct ...
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Terminating an Active Directory user

I'm writing an AD Termination script for work. I'm new to PowerShell and was wondering if multiple commands within PowerShell switch statement is okay to do: ...
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Powershell to Convert HTML Table to Array of PSCustomObject

I created the below script to sent a request to a website, then convert the table in the results to an array of PSObjects which I can work with in PowerShell. This uses some nasty hacks (e.g. using a ...
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Tree-view of Active Directory group memberships using recursion

Using Powershell, I've created a script to create a tree-view of a group/s' memberships in Active Directory. I originally had layers of nested loops, but I wanted a more algorithmic solution. The ...
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Powershell to quickly ping a number of machines

I came up with the below code to improve the peformance of pinging a large number of machines. At present it's fairly basic, but thought I should see what people thought before proceeding further. ...
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PowerShell Unpivot Object

Based on a question on SO I thought I'd knock up a cmdlet to perform an unpivot on an object. I've not yet considered all the options (e.g. what happens when objects with empty lists are passed), so ...
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Import Excel, unpivot data, output tab-delimited for SQL Import

I have a client GL file (Excel) that needs to be regularly imported to SQL Server (as tab-delimited txt). Sample (simplified): ...
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Delete folder if it exists in PowerShell

In my PowerShell script I'm trying to delete a folder, but only if it exists: if (Test-Path $folder) { Remove-Item $folder -Recurse; } I find myself repeating ...
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Getting a list of all computer objects in each AD domain

So I wrote this script and although it does work I can't help but think that it can be more efficient with all the repetitive code. Can anyone offer any suggestions on making it fewer lines and ...
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Powershell photo sorter/mover

I'm just beginning in Powershell - This will be my first full project, start to finish, and it's quite small. I have already had experience in C#, which helps in this .Net based language. This ...
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Convert list of UTC to Current TimeZone

I found myself with a list of UTC timestamps and wanted to convert them into the local time zone. Using this web post as a starting point, I modified the script to grab a text file containing UTC ...
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MD5 hash comparison for two folders

Using this page for a starting point into comparing MD5 hash values from files in two different folders, I've put something together that outputs either Copied if ...
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Extracting first initial and last name [closed]

How can I do this better? $a = "Tom Smith" ; $e = $a.substring(0,1) $ee = ($a).split(" "); $y = $e + $ee[1]; $y TSmith
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PowerShell within HTA

I've put some code together that helps me search an internal ticket system using an HTA application with some TextBoxes and some embedded VBScript that runs PowerShell scripts. The PowerShell scripts ...
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Write to the event log without needing to check whether or not it exists by use of a `-Force` parameter

Below is some powershell to write to the event log; if the -Force parameter is specified this saves you the effort of writing additional code to first check whether ...
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Backing up single-user PC data

I wrote a PS script to backup data from single user pcs to their network homedrive. The purpose of this tool is to save some time and ensure process consistency when reimaging/replacing machines. I ...
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Powershell search millions of files as fast as possible

I once asked a similar question but in C#. Now I have the same problem in powershell.. What is the fastest way, to search files newer than 15 minutes, in a file system with more than 1 million files? ...
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Powershell script to create folders on remote servers

This is pretty much the first Powershell script I've ever done and I am here looking for a quick review of it. Is there something I could have done better? Is the format okay? I don't know much about ...
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Recycling Internet Explorer

Is there anything I can do to this code to optimize it to use less resources? ...
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Getting essential computer info for network admins

I recently had to install VNC on mass across a lot of computers on a domain and needed some info about their PC, for example: Host name Username MAC Address IPv4 Address Domain name Once all of ...
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Active directory password changer

I have written this Active Directory password changer script. Comments and testing is appreciated for things I may have overlooked, since this is my first AD Script. There are two parts: PHP and ...
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Powershell Windows Service Deployment

Based on this with a couple of changes. Any issues you can point out would be great. param([string]$targetServer, [string]$user, [string]$pass) ...
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AD update from CSV

I get a CSV dump of all employee records from our payroll system once a week. The CSV has something like 28K records. The key between the two systems is the ...
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Adding file name information to CSV file columns

Is there a simple way to combine the functions of this Powershell script? It would be nice to have it file to one output file instead of several output files. ...
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Create Dummy Files for Testing

I have two different folders. In one folder, I have files that will be exported to a remote site via FTP. In a second folder, I have .dat files that will be processed by a ftp client program that ...
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PowerShell Active Directory Browser

I've just published ADExploder. It's a single-script PowerShell app (source) that uses classic Windows Forms and the Directory Services API to be able to browse nodes and properties of Active ...
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PowerShell script to automate the search of DLL files

I often write different applications in C++ using different libraries, and sometimes it takes a lot of time to find where are the *.dll files to distribute. I use ...
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A PowerShell script like one-way rsync but worse

This PowerShell script works a bit like a one-way rsync; it's good enough for my Surface RT needs, anyway. However, seeing as this is my first PS script, and I was ...
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Writing a small script to extract MS Exchange audit logs in .csv format

Background I'm using MS Exchange 2013 in my environment, and have a separate siem box which analyze logs produced by different systems (i.e exchange). The logs for Exchange are internally stored and ...
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Fastest Windows script to move files from one did to a network dir

I wrote a script that moves files older than two days over to a network share (via scheduled task). Windows Task Scheduler doesn't seem to like the script so much, but it works well by itself. Is ...