Author: Allan Rafuse

PowerShell – Updating the .DEFAULT and All User Profiles Registry

There are times that you may need to push out a change to all existing user profiles and to new profiles that are created on a system. I’ve seen a few PowerShell scripts floating around out there, but they didn’t seem to work for Windows 7 SP1. You may or may not be surprised, but there are many organizations that still run Windows 7. The script is actually pretty simple. Here is the breakdown of the script: Enumerate all the existing user profiles Add the .DEFAULT user profile to the list of existing user profiles Iterate through all the...

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Exporting SCCM Boundaries and Boundary Group Information

Working with SCCM 2012 R2 and SCCM 2016, there are PowerShell cmdlets to export several types of objects from System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Alas, the boundary group Cmdlets just aren’t there yet. Here are a few examples of SCCM objects that support exporting. CommandType Name Version Source Cmdlet Export-CMAntimalwarePolicy 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMApplication 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMBaseline 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMCollection 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMConfigurationItem 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMDriverPackage 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMPackage 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMQuery 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMSecurityRole 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMTaskSequence 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Cmdlet Export-CMWindowsEnrollmentProfile 5.0.8373.1189 ConfigurationManager Here are the commands that work with...

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#MVPDays – Storage Spaces Direct – Getting your feet wet

Today at the #MVPDays Vancouver we talked to people who had never heard of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direction (S2D). It’s hard to believe, but yes there are people out there that haven’t had the chance to get up to date on the latest Windows Server 2016 Operating System. This is usually due to meetings, ongoing projects and running older version of the Windows OS. So what were the big take aways from the session?

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Opening/Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 PowerShell

Nothing truly new here, but it is a new year and a new environment for me. I’ve just sat down at my seat at a customer’s location and wanted to inventory a bunch of things inside their System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 environment. Regardless it’s older and we’re in the process of migrating to Configuration Manager 2016! Exciting times ahead! In any case, I installed the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 console on my Windows 7 laptop (64-bit). See where things are going. We’re not running the latest and greatest… yet 😉

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GPO/GPP – Control the Local Administrators Group

One of the issues that data center or even any Windows Administrator has is managing the local administrators group on each and every one of their domain members. There is a lovely security setting that has been around for many years, Restricted Groups, which can be controlled via local security policies of via GPO. This works, but has a few pitfalls as you’ve probably run into once in a while. Keep reading to see how you can solve some of them with Group Policy Preferences.

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